GC.Presidio Press,1990.First edition-first printing.Black hardback(gilt lettering to the spine,small crease and nick on the edges of the spine and cover) with Dj(two creases,nicks and scratch on the edges of the Dj cover),both in GC.Illustrated with b/w photos,maps.Nice and clean pages with some ink marks and light shelf wear on the outer edges,small tear on the edge of page 31,some marks and light shelf wear on the edges of the pages.The book is in VGC but with light shelf wear.339pp including Guide to terms and abbreviations,bibliography,index.Price un-clipped.A collectable first edition. This is another paragraph From Library Journal: The Third Battalion, 26th Marines, set out on September 7, 1967, to scout an area near a beleaguered fire base in northern I Corps and were attacked by over twice their number of troops from the disciplined and well-armed People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN). On the 10th, while moving into a new area, they encountered the same unit again, and the PAVN made a concerted attempt to wipe them out. This harrowing action is told almost entirely in the words of the survivors in a style that resembles the script for a documentary. By switching back and forth between voices Hammel is able to reinforce or expand on moments in the action; the device elevates this oral history of small unit action over most of its kind. The voices reflect bravery, loss, the sense of having overcome impossible obstacles; a solid entry in writings on the Vietnam War by an experienced military historian.