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Land With No Sun: A Year in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne (Stackpole Military History) Paperback – 1 May 2006

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811732908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811732901
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,276,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. P. Steel on 7 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
The content of this book is excellent. Only let down by the lack of proof reading of the book which spoilt it for me a little.
On page 328 they have 'o£' instead of 'of' for crying out loud.?

Obviously a spell checker was NEVER used.
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Do NOT pass this one up 27 Aug. 2006
By Bobby J. Godwin - Published on Amazon.com
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I was unlucky enough to participate in the battle of Dakto as a member of the 4th Infantry Division, units of which fought in the jungles there during this period. As Command Sergeant Major Arthurs so eloquently covers, it was not a very pleasant place to be. In the years since Dakto I have become somewhat of a military history buff and, as such, I have become even more familiar with this epic battle. I might warn you that this book is down and dirty. It deals with american paratroopers fighting a tenacious, tough and skilled enemy in the most difficult terrain in Vietnam. Your'e not going to read about high ranking officers doing map studies and discussing tactics. I have visited the Dakto battlefield since the war and saw one more telling monument to the skill and bravery of the Americans who fought there. At the former Dakto airfield there are row upon row upon row of grave markers and under each one is a dead NVA soldier. "Land with no Sun" is simply a great book. In fact, the only other similar book that I know of that compares favorably is Hal Moores "We Were Soldiers Once...." which covers the First Cav's fight in the Ia Drang valley earlier in the War. Sergent Major Arthurs recites a riveting but all too true tale using poignant details of his soldier's lives interwoven with the gutwrenching shock of traumatic wounds and sudden death. He doesn't pull punches either...no matter what the rank. Order up this book today. I guarantee that it will occupy an honored spot on your bookshelf
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Land of No Sun 13 Aug. 2006
By Phyllis E. Noles - Published on Amazon.com
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Every NCO and Officer should read this book. It is the best book I have ever read on the Vietnam war. I retired as Fifth Army CSM after more than 30 years of service. I served in Vietnam during that war and this book takes me back to that time in my life. This wonderful tribute to the fallen heroes should also be read by those who do not support our military now. These men who served, faught and died were the bravest. Thank you to all of them and to all that followed. I can't wait for his next book.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Extraordinary Story 24 Sept. 2006
By Robert S. Garland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have known the author for many years, and am proud to be the friend of this hero. I was not able to put this book down until the last page was read, and I highly recommend it as the best book by far written about what war is about, and which has chronicled this terrible battle of the Vietnam War, namely the Battle of Dak To. This book not only details the daily life of paratroopers in deadly combat, but puts into perspective what heroes these men were, and what they endured. I recommend this book not only to those who served in Vietnam, or other wars, but to all who want to know the truth about devotion and sacrifice, and about those who so often gave the last measure, in the most terrible of places. My name is Robert S. Garland, SFC USA Ret. I am a proud former paratrooper and member of the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team (Korea), and am a Vietnam veteran as well, so I well understood this distinguished and heroic author's story. All I can say is, do yourself a favor, and get this book! To my friend CSM Ted G. Arthurs, well done!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
eyewitness historiography 15 Sept. 2006
By Dr. Jeffrey M. Ferritto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm a physician but undregrad classics major. Thucydides, Caesar, etc. I'm also fairly well read re: late empire, Dark ages, middle ages and Renaissance (Saxon England, Charlemagne/HRE, Byzantium, Ottomans up to WWII. This book grabs you by the collar and drops you in country like the cover photo Huey.I mean right there. The intimacy and immediacy of the situations and personal portraits is remarkable. As is the prose - narrative, characterization, dialogue...all top flight. Anyway, I'm glad I got this opportunity to better understand what I only saw on the evening news at dinnertime or in the print media as a kid during the Viet Nam conflict. Thank you Command Sargeant Major Arthurs. For your service and for writing this book of what you saw and did - a witness to the courage and sacrifice of so many brave young Americans. Thank you.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Living and dying in Dakto 12 Aug. 2006
By Rick Redfern - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have known the SM for over 30 years. We met just after his tour in Viet Nam when he was attached to West Point to help many of the graduates understand the combat experience. While he did not lead any of the 1969 West Point graduates into combat, he gave them insight that helped many officers become finer leaders of men.

Ted and I have shared many of our stories together, privately. When others come around who have never been there, Ted tells some of the funny stories so that they can understand the personalities that make up a rifle company. With this book Ted tells the personal stories of just how so many riflemen taught Ted how to live and how to die. Keep the kleenex nearby. I had to.

Thanks for a better insight to the personalities of your men in the 173rd.

You make me proud to have served.


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