Books: Men Facing Death

BATTLES IN THE MONSOON by S.LA. Marshall. 408 pages. Morrow. $6.95.

Viet Nam is no war for the classic military historian. It offers no vast clash of arms; no divisions sweep and pivot to the grand strategy of latter-day Clausewitzes. Instead there are quick, dirty fire fights—usually on no more than platoon or company scale—set in copses of bamboo and thorn vine so thick that men kill at a range of 10 ft. without having once seen each other. It is a war of leg-shearing booby traps and dung-smeared punji stakes, of professional skill and personal courage. It is also a war...

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