In this classic account of the French war in Indochina, Bernard B. Fall vividly captures the sights, sounds, and smells of the savage eight-year conflict in the jungles and mountains of Southeast Asia from 1946 to 1954. The French fought well to the last, but even with the lethal advantages of airpower, they could not stave off the Communist-led Vietnamese nationalists, who countered with a hit-and-run campaign of ambushes, booby traps, and nighttime raids. Defeat came at Dien Bien Phu, in 1954, setting the stage for American involvement and opening another tragic chapter in Vietnam's history.
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Missed opportunity for the US
I have read this at least three times and will do so again.
The Last Valley by Martin Windrow. Windrow revisits the pre-cusors to Dien Bien Phu, the battle itself and the aftermath. Although written thirty years later when considerably more French and North Vietnamese governmental records were available, the foundational details remain the same with similar, if not the same conclusions.
It was fine.
Complete puzzlement in how the battle came to pass and the fact that US did not learn from the mistakes of the French in Indo-China.
A thumpingly good book.
- Mr S.M.R.Plocki
Old Indochina Hand tells it like it was
Fascinating listening, especially as it was written just before America's involvement in Vietnam began to involve putting lots of combat units on the ground. The author was killed by a landmine on the titular street without joy in 1967 which gives this work an added dimension.I think it bears up really well and was gripped from start to finish.
The author himself, who isn't shy of talking about his own experiences and opinions
His voice is a good choice, his pronunciation practiced and he even gets away with doing a few accents
Before the war you knew, there was the one you don't
I hope there are more audiobooks from this author on here