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The Village
F. J. West Jr.

First published in 1972, The Village is a vivid and unbiased portrait of one Vietnamese hamlet in the grip of war—and the daily lives, battles, and frustrations of its inhabitants, PF’s and Marines. Few books have so convincingly or so personally evoked the Vietnam war’s direct and devastating impact on real individuals and communities.

"The Village is pure Hemingway in the best sense of that characterization. . . West brilliantly portrays the drama of a war few Americans have known. . . The tone is highly personal; recklessness, hates, fears all come alive in the characters of the book who die defending a rural village, part of an experiment leading to Combined Action Platoons. . ."Pacific Affairs

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Illustration of a Vietnamese village below a "Repulic of Vietnam Service" medal

May 1985

LC: 84-040569 DS
320 pp.   6 x 9

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