Paid Advertisement
Historynet/feed historynet feedback facebook link Weider History Group RSS feed Weider Subscriptions Historynet Home page

Book Review: Through the Valley: Vietnam, 1967-1968 (by James F. Humphries) : VN

Originally published by Vietnam magazine. Published Online: August 12, 2001 
Print Friendly
0 comments FONT +  FONT -


Through the Valley: Vietnam, 1967-1968, by James F. Humphries, Lynne Rienner Publishers, Boulder, Colo., 1999 $49.95 hardcover.

From the ghastly fight for Hill 104 to Colonel Frank Kroesen's command on Hill 406 comes a "strangely unreported slice of Vietnam," describing the efforts of the Americal Division and the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. James F. Humphries' Through the Valley: Vietnam, 1967-1968 is a memoir of sorts, combining real experiences with eyewitness reports and research based on official documents. In this engrossing chronicle, Humphries offers a balance of emotion and dispassionate professionalism, demonstrating his ability to describe the controlled chaos of combat without reducing it to a sterile recital of facts.

Humphries also provides a unique description of the enemy side, giving Through the Valley a three-dimensional approach most books forego by covering only a single side in a conflict. Early on in his tour, however, the real enemy seemed to be Humphries' own leadership. Less than a month after assuming company command, Hum-phries was relieved because of a suicide that occurred on his watch. Humphries later assumed command of the "Assassins," the reconnaissance team of the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry "Gimlets."

This book is more than a simple collection of interlaced narratives. Rather, Hum-phries complements the individual accounts with extraordinarily detailed and comprehensive research. His multidisciplinary approach enriches the story. As described by F. Clifton Berry, Jr., the former operations officer of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Humphries' primary aim is the construction of "combat truth." He describes this truth from his perspective as a leader and commander, documenting the day-to-day actions against the VC and NVA in the Que Son and Hiep Duc valleys of northern I Corps.

Humphries' memoir includes numerous maps and sketches that show the movements of friendly and opposing forces. Through the Valley brings the reader to the battlefield, inside the soldier's mind, and offers a glimpse into how the enemy thought. But it also tells the story of the sacrifices made by American soldiers during the costly conflict.

Major Dominic J. Caraccilo


Subscribe Today

Subscribe to Vietnam magazine




Leave a Reply

Human Verification: In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Related Articles


History Net Images Spacer
Paid Advertisement
Paid Advertisement
History Net Daily Activities
History net Spacer
History net Spacer
Historynet Spacer
HISTORYNET READERS' POLL

Which of these wars resulted in the most surprising underdog upset?

View Results | See previous polls

Loading ... Loading ...
History net Spacer
STAY CONNECTED WITH US
RSS Feed Daily Email Update
History net Spacer History net Spacer
Paid Advertisement

Paid Advertisement
What is HistoryNet?

The HistoryNet.com is brought to you by Weider History, the world's largest publisher of history magazines. HistoryNet.com contains daily features, photo galleries and over 5,000 articles originally published in our various magazines.

If you are interested in a specific history subject, try searching our archives, you are bound to find something to pique your interest.

From Our Magazines
Weider History

Weider History Network:  HistoryNet | Armchair General | Achtung Panzer! | StreamHistory.com
Today in History | Ask Mr. History | Picture of the Day | Daily History Quiz | Contact Us

Copyright © 2014 Weider History. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.
Advertise With Us | Subscription Help | Privacy Policy