World: On the Street Without Joy

Punji sticks bloomed like lethal lotus on every side, and bunkers by the dozen thrust from the sand dunes as the Marine company moved through the brush 14 miles northwest of Hué. The territory was familiar ground to the one civilian with the Marines: stout, cheerful Bernard Fall, who, by his books and visits to the country, had made himself the best-known international commentator on Viet Nam.

Fall had visited this barren real estate 14 years earlier and used its nickname as the title of a book, The Street Without Joy, a chronicle of the French battle against the Viet Minh. Now...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!