The 13th Valley

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A work that has served as a literary cornerstone for the Vietnam generation, The 13th Valley follows the strange and terrifying Vietnam combat experiences of James Chelini, a telephone-systems installer who finds himself an infantryman in territory controlled by the North Vietnamese Army. Spiraling deeper and deeper into a world of conflict and darkness, this harrowing account of Chelini's plunge and immersion into jungle warfare traces his evolution from a semipacifist to an ...
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Overview

A work that has served as a literary cornerstone for the Vietnam generation, The 13th Valley follows the strange and terrifying Vietnam combat experiences of James Chelini, a telephone-systems installer who finds himself an infantryman in territory controlled by the North Vietnamese Army. Spiraling deeper and deeper into a world of conflict and darkness, this harrowing account of Chelini's plunge and immersion into jungle warfare traces his evolution from a semipacifist to an all-out warmonger.

The seminal novel on the Vietnam experience, The 13th Valley is a classic that illuminates the war in Southeast Asia like no other book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982167045
  • Publisher: Warriors Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 206,069
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

John M. Del Vecchio was drafted in 1969
shortly after graduating from Lafayette
College with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and minor emphasis in Civil Engineering.
In 1970 he volunteered for
Viet Nam where he served as a combat correspondent for the 101st Airborne Division
(Airmobile); in 1971 he was awarded a Bronze Star for Heroism in
Ground Combat.
Along with The 13th Valley, Del Vecchio is the author of For the Sake of All
Living Things, Carry Me Home, Darkness
Falls, numerous articles and papers including the widely quoted, "The Importance of Story"; the forward for Wounds Of War and the afterword for Code
Word: Geronimo. His books have been translated into four languages and published worldwide. He has lectured extensively on the history of the
Viet Nam War in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, and has appeared on
FOX News as a military/political commentator.
Del Vecchio is currently working on screenplays based on his novels,
a book about resilience in the fourth quarter of life tentatively titled Exit
Strategies, and an expose on the financial crisis from 'a street-level' perspective tentatively titled From The Bottom Looking Up.
Learn more at The13thValley.com.
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  • Posted March 7, 2013

    When I began reading ┬┐The 13th Valley┬┐, I was immediately taken


    When I began reading “The 13th Valley”, I was immediately taken aback by the author's assertion that Vietnam was "the most moral
    war this nation has ever engaged." I had never heard anyone make that claim before nor had the option ever crossed my mind.
    I taught history, and it is almost universally believed that the distinction of “most moral war” lies with the Revolutionary War,
    the Civil War, or World War II. I was intrigued. It was a bold statement. He had my attention.

    As I read the story of Company A, 7th Battalion, 402nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division I began to understand that
    the author’s definition of moral pertained, not to the war itself but what occurred within the fellowship of the soldiers fighting it.
    The story gives utterance to a range of camaraderie and courage between and in the men who battled in Vietnam that is profoundly
    moving and which calls into question many of the stereotypes perpetuated about the war and those who fought it.

    As you read “The 13th Valley” you hump with the boonierats and come to grasp the psychology of endurance that men like Egan,
    Cherry, Doc, Jax, and Lt. Brooks use to keep from going insane: "Don't mean nothin. Drive on."

    John Del Vecchio's engrossing and powerful writing plants the reader right there in the Khe Ta Laou Valley up in I Corps.
    As I read, I felt the elephant grass slice my fingers as I traversed into the valley with my squad. The descriptive language alone
    is masterful while the characters seem so real they appear before you as you read.

    When you finish the book, you will be convinced that this was the way Vietnam was. The language of the grunts is authentic.
    When you finish the book, you will be convinced you were there because the writing is that good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Best Viet Nam novel ever!

    Truly a compelling story of Nam with a wonderful narrative style that makes it easy to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    highly recommended - a must-read for any serious reader!

    A remarkable author. One of the finest fictional stories of Vietnam. I have read his other book, "for the sake of all living things" and it was simply incredible

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    Having read several novels involving our military in Viet Nam, I can easily state that 'The 13th Valley' is clearly the very best of them all. The closest thing to being there that one can hope to achieve within the pages of a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2006

    Mind Blowing!

    Out of the many Vietnam books I have read, no other Vietnam book can even step up to The 13th Valley. The book is so rich in detail and boonierat dialect you would think you are one of them. From page one I was amazed at how wonderfully the author described everything about the boonierat's life. Definetly a book to own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2003

    outstanding,gripping , makes you feel like you're actually there

    this is possibly the best book i have ever read about the vietnam war. it comes very close to not being a fictionalized account of the life of 'the grunt' in vietnam.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2000

    Brings the men to life

    I picked up this book for something to read on a trip. I have just finished the second read of it and it gets only better the second time. Del Vecchio brings the men of Alpha company to life through this book. You feel as if you are there and could help the men in their trials. Personal, accurate, and emotionally stimulating. A great work for anyone who does not feel like they owe something to the men who fought and died in Vietnam.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 1999

    I was back in it from the very first page.

    The 13th Valley brought me back to the sights, the sounds, THE SMELLS, of the In-Country experience. After thirty years, the language of the grunts was searing, but all too real, unfortunately. The base-camp scenes were sooo real it was startling, and the life lived by the 'boonierat' is a description every 15-30 year old male in this country needs to read, and re-read. This is how their Dad, their uncle, their older brother-in-law lived for days, weeks & months on end, in this and several other units. John DelVecchio has captured the essence of life in the 101st Airborne (Airmobile) Infantry Division in early 1970. Aspiring leaders need to read this book, and re-read it every year. The leadership traights of L-T are something that every American Male ought to emulate. He brought the meaning of Duty, Honor, Country back to mind. If you know someone who actually was a 'boonierat'--not one of those who wish they had been-- this book will help explain why they are the way they are today.

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