Just Another Day in Vietnam

Keith Nightingale

Living and Breathing is a graphic, blow-by-blow, non-fictional account of the Vietnam war from all sides.
Date Published :
November 2019
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Illustration :
12 b/w integrated images
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ISBN : 9781612007854
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Keith Nightingale’s accomplishments in both military and civilian life largely contribute to the excellence of Just Another Day in Vietnam as a memoir of unusual depth as well as breadth.

Uniquely adopting a third-person omniscient point of view, Nightingale eschews the “I” of memoir in favor of multiple perspectives and a larger historical vision that afford equal time and weight to ally and enemy alike. Examples of the many perspectives based on real-life characters include: Hu, a VC “informant” whose false information led the Rangers straight into the jaws of a ferocious ambush; General Tanh, the COSVN commander; Major Nguyen Hiep, the 52d Ranger Commander; and Ranger POWs later returned by the North.

Nightingale moreover offers the point of view of an American advisor to elite Vietnamese troops, a vital perspective regrettably underrepresented in the literature of Vietnam, including Burns’ documentary. Added to this are well-informed conjecture of enemy psychology; insight into the dedication and often misunderstood role of the elite Vietnamese Ranger forces; the intelligence acquired from debriefing captured Rangers, whose captors had told them that the entire battle had been a carefully staged attack planned by COSVN as part of a larger Total War strategy developed by the leadership of the North Vietnamese Army; and an eyewitness account by a gifted author who is a rare survivor of one of the most vicious—and heretofore forgotten—battles of the war.

About The Author

Colonel Keith Nightingale is that rarest of breeds—a hard-core military man who wields a pen as brilliantly as any weapon, and strategically deploys a full literary arsenal. Targeting our senses with the sights, sounds, smells, textures, and even the tastes of war, his myriad of minute physical details, visual similes, and extended metaphors invariably strike home. To quote Pulitzer-Prize winner Tom Ricks, contributing editor to Foreign Policy: “If you want to know about war, Keith Nightingale is your man.” Nightingale’s work is further endorsed by General David Petraeus, General Volney Wagner, Susan Eisenhower, Emmy-winner Dennis Murphy, and other luminaries.


Acknowledgments; Introduction; The Ground; The Initiation; The Beginning; The Interrogation; The Plan; Choices; The Ranger Battalion; The Commander; The Assembly; A Proper Regiment; The 175 Artillery Battery; The Mortar Gunners; Movement to Contact; The Pickup Zone; Airborne; The Movement; The Decision; Closure; Aid to Brothers; Division of Responsibility; The Black Lines; The Bug; Command Decision; The Spot; The Spooky; The Ambush; The Rain; The Fog; Reinforcement; Softly in the Night; The Plan; The Shoal of Fish; Fire Support; Infantry and Air; Air Strikes; Bomb Burst; Bien Hoa Control; Light; The VC Prisoner; The Ranger Prisoners; The Arc Light; The B-52 Strike—Air; The B-52 Strike—Ground; The Return; Reconstitution; The General Returns; To The Work


"Exhilarating and illuminating. A must read by any measure.  'Just Another Day In Vietnam' should be mandatory reading in the army’s and marine’s professional education systems—especially for leaders in the combat arms, for they will learn what their country may ask of them.  All schools with war or security studies programs should make Nightingale’s book essential reading, future policy makers will learn of the ultimate effects their decisions may have on those carrying them out in far-away places. 'Just Another Day in Vietnam' will become a classic."

- LTG (Ret) James Dubik

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