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The Boys of '67: Charlie Company's War in Vietnam (General Military) [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Wiest
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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In the spring of 1966, while the war in Vietnam was still popular, the U.S. military decided to reactivate the 9th Infantry Division as part of the military buildup. Across the nation, farm boys from the Midwest, surfers from California, city-slickers fr

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"Thoughtful and richly detailed, this outstanding account of the early phase of the War in Vietnam takes us into the forbidding Mekong River Delta with the men of Charlie Company, to witness their harrowing firefights and their fleeting victories, to appreciate the singular combat experience haunting their dreams and those of their country."
--Hugh Ambrose, Author of "The Pacific "
"A powerful account of conflict, Andy Wiest's The Boys of '67 provides what is all-too-rare, a 'face of battle' account that is at once scholarly and well-written, perceptive and engaging."
--Jeremy Black, author of "War since 1945"
"The Boys of 67 is an exceptionally well researched and well told story of an exceptional US Army infantry company in Vietnam. Charlie Company trained together, fought together, and bled together. Andrew Wiest sheds light and understanding on the human and psychological dimension of war and the aftermath of war. It is a story of courage, comradeship, tribulation, suffering, and perseverance."
--Brigadier General H. R. McMaster, author of "Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies that Led to Vietnam"
"The Boys of'67 folllows a single infantry company in a single year of the Vietnam War . It ia a story of men who routinely put their lives into each others' hands. It is a story of fear and heroism; of waste, confusion, boredom--and their impact on those who return home. Wiest's empathy and perception make the book as emotioally compelling as it is intellectually penetrating, impossible to read with a detached mind or dry eyes."
--Dennis Showalter, author of "Hitler's Panzers: The Lightning Attacks that Revolutionized Warfare"
"This is a story of men at war in the tradition of "A Band of Brothers." It is a remarkable book written by a master story teller and meticulous historian. Professor Wiest very effectively demonstrates in extremely personal terms the impact ofh

About the Author

Andrew Wiest, Ph.D. is Professor of History at the University of Southern Mississippi. Also the founding director of the Center for the Study of War and Society, Wiest was born in Chicago, but raised in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. After attending the University of Southern Mississippi for his undergraduate and Master's degrees, Dr. Wiest went on to receive his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 1990. Specializing in the study of World War I and Vietnam, Dr. Wiest has served as a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in the United Kingdom and as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Warfighting Strategy in the United States Air Force Air War College. Since 1992 Dr. Wiest has been active in international education, leading a study abroad program on World War II to London and Normandy each summer, and developing the award-winning Vietnam Study Abroad Program. Dr. Wiest has published 14 books on various topics in the field of Military History, including "Vietnam's Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN "(New York University Press), which won the Society for Military History's Distinguished Book Award; "America and the Vietnam War" (Routledge Press); "Rolling Thunder in a Gentle Land "(Osprey Press); and "Passchendaele and the Royal Navy" (Greenwood Press). Additionally Dr. Wiest has appeared in and consulted on several historical documentaries for the History Channel, Granada Television, PBS, the BBC, and for Lucasfilm. Dr. Wiest lives in Hattiesburg with his wife Jill and their three children Abigail, Luke and Wyatt.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11965 KB
  • Print Length: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; Reprint edition (20 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #174,001 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving Experience 5 July 2013
By Will
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I read and have read very many books on warfare, mainly the two world wars and Vietnam both fiction and non fiction and found this book to be so rewarding as the reader gets to know about the individuals before during and after the conflict whereas many of the non fiction autobiographies are based only on the wartime experience. Very moving, I may be UK but the story of those in Charlie Company won't be forgotten in a long while.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot praise it enough great read. 1 April 2013
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Excellent book follows brand new recruits through their training & introduction to the infantry. They are sent to Vietnam full of confidence at their superior firepower only to find the enemy is often wily enough to get too close for the heavy support weapons to be used. Real eye opener to what the troops on the ground went through. As good a read as CHICKENHAWK !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just read it, I doubt you'll be disappointed. 21 Mar. 2014
By Mr J D
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A great read.
Up there with "Dispatches" by Michael Herr & "Nam" by Mark Baker in my opinion.
You can't fail to be moved by the experiences of Charlie Company.
On occasions made me laugh, but mostly brought tears to my eyes.
In response to another review on here, I'd say this publication isn't about the wider issues of the conflict. It concerns C company's
experiences and is not intended to be an historical account of the Vietnam war.
Also, as to what the troops motivations were for being there etc, I believe it states that only one member of the company was a volunteer and the rest conscripts so it would seem to me that they had little choice in the matter i.e. they were drafted into the army then sent to Vietnam on the orders of the U.S. government.
In my opinion you don't need to be concerned with any of the above issues, just take this book for what it is and enjoy it.

