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Ia Drang - The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Length: 16 hrs
Categories: History, Americas
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In November 1965, some 450 men of the First Battalion, Seventh Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, were dropped by helicopter into a small clearing in the Ia Drang Valley. They were immediately surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. Three days later, only two and a half miles away, a sister battalion was chopped to pieces. Together, these actions at the landing zones X-Ray and Albany constituted one of the most savage and significant battles of the Vietnam War. How these men persevered - sacrificed themselves for their comrades and never gave up - makes a vivid portrait of war at its most inspiring and devastating.

General Moore and Joseph Galloway, the only journalist on the ground throughout the fighting, have interviewed hundreds of men who fought there, including the North Vietnamese commanders. This devastating account rises above the specific ordeal it chronicles to present a picture of men facing the ultimate challenge, dealing with it in ways they would have found unimaginable only a few hours earlier. It reveals to us, as rarely before, man's most heroic and horrendous endeavor.

©1992 Lt. General H. G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway (P)2018 Tantor

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Let Down By Narration

A very moving account of this important battle, written by those most qualified to write it. I just wish that the narrator had enough respect for the work, and the listener, to properly prepare. It would only have taken a few minutes to learn the pronunciation of Vietnam place names and the few military acronyms and abbreviations.
ie: SFC (Sergeant First Class), ARVN (rhymes with Marvin), MACV (Mak Vee) and others. But all in all well worth purchasing.

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absolutely awe-inspiring

I absolutely loved this book, and will definitely come back to it in the future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-04-14

Garry Owen sir,

A graphic telling of the battles in the Ia Drang valley, Vietnam and heart wrenching aftermath at home

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  • Raymond Chase
  • 2018-06-01

Excellent Book!<br />

I was in love with this book! I finished the whole thing in two days. if you have not watched the movie, please do!

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  • Patty W
  • 2019-03-28

Shockingly Excellent Read

I was a teenager during the start of the Vietnam War, I wrote to many soldiers and never quite understood what those boys went through. Col. Moore tells a gripping detail description of the horrors they went through. My heart goes out to each and every veteran. Welcome home and thanks for your service. Everyone should read this book and thank any soldier for putting their lives on the line for civilians. This book is amazing, funny in some spots and heartbreaking. Read it, you won’t regret it.

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  • Jillian
  • 2019-02-13

So much better than the movie!!

I’m one of those people who watched the movie, then reads the book. And I am never surprised at the liberties Hollywood takes when telling their side of it. So many half truths were taken by them. The book is amazing and tells the whole story behind the Ia Drang campaign in 1965. Well worth the time to listen to it.

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  • Steve Velasquez
  • 2018-12-21

Riveting!

Couldn't stop listening. Great descriptions. Narrator changed accents and points of view from a collection of sources.

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  • Victoria
  • 2018-11-18

Eyeopener

It's time we hear the stories of our VETS. Narrator fits perfectly with this book.

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  • AL
  • 2018-10-04

Incredible

This was masterfully written and narrated. You truly felt the anguish and difficult decisions that were made from multiple soldiers and family members accounts of what happened during the beginnings of the Vietnam War. The movie does not give real justice to what occurred.

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  • Ryan
  • 2018-08-12

Raw, Brave, Heroic, Heartbreaking...

An intense and real look at the Vietnam War and these specific battles! Hal Moore and Joe Galloway wrote brilliantly, and are true American Heroes! Wonderful book and narration!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-06-21

powerful

I loved the movie, so I figured I'd read the book. Glad I did. Such a powerful story and well written. Thank you General Moore and SM Plumley, along with all your valiant soldiers. Narrated well also.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-22

A must read

This book is a must read for anyone. Definitely recommend. It blows the movie out of the water

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