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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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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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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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Excellent

Lots of personal combat stories what you crave in a memoir need more like this!

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Good story, a bit slow

Interesting book. The story and setting are very unique, and it was very satisfying to have main characters of color in a fantasy book. It was a very good story, but I found it slow. Slow enough to consider putting it aside. By the last quarter of the book I found myself dissecting scenes for what could have been left out without damaging the story or plot-line.

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