Just Another Day in Vietnam

Just Another Day in Vietnam

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Keith Nightingale’s accomplishments in both military and civilian life largely contribute to the excellence of Just Another Day in Vietnam 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 favor 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 eyewitness 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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  • Peggy K.

    An amazing third-person account of a small-unit action in June 1967, elegantly told with a loving attention to detail. Filled with lyrical word portraits the reader will find both beautiful and horrif...

  • John Podlaski

    The author forwarded a copy of "Just Another Day in Vietnam" to me in exchange for an honest review. This book is a narrative that covers every detail of the planning, execution, and aftermath of a ba...

  • Robert B. Williams

    DifferentI have read well over 100 books about combat in Nam. Some were bad or badly written, then one reads Dispatches and a few others. This book belongs in this first class of Vietnam writings.I wa...

  • C. Rolf Milton

    Leaves one speechlessI find it difficult to believe that anyone who was not in that place, so long ago, would understand any of this. This book was not written as aggrandizement, but relates what happ...

  • Michael Eastwood

    Interesting bookThis book was written differently than most other Vietnam books. It was a good read. I was stationed at Bien Hoa and at that time there was no F4’s there. This was 1966 -67. That lik...

  • John Rader

    Interesting detailed book about a battle In Viet Nam. Analysis of the tactics and outcome was an insight into the strategy of the conflict and eventual outcome....

  • frank corah

    Amazing detailsWritten so you felt you were there on both sides of the battleThe best Viet jam story I've read...

  • Marilyn Kavanaugh

    The reader feels as though...he or she is wading through the jungle with the author in its unrelenting stench, heat, humidity, mosquitoes and terror....