On the strength of soldiers' firsthand testimonials, Drez and Brinkley deliver gripping battle accounts that follow Marines into their foxholes and bunkers during seemingly unending volleys of incoming rocket and mortar fire, and into hand-to-hand combat as they struggle to hold their lines during fierce enemy ground attacks. Two sixty-minute audio CDs feature testimonials and interviews from Khe Sanh veterans, many conducted within days of the actions they recall. Contextualized amid the political and social controversy that surrounded the Vietnam War, Voices of Courage stands as a tribute to the Marines who fought at Khe Sanh and reshapes the way we remember all of the soldiers who answered their nation's call to duty and fought with honor and bravery in Vietnam.
|Edition description:||Book and 2 CDs|
|Product dimensions:||(w) x 9.37(h) x 1.12(d)|
About the Author
Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at the University of New Orleans and is director of its Dwight D. Eisenhower Center for American Studies. Brinkley has authored three New York Times Notable Books of the Year and has written and edited several popular histories. Most recently, Brinkley wrote Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress and Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War.
Ronald J. Drez is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. He now serves as a lecturer, historian, and research associate at the Eisenhower Center, where he has made it his life's work to preserve the voices of men who fought in World War II. He is the editor of Voices of D-Day (Louisiana State University Press, 1994) and Twenty-Five Yards of War: The Extraordinary Courage of Ordinary Men in World War II (Hyperion, 2001).
Table of Contents
|Chapter 1||The Road to the Showdown||8|
|Chapter 2||Bombing and the Barrier||26|
|Chapter 3||Running the Gauntlet: Route 9 to Khe Sanh||42|
|Chapter 4||The Intruders and the Listening Post||54|
|Chapter 5||Hill 881N: The Opening Attack||70|
|Chapter 6||The Enemy Strikes||80|
|Chapter 7||The Encirclement||96|
|Chapter 8||Embraced by the Enemy||114|
|Chapter 9||The Attack from the West: Lang Vei and Outpost Alpha||130|
|Chapter 10||The Vulgar Free-for-All||148|
|Chapter 11||Smashing the Ring||164|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Drez and Brinkley have written an amazing history of the battle for Khe Sanh in Voices of Courage. This relatively short book is peppered with contextual photos and first-hand experiences of a battle that should have been a decisive victory in the Vietnam War. The stories are raw, often emotional, and I could not put this book down. Excellent descriptions of strategy, tactics, and maneuvers lend to the history of these brave Marines and their fierce NVA enemy.The authors argue that press coverage of the seige, which saw overwhelming NVA forces surround and attempt to capture the Khe Sanh base and its outpost hills, turned this significant and successful American defensive battle into a quagmire of stalemate, leading to a disengagement politically from follow-up military attacks. President Johnson lost hope, and in turn caused the military to lose initiative in the war after such a decisive battle. 6,000 US Marines and a handful of Army and ARVN troops defended the base for 77 days with tremendous help from air and artillery bombing, along with ferocious trench grenade and firefighting, and finally forced the NVA regiments to retreat out of the area.A stellar account of this pivotal battle, and well worth a read for any warfare history reader. The photos are priceless and numerous, and make this short work a very detailed one. Four and one-half stars.