The Washington Post A minor classic about war.
The New York Times A vivid and unbiased portrait of one Vietnamese hamlet in the grip of war...Exceptional insight....West has told this story with honesty and without embroidery, while bringing out its inherent human drama.
Charles B. MacDonald Author of Company Commander Unquestionably the best book to come out of the Vietnam war human, compassionate, suspenseful, dramatic.
Peter Braestrup Author of Tet A superbly honest, readable work that goes beyond journalism to become good literature.
Washington Post Book Review This is the way Vietnam should have been fought by tough volunteers who lived alongside the Vietnamese....It will take the sternest idealogue to remain unmoved by West's perceptive and human treatment of the men who fought it....It's an account of brave men at war in a far country, honestly told.
Keith William Nolan Author of The Battle for Saigon and A Hundred Miles of Bad Road One of the small handful of truly great books to come out of the Vietnam war.
Pacific Affairs Pure Hemingway in the best sense of that characterization....West brilliantly portrays the drama of a war few Americans have known.
Leatherneck Magazine A fantastic, down in the mud and crud book of enlisted Marines fighting to defend a village....West tells of some of the victories and the tragic cost. And he tells it well.
West, a Marine Corps infantry officer during the Vietnam War and later an assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration, served 485 days in the village of Binh Nghia as part of a combined-action platoon that fought alongside South Vietnamese local defense troops. He here relates that time and the activity that initially involved 15 marines, of which only eight came out alive. However, they were successful in removing the Viet Cong presence from the area, and a monument erected in 1967 to the marines' memory remains in the village. 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. Public libraries and institutions with an emphasis on military history should consider.—Michael T. Fein, Central Virginia Community Coll. Lib., LynchburgIndie lit and lacking wit: Geye's debut is powerful, but Ingraham needs new material