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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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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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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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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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Raw, Brave, Heroic, Heartbreaking...

An intense and real look at the Vietnam War and these specific battles! Hal Moore and Joe Galloway wrote brilliantly, and are true American Heroes! Wonderful book and narration!

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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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Warriors' Tales to Know

As a Marine, I knew this was a work that needed to be read. The stories of these men should never, nor will ever, be forgotten. Semper Fi my brothers, we have the watch.

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Incredible

This was masterfully written and narrated. You truly felt the anguish and difficult decisions that were made from multiple soldiers and family members accounts of what happened during the beginnings of the Vietnam War. The movie does not give real justice to what occurred.

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Great sacrifices made by these troopers

This is basically a written documentary, with dozens of very short stories from the perspective of the many men under Hal Moore's command. Then it will suddenly shift to Moore's thought's or perspective, then back to a different soldiers perspective. Overall I got the story he was trying to tell, but it was hard work at times to follow this book. He probably names half the soldiers in his battalion and their home towns by the end. I can't help but feel that this book was written more for the men of his battalion and is not as good of a read for the general public.

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A must read for all of us

A real analysis of close up war and fighting. A post op discussion of how we prepare more for an unknown war as well as a war we can only somewhat plan for. A study of how to avoid war if possible but have a mental mindset that we are either preparing for war or in a war.
I understand why this is required reading in all our military colleges. It’s a story of amazing courage, bravery, imagination as well as a keen understanding that arrogance and bravado looses wars. And that not only us, but our enemies learn from each battle.