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Reading Athena's Dance Card: Men Against Fire in Vietnam Hardcover – 1 Nov 2000

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press; 1st Edition edition (Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557503168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557503169
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,746,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recommend this book wholeheartedly but only if you know what you're getting into. It's written for academics or for soldiers who've gone geeky in their old age. It is well written, well presented and contains some really good stuff you won't find anywhere else.
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Russell W Glenn revaluates SLA Marshall, Second World War survey of men in battle; Marshall had recorded that only 15 to 25% of Infantryman in the US Army during the Second World War actively sort to engage the enemy. In Vietnam this had increased to 80%, when you take out leaders, leading, medics dealing with the wounded, and those unsighted in battle due to the vegetation and `the fog of war', then thanks to better training the soldier in Vietnam was over 3 times more effective in combat than his father or grandfather.

Glenn charts the training and the experience of the US Infantry in Vietnam, drawing on surveys and interviews with members of 1st Cavalry Division, comparing British and Commonwealth nations past experience in building unit cohesion, referencing most of the major works on the subject from John Baynes, `Morale: A Study of Men in Battle', Denis Forman `To Reason Why' and David Hackworth `About Face' to name just three.

Anyone interested in why men fight and the Vietnam War will find much worth noting in this work, and a must for those who are devotees of low level tactics.

G Long
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