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In November 1965, some 450 men of the First Battalion, Seventh Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, were dropped by helicopter into a small clearing in the Ia Drang Valley. They were immediately surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. Three days later, only two and a half miles away, a sister battalion was chopped to pieces. Together, these actions at the landing zones X-Ray and Albany constituted one of the most savage and significant battles of the Vietnam War. How these men persevered - sacrificed themselves for their comrades and never gave up - makes a vivid portrait of war at its most inspiring and devastating.

General Moore and Joseph Galloway, the only journalist on the ground throughout the fighting, have interviewed hundreds of men who fought there, including the North Vietnamese commanders. This devastating account rises above the specific ordeal it chronicles to present a picture of men facing the ultimate challenge, dealing with it in ways they would have found unimaginable only a few hours earlier. It reveals to us, as rarely before, man's most heroic and horrendous endeavor.

©1992 Lt. General H. G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway (P)2018 Tantor

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Watershed Vietnam war battle

Narration: clear enunciation and proper pronunciation, appropriately paced, vocal quality good match for subject matter.

Structure: traightforward forward narration follows actual timeline.

Editing: needs shortening. So much detail obfuscates clear understanding of what was taking place when. Need maps.

Importance: vivid account of signature Vietnam war battle.
Somwhat difficult to follow because too many moving parts. Still an important work.

Recommendation: read book and/or listen to print version.

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Garry Owen sir,

A graphic telling of the battles in the Ia Drang valley, Vietnam and heart wrenching aftermath at home

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GREAT READ

Love it. Watched the movie first. Book was so much better. Glad that when I was there I didn't see what they had. I feel more of a comradeship with my fellow vets now.

The letters from the families brought me to tears?

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powerful

I loved the movie, so I figured I'd read the book. Glad I did. Such a powerful story and well written. Thank you General Moore and SM Plumley, along with all your valiant soldiers. Narrated well also.

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Excellent Book!<br />

I was in love with this book! I finished the whole thing in two days. if you have not watched the movie, please do!

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Fantastic!!

Great book from start to finish! I wasn’t so sure I wanted it to end.

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Excellent Story

The actions taken by these men to save their fellow soldiers is amazing. The narration was excellent, I would highly recommend this book.

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Wow

After experiencing a book like this, any type of review I could come up with seems lacking. The sacrifice of the brave men at Landing Zone X-Ray and Albany should never be forgotten. This account retells their story with the attention to detail and respect that it deserves.

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So vivid with the reality of war

the reality of war and sadness of the men and families it affected is truly unforgettable. I was brought to tears when the excerpts of the families of the fallen were being told. I have served in the middle east and this truly brings the truth of the troops that serve in combat.

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A Book for all to Read

I have read many books about Vietnam and this book is the truth about the war, and those who served. It gives you the true overall picture what the political power did inside the military and those decisions that
hurt a great army...preventing it to fight on the battlefield correctly. Generals in the field should not be handcuffed by political back room
assholes!