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John M. del Vecchio
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978-0553250411
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0553250418
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Bantam Books (October 1983)
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Although a novel, The 13th Valley is a real place where American soldiers fought and died in August 1970. 13 August 2011: Those lines were the opening salvo to the original 1982 Author’s Note for this book. During the writing of the book, copies of the . Army 1::50,000 topographic maps of the area were consulted. It is now 41 years since I made that combat assault onto the peak of Hill 848 with Alpha Company, 2d of the 502d, and it has taken 41 years for me to fully understand the meaning and the strategic significance of the battle. This note recaps some of my original thoughts, adds some insights, and it invites you to ride along on a journey back to that time.

John M. Del Vecchio's searing bestseller The 13th Valley was praised as one of the most powerful works of literature to emerge from the Vietnam experience. Now back in print comes an even more stunning achievement: For the Sake of All Living Things.

The 13th Valley written with straightforward, authoritative, unadorned prose and merciless intelligence is not just the best Vietnam War novel to date, but . Then suddenly everyone was reading John DelVecchio's "The 13th Valley"

The 13th Valley written with straightforward, authoritative, unadorned prose and merciless intelligence is not just the best Vietnam War novel to date, but the smartest. Bryan, author of Friendly Fire. Then suddenly everyone was reading John DelVecchio's "The 13th Valley". The definitive recommendation came from a friend who had spent a year in the "boonies" (in other venues, called the "bush") with the 101st Airborne (the companion division to the one portrayed in "The 13th Valley"). He was tending bar, still in the middle of a long bout with PTSD and the various self-medications that were required to (eventually) overcome it.

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The night had become cool-humid tropical.

The night had become cool-humid tropical t indistinct dark nebulous shadows, images of window frames against chairs and images of chairs and desks against a man and images of the man cast with all other images in a continuous conglomerate darkness onto the floor of Alpha Company’s headquarter hootch. The back room of the hootch was windowless and dark. He did not sit there.

Praise for "The 13th Valley," a Finalist for the American Book Award: "There have been a. .The 13th Valley" written with straightforward, authoritative, unadorned prose and merciless intelligence is not just the best Vietnam War novel to date, but the smartest.

Praise for "The 13th Valley," a Finalist for the American Book Award: "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 Del Vecchio has constructed a classic war novel, a complex and frightening book, that gets it right.

  • Many reviewers here complained that the book went too far into drugs, the life stories of the characters, and other details. I guess they were expecting a fantasy novel where Americans show up, kick butt Rambo style, and then emerge victorious. That isn't the story here. This is a tale of how the American boys who went to war became men. This is about how society at the time was reflected in our military. Yes, there was a lot of drug use in the book. I have news for you, there used to be a lot of drug use in the military. That is how we got the random drug screens of today.
    The story confronts a lot of the same issues that were facing the soldiers then: racism, societal unrest, drugs, and knowing that their friends were dying for nothing in a war that was already lost. At the point of this story, the drawdowns had already begun. By that point in the Vietnam War, we were committed to the "Vietnamization" process, i.e., monthly withdrawing U.S. troops by the thousands and in the process handing over combat responsibilities to South Vietnamese Army units (ARVN).
    This story places you in the middle of an American infantry company late in the war, and lets you see it from the perspective of the soldiers who were there. For anyone that is interested in this time period, this is an excellent book.

  • Every time I return to "The 13th Valley," I am reminded of the long search many of us took to find the novel that brought the reality of combat in Vietnam to life for Americans who didn't experience it. For several years prior to being ordered to read "The 13th Valley" by some of my Friday after school drinking buddies, I said that I would not teach a Vietnam War book until it had been verified as authentic by at least three combat veterans. Then suddenly everyone was reading John DelVecchio's "The 13th Valley". The definitive recommendation came from a friend who had spent a year in the "boonies" (in other venues, called the "bush") with the 101st Airborne (the companion division to the one portrayed in "The 13th Valley"). He was tending bar, still in the middle of a long bout with PTSD and the various self-medications that were required to (eventually) overcome it. So, picture a bar lined with customers and I ask my friend whether "It's time..." That is, is it time for me to finally tell my high school English classes that I've found the book that gets to the reality of what it was like to see combat in Vietnam.

    So this guy starts talking about how it was like "hearing from my soul in the night..." as he read the novel. He keeps going on like this. And this guy is not a poet, but a Chicago Italian from Grand and Ogden (everyone in Chicago knows that that means) who happened to wind up in Vietnam during the worst year. He's going on an on as I sat at the bar, him behind it, being convinced I had to teach that book to teenagers in Chicago. Someone down the bar got impatient for a refill, and my friend said, "You can't wait, m________, I'm talking about my soul here!"

    Can't beat that for an endorsement for a piece of literature. So I taught the book for years, each time careful to get a signed release from parents after providing them with a copy of the first two pages. "The 13th Valley" was also freed from the euphemisms that crippled war books even by novelists as great as Hemingway. So it was wise, when teaching it to teenagers, to let their parents know and acquire parental permission.

    How good it "The 13th Valley"?

    From this retired teacher in Chicago: This is the "Moby Dick" of our generation.

    And just like "Moby Dick," it will probably have to wait until a few more years before it's discovered and revealed to a new generation. After all, it's looooong. And dense. And obscene as a war can be. And as American as the crew of the Pequod.

  • This book is the best book I have ever read about the Vietnam (police action) war. I have read many books on the Vietnam conflict over the years. Missing the draft by use of 2s deferment, and having worked with several vets over the years, I spent time researching and reading about the Vietnam experience, to wrap my brain around what the vets were revealing, when you could get them to discuss their experiences. From FO's to REMF's, this book comes close to describing the experiences relayed by vets I've known.
    You can almost feel the heat and humidity, and the terror of fighting to survive against an enemy out to get you. I first read this novel in the 80's, not long after it came on the market. I have re-read several times, but over the years, with several moves, had lost my hardcover copy.
    Thank goodness for Amazon, and kindle, I can re-read this novel again. Not the same as having the feel and experience of holding a book in hand, but close, and I can enlarge the text for my worn out eyesight. If you want to get a feel for the Vietnam experience, read this book!

  • Excellent book. A real tour de force. Tells the story of Alpha Company, as they took part in a major operation in August of 1970 in the Khe Ta Laou Valley in what was then South Vietnam. The story is told primarily through the eyes of three characters: a radio man (Cherry), his platoon sergeant (Egan), and their company commander (Brooks). Although it is a novel, it is based on an actual operation which took place at the same time and in the same place that this story is set. The author was there and also interviewed many others who were there in the process of writing this novel.

    Although it is long, The 13th Valley is also a gripping read. I had a hard time putting down. It does not glorify the experience of war at all. All three main characters evolve as the story progresses as they deal with the pressures they face. Some changes are for the good, others are not. Among other things it illustrates how and why men who have served in traumatic wartime conditions develop PTSD.

    There is a glossary in the back which I found to be very useful. The maps also helped me to visualize where Alpha Company was at various points in the story.

    If you are looking for more books like this one then I recommend reading Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes.