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The Village Audiobook

The Village

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Few American battles have been so extended, savage, and personal. A handful of Americans volunteered to live among six thousand Vietnamese, training farmers to defend their village. Such "Combined Action Platoons" (CAPs) are not a lost footnote about how the war could have been fought; only the villagers remain to bear witness. This is the story of 15 resolute young Americans matched against two hundred Viet Cong; how a CAP lived, fought, and died; and why the villagers remember them to this day.

©2002 Bing West (P)2011 Tantor

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"A minor classic about war." (The Washington Post)

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    Jonathan P. Showalter The Hague, Netherlands 09-17-12
    Jonathan P. Showalter The Hague, Netherlands 09-17-12 Member Since 2017

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    "An enjoyable read!"
    Would you listen to The Village again? Why?

    The Village is a good guide for leadership who are looking for guidance in difficult situations.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are quite a few humorous shenanigans that take place when you bring marines together. Hiding prostitutes from a high ranking officer was my favorite scene. Don't be mislead though, there is a detailed history here of why the Marines are in the village that will satisfy anyone who is curious about Vietnam in the 1960s.


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    Francis Rogg 06-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Deserves to be a Classic"

    I titled this review as such because I believe this book has massive relevance to today's world. At a time where policy makers have thus far vacillated on how to deal with today's quagmired theaters of war, Bing West's account of living through a microcosm of victory in the Vietnam War is a treasure of knowledge that we cannot afford to ignore.

    Beyond its informative value, the book is also simply thrilling. The story of small platoon half-staffed by handpicked Marines and completed with locals who found a way to stave off the resolve and manpower of much larger NVA and VC forces thrills from chapter to chapter. West's love for both the Marines and the locals they lived, fought, and died beside is impossible not to share. I absolutely urge all who find this book to read it. I will certainly be recommending it to many of my friends.

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    Amazon Customer 06-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Proud Heritage"

    This was required reading for my unit prior to deployment to Iraq in 2005. The subtle aspects of counterinsurgency learned in this book served us well. It was nothing learned in a classroom or tactical setting per se, but living with other human beings you start to care for. It is said these are not more of the stories remembered from questionable wars.

    Semper Fidelis Marines.

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    Stephen 03-21-16
    Stephen 03-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The Village - Mico Study of Counterinsurgency"

    Story: A classic on COIN in one village (a large entity in Vietnam) and the techniques that were successful if not too late for the disaffect US media and public. A must read / listen for military leaders as well as a civic leaders on the need for multiple lines of effort in any society: security, economics, governance, and communication.

    Reader: Good.

    Production: Good.

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    Ernest 03-18-16
    Ernest 03-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Book"

    A great story into the depths of an incredible unit operating in a little Vietnam village. You get to know all the characters well, and the battles get intense. The only drawback is that it is a little hard to follow sometimes, most likely due to it being an audiobook, listened to and not actually read by you.

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