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A Green Beret's gripping memoir of American Special Forces in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.   

In 1970, on his second tour to Vietnam, Nick Brokhausen served in Recon Team Habu, CCN. Officially, it was known as the Studies and Observations group. In fact, this Special Forces squad, which Brokhausen calls "an unwashed, profane, ribald, joyously alive fraternity", undertook some of the most dangerous and suicidal reconnaissance missions ever in the enemy-controlled territory of Cambodia and Laos. 

But they didn't infiltrate the jungles alone. They fought alongside the Montagnards - oppressed minorities from the mountain highlands, trained by the US military in guerrilla tactics, armed, accustomed to the wild, and fully engaged in a war against the North Vietnamese. 

Together, this small unit formed the backbone of ground reconnaissance in the Republic of Vietnam, racking up medals for valor - but at a terrible cost.

©2018 Casemate Publishers and Nick Brokhausen (P)2018 Tantor

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Is there such a thing as funny war genre ??

I couldn't stop laughing until I realized that he was writing about death, mayhem and general anarchy. The book had a unique perspective that is not typical in this genre. It was the funniest book I have read in some time, not the subject matter, but the authors internal monologue is exactly what you would expect some super badass Green Beret 's attitude to be.

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Very unique approach to a combat memoir! Hilarious

As a combat veteran and lover of history I have read hundreds of non-fiction and memoir style combat books. This is the first written with such focus on the lighter side of being a grunt in a combat zone. It very much reminded me of crazy episodes that occurred as we filthy infantrymen terrorized the rear bases that we made visits too. Nick is an amazing story teller. I couldn't count the times I laughed as I listened.

My only wish is that there had been more combat stories. All in all, the book was well worth the listen. Not one I will read over and over like some classics but well worth the time.

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Excellent action, very funny

Reminds me of my top ‘Nam book Go to Go by Harry Constance. Tons of bloody action, jokes, pranks, and serious notes about lives lost. I loved it and I read every enlisted war memoir that comes out.

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Excellent read.

I though I had read just about all the Viet Nam Special Forces books out there and to be honest I though "We Few" was going to be a mediocre book at best. But the book built up steam like a locomotive and I couldn't put it down, turned out to be one of, if not the best book I have read on Special Forces in Viet Nam. The only down side is at the end of the 27th chapter when the story ends. Thanks

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A hilarious tale of brutal warfare

Veteran here. Recently started reading/listening to a lot of military biographies and autobiographies. This is one of the best so far. Nick captures the sick, twisted humor and antics of combat arms units perfectly. He is incredibly witty, yet surprisingly humble. The reality is, the sacrifices these men made were far too great and they sustained horrible losses throughout the war. We owe a great deal to these men, whether or not we agree with the war. I am very much looking forward to reading his next book Whispers in the Tall Grass.

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Great Book

A must read for those who have interest in special forces. Nick Brokhausen does not weigh the reader down with trivia. We Few is not a cowboy shoot-em-up but is an honest, smooth flowing and often satirical look through his eyes. George Spelvin really brings the book to life. Nick Brokhausen is the real deal and a true hero. I hope to see more.

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Great job, Loved it.

I throughly enjoyed the unique style of the book and I thought the narrator fit my mental picture of Nick. I liked the clever descriptions with subtle humor sprinkled throughout the book.
I like your style of story telling Nick. I’m going to look for more of your books. Again good job on your book and thank you for your service.

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Great stories here.

I understood how these guys felt they had nothing to lose after surviving the experiences they had.I thoroughly enjoyed it but if I had any frivolous complaints,it would be that the ending was rather abrupt. I do recommend giving it a listen.

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New Favorite

I've read all the SOG books I could find & for whatever reason, always skipped Nick's books. Guess I was saving the best for last. I'm a big Kurt Vonnegut fan & Nick writes in his style while sharing the accounts of a SOG veteran. Just finished both books for a second time & will definitely continue to reread. The only bad unenjoyable part is the reality that they end. I wish Nick had been in SOG longer so he'd produce more books:-). In seriousness, I'd love to have more of Nick's material to read... maybe accounts from his first tour, pre army, post army. I'd read them if he'd write them.

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Great stories of one of the truly "Few".

The little-known yet legendary SOG warriors were elite, and courageous in the extreme. Brokhausen makes light of their experiences while describing how dire their circumstances very often were. Excellent and funny.

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  • 07-18-19

The most entertaining Vietnam macvsog recall

Love the narrator and the central figures sense of humor , read and listened to every SOG book and this was my favorite

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  • 08-09-19

possibly one of my favourite reads in a long time.

If Hunter S Thomson had served in Vietnam, this is how he would tell you of his exploits. A great book! the way the people in the book are described really paints a picture in your minds eye. and the narrator compliments this perfectly. I'm really looking forward to the author's next book

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  • Wayne bates
  • 05-05-21

Outstanding

Couldn’t stop listening
Brutal honesty of what war does to men and those around them


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  • mr christopher donnelly
  • 05-01-21

Absolute class

As an avid reader / listener of war and SF memoirs I can honestly say good book is in a different league to the rest. It will make you excited, tense, laugh and maybe cry...you will not be disappointed

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  • Sandy
  • 04-02-21

Good book. Very entertaining.

Brokhausen tells hiis war stories with a particular uniqueness. Very entertaining and insightful, his stories gives a different insight into the Special Forces war in Vietnam.

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  • J W.
  • 03-03-21

It doesn't spend 6 hrs rehashing bloody boot camp

I've listened to some shit in my time, some of it has bored me to tears. But not this book. It's not a history lecture, nor a list of faceless names (although respect to those names) and places I can't pronounce. Call me a uneducated heathen. A thoroughly enjoyable listen. Author does a superlative job. Voice suited to the job.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-18-21

hillarious and brutal

never laughed this hard at a war book before. it was an amazing book for sure. i lost it when they stole the halftrack and ordered nazi uniforms to drive around in on camp l

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  • supersix
  • 01-13-21

bittersweet

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true warriors of a
conflict now fading .. but still bright in the memory of those brothers that
bonded them forever..

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  • Karl K
  • 01-07-21

Unique reflection

Memoir of a special forces solder who falls into a recon unit working deep in the enemies rear. A bunch off oddballs who work with Montanyard mercenaries. A mix of intense combat and intense play.

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  • Strike Freedom
  • 10-07-20

Enjoyable

I was in SOG recon FOB 2 Kontum, 66-67. The book was like viewing and listening to people I knew at the places I had been. It glows because I was one of the few. It hurts remembering those that paid through ultimate price.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-21-21

very insightful book...

recommend this and the next book.
really good presentation the puts life in the SF in perspective

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-03-21

Best Vietnam war book

Highly recommend We Few and Whispers in the tall grass. Hard to beat in terms of action humour and tragedy.

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  • James
  • 11-04-20

A great story with no conscience

I really enjoyed this story of men surviving awful situations thru childish ribbing of each-other and you feel as if you are there in the jungle! Every mission is intense, pointless and has no outcome but the killing of a few enemy, then to fly away in their helicopters. You feel for these young men put in a situation of intense stress and can only pity them when they hit civilian street and wonder how they could process normal life? It was disappointing that the writer does not examine his soul, intellect, purpose or if it's ok to kill all these people? Despite this a great listen.

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  • Mick Rose
  • 03-24-20

One of the Special Forces books

This book is great I loved the stories especially Nicks Humour thru out the book. This is one of the best SF books going around at the moment.

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  • Daniel Foote
  • 01-07-21

Wonderful. Exceptional.

This and Whispers in the Tall Grass are nothing short of a beautiful gift from Nick.