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The Village

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Village by Bing West

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In "Black Hawk Down, " the fight went on for a day. In "We Were Soldiers Once & Young, " the fighting lasted three days. In "The Village, " one Marine squad fought for 495 days half of them died. Few American battles have been so extended, savage and personal. A handful of Americans volunteered to live among six thousand Vietnamese, training farmers to defend their village. Such Combined Action Platoons (CAPs) are now a lost footnote about how the war could have been fought; only the villagers remain to bear witness. This is the story of fifteen resolute young Americans matched against two hundred Viet Cong; how a CAP lived, fought and died. And why the villagers remember them to this day."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780743457576
ISBN-10: 0743457579
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 111mm x 28mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Simon & Schuster International
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Bing West

Francis J. "Bing" West served in Vietnam as a Marine infantry officer, and later as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Dean of Research at the Naval War College, an analyst at the RAND Corporation, and a lead CNN commentator during Desert Storm. He is currently president of the GAMA Corporation. A frequent contributor to defense journals, West is also the author of Small Unit Action in Vietnam, and Naval Forces and National Security. His new novel, "The Pepperdogs, " is available from Simon & Schuster. Visit his Web site at

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