Synopses & Reviews
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 not 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.
"A minor classic about war." ---The Washington Post
"Peter Berkrot's strong baritone reads this work with great confidence. He is steady and projects effortlessness in relating the tales of the deadly cat-and-mouse game the marines and the villagers played with the VC." ---Library Journal Audio Review
In Black Hawk Down, the fight went on for a day. In We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young, the fighting lasted three days. In The Village, one Marine squad fought for 495 days—and half of them died.
About the Author
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. A frequent contributor to defense jounals, his writing has also appeared in such publications as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. He is also the author of The Wrong War, No True Glory, The Strongest Tribe, and The Pepperdogs, among others. West lives in Newport, Rhode Island, with his wife. A veteran of stage and screen, Peter Berkrot's career spans four decades. Highlights include feature roles in Caddyshack and Showtime's Brotherhood, and appearances on America's Most Wanted and Unsolved Mysteries. His voice can be heard on television, radio, video games, documentaries and industrials. He is a prominent acting coach and a regular contributor to the award-winning news program Frontline produced by WGBH in Boston. Peter served as director of narration for the Emmy-nominated The Truth About Cancer. Peter has recorded a number of audiobooks, including three by Peter Hessler: Country Driving, Oracle Bones, and River Town. Other favorite titles include The Woods by Harlan Coben, English, August by Upamanyu Chatterjee, The Fifth Vial by Michael Palmer, American Brutus by Michael W. Kauffmann, Better by Atul Gawande, and Some Sort of Epic Grandeur by Matthew J. Bruccoli.