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Ia Drang - The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Length: 16 hrs
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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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The best book on the Vietnam war I have read.

The best book on the Vietnam war I have read. War is hell and horrible.

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Eyeopener

It's time we hear the stories of our VETS. Narrator fits perfectly with this book.

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not like the movie

two chapters in and no idea what's happening. all it talked about was people getting shot but had zero flow or plot to follow.

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Powerful.

This book has deepened my respect for those who have been to war. It puts things into perspective. A must read for anyone who ever considers joining our nation's military.