Naval War College Review


Jon Czarnecki


There are so many books about the Vietnam War and the Vietnam experi- ence that the message of one more risks being lost amidst a vast ocean of tragic tales told with great pain. However, Hackworth and England have provided something more than a reminiscence of an Army combat unit in the post–Tet Offensive world of Vietnam; they have presented readers with a tactical reform primer for infantry. All the information is there in stark GI English, beginning with the first sentence of chapter 1 (not repeated here out of delicacy), and fin- ishing up with the last sentences of the last chapter: “We now need to fight smart as much as we need to get even. There is no other choice. We do it right or we lose. We win—or we die.”