The Village Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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 15 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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|Listening Length||9 hours and 49 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 13, 2011|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #94,730 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#97 in Vietnam War
#706 in Vietnam War History (Books)
#3,100 in History of the Americas (Audible Books & Originals)
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In the book these Marines were in a fort kinda, we had a compound. They, the Marines in the book were in a large village. We, my Marines were in a more isolated smaller village doing the same thing as in the book. This is a book on what we CAP Marines did and is true down to the smallest details. 14 months I served in "CAP".
I am at 73yrs and still up every two hours each night. This book is very very well written and true. Semper Fi my CAP Brothers!! Welcome home.
Many readers may have to exercise quite a bit of patience at first however, because despite a well structured framework, much of the first third of the book focuses almost exclusively on the night patrols that the Marines and their South Vietnamese allies were so often required to engage in throughout the war. As a result, the narrative sometimes seems to get lost in all the details, as one account of lying in wait for the enemy in the pitch black jungle night often feels very much like all the other, quite similar accounts. And if you're like yours truly, you may actually be more interested in the real life characters than all the obligatory military details and jargon. But don't let that deter you. Francis J. West Jr.'s The Village is still a very engrossing and highly educational read.
And honestly, it's hard to fault the author too much on account of the mostly monotonous details about all the mostly monotonous night patrols American soldiers had to endure in Vietnam, because all that gritty martial stuff is of course highly integral to telling the unique story of all the vivid characters that the author somehow manages to render so very exquisitely. And thankfully, as the narrative progresses, and with the introduction of a number of new characters and situations, everything in the book starts to feel a great deal more immersive, intimate, and truly quite riveting.
In fact, what author Bing West does best in The Village, is give readers an up close and very personal view of what life "in country" during the Vietnam war was really like. Yes, in my humble estimation, West seems most adept (and masterful, really) at rendering his highly authentic portraits of American and Vietnamese soldiers and civilians. Remarkably, neither side is automatically vilified or presented as cardboard cutout heroes or villains, and a more than worthy attempt is made in almost every case to paint a realistic picture of each and every individual presented in the book.
Best of all, this is not your run of the mill book about the Vietnam War! So I can only highly recommend it to absolute anyone, whether they have any interest in the Vietnam conflict at all or not. All the real life individuals (friends, foes and otherwise) that are chronicled in The Village are portrayed in a very no nonsense and unbiased fashion, and ultimately, that is what makes The Village such a highly memorable and truly outstanding read.
This is a remarkable story told to us by former Marine Captain Francis J. “Bing” West, who later served as an assistant to the Secretary of Defense, and in the Reagan Administration as an Under-secretary of Defense. When Bing West returned to Binh Nghia 37 years later, he found an extraordinary thing: many of the villagers from 1966-1967 had died —particularly those who served alongside the Marines; some married and moved away from the village —and yet in spite of this, everyone living in the village in 2003 could recount stories about “their Marines.”
You see, the villagers passed down the stories of what happened in Binh Nghia to their children, then they told the stories to their children. Everyone knew what these Marines did, and as Mr. West walked through the village in 2003, one old farmer came to him and asked, “Tell me Dai U’y where is Sergeant Mac? Do you know Bill ... Marines number one, what happened to Monty? What happened to Frill (Phil)?” Not far away Mr. Bing found a marker resting between two palm trees, and on it a small inscription to the Marines who had built their well and shrine in 1967.
Herein lies the true pain of the Vietnam War. Young Americans went to Vietnam to fight a vicious and resourceful enemy. A few of these people ended up protecting a few thousand residents of a small village along the coast in Quang Ngai province. Most of the Marines cherished these simple people so much that they ended up dying for them. In return, the villagers ended up adopting these Marines; they remember their sacrifices even today. If only the American people had loved these Marines as much.
The Village is a worthwhile book, on many different levels.