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The 13th Valley by John M. Del Vecchio
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Jul 23, 11


Great books stay with the reader long after you've closed the cover, and this novel did that for me. I read this book in high school, and it quickly became my favorite. By joining the mix of chaotic and terrifying jungle patrols with the personal interactions of the soldiers themselves, Del Vecchio created a book that feels authentic. The idea of foxhole philosophy isn't new, but the characters' interpretations of why they're there, and the events that put them there, add depth and complexity. If you're going to read a novel about America's involvement in Vietnam, choose "The 13th Valley."
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