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The 13th Valley

During twelve watershed, soul-shuddering days in an isolated Vietnamese valley near the Laotian border, the men of an American airborne infantry company learn the reality of war and the prices of survival.

“There have been a number of excellent books about Vietnam. . .but none has managed to communicate in such detail the day-to-day pain, discomfort, frustration and exhilaration of the American military experience in Vietnam.” –Joe Klein, The New York Times Book Review

“”The novel” about the Vietnam War. . .Del Vecchio has constructed a classic war novel, a complex and frightening book, that gets it right.” –Chicago Sun Times

“An important and distinctly American book.” –William Plummer, Newsweek

Author: John M. Del Vecchio

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A work that has served as a literary cornerstone for the Vietnam generation, The 13th Valley follows the strange and terrifying Vietnam combat experiences of James Chelini, a telephone-systems installer who finds himself an infantryman in territory controlled by the North Vietnamese Army. Spiraling deeper and deeper into a world of conflict and darkness, this harrowing account of Chelini’s plunge and immersion into jungle warfare traces his evolution from a semipacifist to an all-out warmonger. The seminal novel on the Vietnam experience, The 13th Valley is a classic that illuminates the war in Southeast Asia like no other book.

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