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Captures the horror, confusion, and courage of combatants in Vietnam, on both sides of the fight, as the struggle moves toward the day when the Tet invasion explodes and changes the course of the war
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While it breaks no new ground in the crowded genre of Vietnam Warera fiction, this sprawling novel set at the time of the Tet offensive in 1968 ultimately proves a compelling, if conventional, story of men at war. The authors use a wide array of characters on both sides to map out the conflict. Of these, the most interesting are a North Vietnamese general, a West Pointtrained intelligence officer who has already become wise to the futility of the American effort and a company of "grunts" trying to survive their year in the jungle. Building toward a battle over a fictional provincial capital, ironically a "set battle" in a war that saw few of these, the book follows the intrigues, corruption, bureaucratic bungling, pettiness and everyday heroics that were part of the war, as an army from the north moves south in anticipation of the Tet attack that will signal the general offensive, an event that the Communists presume will end the hostilities. Often relying too heavily upon stock characters and cliches of conventional war fiction, the book nonetheless generates excitement and suspense as it crashes toward the final battle scene.
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A kaleidoscopic treatment of the Vietnam War, this long novel maneuvers back and forth between the American viewpoint and, to a lesser extent, the Vietnamese. From October 1967 to January 1968 the military on both sides, as well as Vietnamese civilians, struggle to kill each other and/or survive. Major Shannon and General Sinclair and men of the first squad are highlighted, as are General Duan and his aide Lau. There are brief flashbacks to civilian life. The authors have created a frighteningly realistic overview of battle, punctuated with vignettes of individual triumph and failure. The climax is the Tet Offensive and bloody recapturing of a city. Three things finally emerge: the necessity for survival, the stupidity of war, and the suggestion that America might as well have been on the other side. Recommended.Robert H. Donahugh, Youngstown & Mahoning Cty. P.L., Ohio
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Book Description Ballantine Books, 1987. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110345346688
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Book Description Ballantine Books, 1987. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0345346688