A new story of infantry combat in the Vietnam War
Read the highly rated story of US Army soldiers in battle
After the furious battles around Dak To and the horrific fight for Hill 875, Youth In Asia is a new novella of young Americans trapped in the jungles of Vietnam’s Central Highlands in a war they did not understand.
Youth In Asia relives the friendships, loyalties and betrayals of young men in combat, and for those that survive, the memories they carried home.
Written by an infantryman who served as both an enlisted man and an officer in the military after the war, Youth In Asia is a realistic account of five men of the 173rd Airborne Brigade separated from their platoon in the darkness of a jungle night while armed with little more than M16s, an M60 machine gun, Claymore mines, and a desperate desire to survive. This war story is about infantrymen conducting air assault operations near the border with Cambodia as North Vietnamese Army units and Viet Cong irregulars are streaming east toward the coast to fight the Marines in the Battle of Hue, or south past Pleiku to Saigon in preparation for the brutal Tet Offensive of 1968 that broke the back of America’s commitment to fight the Vietnam War.
It is a memorial to our Vietnam Veterans and a war story of determination, triumph and loss. It is a story of furious, close combat in lethal firefights, and it is a story of confusion both on the battlefield and in the minds of young men a million miles from their homes. Those that survive will have changed. Forever.
Half of all earnings will go to organizations that benefit our wounded warriors.
While I don’t often review historically based books here, I frequently read them for my work at the branch, and the Vietnam War has long been a particular interest of mine. When I came across Youth in Asia on NetGalley, I couldn’t resist, and I’m extremely glad I picked this one up.
Youth in Asia follows a few key battles, following US soldiers as they fight their way through a war they may not all believe in. This story follows five infantrymen in particular, most of whom it is easy to get attached to, immediately increasing the tension of the story. This is especially true because of the quality of the writing, which I foound to be strong from beginning to end.
My only real qualm with this book is that I would have loved for it to be longer. This felt like only a snippet of a much larger story, and I would have loved the opportunity to explore that farther.