Just Another Day in Vietnam

Keith Nightingale

Living and Breathing is a graphic, blow-by-blow, non-fictional account of the Vietnam war from all sides.
Publication date:
October 2019
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Illustration :
12 b/w integrated images
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ISBN : 9781612007854

Dimensions : 229 X 152 mm
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• This is the first book on Vietnam to present the conflict from all sides
• Written after years of detailed research, it will appeal to those who watched Ken Burns's ground-breaking series Vietnam
• Written by an American advisor to elite Vietnamese forces

Keith Nightingale's accomplishments in both military and civilian life largely contribute to the excellence of Living and Breathing as a memoir of unusual depth as well as breadth.

Uniquely adopting a third-person omniscient point of view, Nightingale eschews the "I” of memoir in favour of multiple perspectives and a larger historical vision that afford equal time and weight to ally and enemy alike. Examples of the many perspectives based on real-life characters include: Hu, a VC 'informant' whose false information led the Rangers straight into the jaws of a ferocious ambush; General Tanh, the COSVN commander; Major Nguyen Hiep, the 52d Ranger Commander; and Ranger POWs later returned by the North.

Nightingale moreover offers the point of view of an American advisor to elite Vietnamese troops, a vital perspective regrettably underrepresented in the literature of Vietnam, including Burns' documentary. Added to this are well-informed conjecture of enemy psychology; insight into the dedication and often misunderstood role of the elite Vietnamese Ranger forces; the intelligence acquired from debriefing captured Rangers, whose captors had told them that the entire battle had been a carefully staged attack planned by COSVN as part of a larger Total War strategy developed by the leadership of the North Vietnamese Army; and an eye-witness account by a gifted author who is a rare survivor of one of the most vicious - and heretofore forgotten - battles of the war.


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