Maximum respect to all the Charlie Company veterans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 19 Jan. 2013
By Jack
This book captured me straight away, it places you amongst the men of Charlie company, puts you in the rice paddies of the Mekong delta. highly recommended for anyone, a very emotive true story of the Bond between men in combat. Excellent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the boys of 67 16 Nov. 2012
By stevo
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book came up on my recommended,
usually i pay no interest but really glad i downloaded it!
what a great insight into day to day life of draftee's in what is an overly "hollywooded" genre....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning acount 11 May 2013
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Took me less than a week to read, yet will take me a lifetime to forget. For once i actually shed a tear over the death of some one i never knew. The author of this book takes you right there, your lying in a ditch glad to see a helicopter come in for the wounded only to, well read this book. This book should be required reading at Sandhurst, West point or whatever place sends men off to war.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good A Book On Vietnam As You Will Read 23 Mar. 2013
By R. Rose
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Most books on Vietnam are written from a single person perspective. This is unusual in that it follows a unit rather than an individual. Books on a single Company are are mostly due to the American policy of rotating individual men in and out of formations.
This is a great book to read particularly because it follows up the particpant's after the war.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I enjoy military detail books, and this counts among them. It is a fast paced book, but with perhaps a little excess of biographical detail of the combatants, but that was probably the intention of the author. It takes Company C from the days before their draft papers into their war. I am still reading it, so cannot spoil the ending for you. I am reading the basic kindle edition on a basic kindle, and the pictures loose a lot, so may work better on an ipad or similar.
I note the book was published in 2012, as far as I can ascertain, and it seems that a lot of what is in the book is deja vu of the Vietnam section of the film Forest Gump. Some of the names are similar, and some of the phrases, but it may just be that this was the words and names of the time. I even thought at one moment before I checked the publication date that the film might have been based around this book.

One of the most distressing things is reading the accounts of the demise of some of the young men, and how pointless it all was. Many of them seemed to know that going into war was potentially lethal, and compared to readings about, say, the battle of Britain, none of the immortality of youth existed.

If you like military reads, then you will probably enjoy this. I found the book on a 99p day, and consider it was money well spent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good story
Published 28 days ago by Mr. James Fernie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good read. Factual accounts of battles and emotions of the ground level Marines.
Published 2 months ago by Dave Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and real account of the Vietnam War
Excellent account of the trauma and despair experienced by young men sent to fight a war they did not know about and in most cases had not even heard of the country they were sent... Read more
Published 3 months ago by gary janks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best books I have read, it is spell bounding
Published 4 months ago by Robert Knight
4.0 out of 5 stars ... which embraced not just the war but covered in great depth the...
A powerful book which embraced not just the war but covered in great depth the effect on the participants and their families on their return home.
Published 5 months ago by Alan T.
4.0 out of 5 stars very good book telling the lives of young 19 year old ...
very good book telling the lives of young 19 year old boys on there 13 months fighting in Vietnam and the horrors they faced as there friends are killed or wounded I could not put... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book about Vietnam
I really enjoyed this and it is a good insight into the soldiers fighting in Vietnam
Published 8 months ago by S. Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
good book, If you are interested in the Vietnam war, this will let you know what the war was like for the people who attended. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Susan Bailey
1.0 out of 5 stars terribly formatted to the point i found it unreadable utterly...
terribly formatted to the point i found it unreadable utterly dissapointed
Published 8 months ago by Paul Dd50
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
it was agift
Published 8 months ago by michael lewens
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