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We Few

US Special Forces in Vietnam
Written by: Nick Brokhausen
Narrated by: George Spelvin
Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A Green Beret's gripping memoir of American Special Forces in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.   

In 1970, on his second tour to Vietnam, Nick Brokhausen served in Recon Team Habu, CCN. Officially, it was known as the Studies and Observations group. In fact, this Special Forces squad, which Brokhausen calls "an unwashed, profane, ribald, joyously alive fraternity", undertook some of the most dangerous and suicidal reconnaissance missions ever in the enemy-controlled territory of Cambodia and Laos. 

But they didn't infiltrate the jungles alone. They fought alongside the Montagnards - oppressed minorities from the mountain highlands, trained by the US military in guerrilla tactics, armed, accustomed to the wild, and fully engaged in a war against the North Vietnamese. 

Together, this small unit formed the backbone of ground reconnaissance in the Republic of Vietnam, racking up medals for valor - but at a terrible cost.

©2018 Casemate Publishers and Nick Brokhausen (P)2018 Tantor

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The full SOG experience

Not just the missions, this book captures the on and off mission personalities of the operators and their penchant for chaos and mayhem. Simply an amazing listen.

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stunning account and humorously written .

Thoroughly enjoyed this account of special forces in Vietnam. The audio presentation was one of the best I've heard. I'd very much like to find the companion to "we few". I'd highly recommend this audio book to all that find the topics interesting.

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must read.

hilarious and gripping. easy to follow and very comical. I found myself listening and grinning at the situations and places nick ends up in.

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takes you right into the bush

this story is non stop action. well written and the narrator is quite entertaining and enjoyable. absolutely crazy the missions they were conducting.

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  • dax
  • 2018-11-04

Is there such a thing as funny war genre ??

I couldn't stop laughing until I realized that he was writing about death, mayhem and general anarchy. The book had a unique perspective that is not typical in this genre. It was the funniest book I have read in some time, not the subject matter, but the authors internal monologue is exactly what you would expect some super badass Green Beret 's attitude to be.

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  • David Ginaitis
  • CATONSVILLE, MD, United States
  • 2018-11-05

Excellent action, very funny

Reminds me of my top ‘Nam book Go to Go by Harry Constance. Tons of bloody action, jokes, pranks, and serious notes about lives lost. I loved it and I read every enlisted war memoir that comes out.

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  • MRoss506
  • Zanesville, Ohio
  • 2019-04-05

Very unique approach to a combat memoir! Hilarious

As a combat veteran and lover of history I have read hundreds of non-fiction and memoir style combat books. This is the first written with such focus on the lighter side of being a grunt in a combat zone. It very much reminded me of crazy episodes that occurred as we filthy infantrymen terrorized the rear bases that we made visits too. Nick is an amazing story teller. I couldn't count the times I laughed as I listened.

My only wish is that there had been more combat stories. All in all, the book was well worth the listen. Not one I will read over and over like some classics but well worth the time.

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  • SRT Bravo
  • South Louisiana
  • 2019-04-16

Excellent read.

I though I had read just about all the Viet Nam Special Forces books out there and to be honest I though "We Few" was going to be a mediocre book at best. But the book built up steam like a locomotive and I couldn't put it down, turned out to be one of, if not the best book I have read on Special Forces in Viet Nam. The only down side is at the end of the 27th chapter when the story ends. Thanks

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  • Bryan B
  • 2019-04-14

Great Book

A must read for those who have interest in special forces. Nick Brokhausen does not weigh the reader down with trivia. We Few is not a cowboy shoot-em-up but is an honest, smooth flowing and often satirical look through his eyes. George Spelvin really brings the book to life. Nick Brokhausen is the real deal and a true hero. I hope to see more.

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  • Dane
  • 2019-04-08

Great job, Loved it.

I throughly enjoyed the unique style of the book and I thought the narrator fit my mental picture of Nick. I liked the clever descriptions with subtle humor sprinkled throughout the book.
I like your style of story telling Nick. I’m going to look for more of your books. Again good job on your book and thank you for your service.

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  • Marc
  • 2019-09-10

If can pick only two books on SOG, this be one

The absolute best tone, wite, sarcasm and honesty of any book, much less on topic, that I have ever read. This book makes me want to read 100 more by Nick Brokhausen.... if only they existed. You will not be disappointed. The narration was also fantastic.

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  • Doc
  • 2019-08-29

Especially Great!

This is a great combination of grim war memories combined with belly laugh humor, which those with experiences such as Mr. Brokhausen and other Vietnam veterans would appreciate. A poignant, funny memoir that also touches deeper that I would have thought.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-26

Enjoyed listening to this one

This book had me laughing out loud a couple of times. The narrator did a great job!

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  • BobinCT
  • TIMONIUM, MD, United States
  • 2019-08-14

This is the book you are looking for...

...if you like first hand accounts of terrifying recon missions during the Vietnam War, humor, and killer one-liners. This one will definitely be listened to multiple times, This one pairs really well with John Plaster's book "SOG", as the author of "We Few" is mentioned in it, as well as a few of his teams exploits and stories. Remember the NVA prisoner being dropped from a macguire rig? Yep, that was this recon team. A really, really, REALLY good book.

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