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The Odyssey of Echo Company

The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War
Narrated by: CJ Wilson
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
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A powerful work of literary military history from the New York Times best-selling author of In Harm's Way and Horse Soldiers - the harrowing and redemptive account of an American army platoon fighting for survival during the Vietnam War.

On a single night, January 31, 1968, some 100,000 soldiers in the North Vietnamese Army attacked 36 cities throughout South Vietnam, hoping to topple that government and dislodge American forces. The 12 American boys of the recon platoon of the 101st Airborne Division, average age 19, are from small farms, California beach towns, and big cities like Chicago, and they are cast into a war they neither understand nor ultimately feel they can win. The fighting was hand-to-hand, nonstop, and waged in endless small battles that forged this group into a lifelong brotherhood of survivors. The Odyssey of Echo Company is about the young men who survived 60 days on the run from the enemy during the Tet Offensive, at the height of the Vietnam War.

Each young man lived 100 years in these days and came home to a country that did not understand, and didn't try to understand, what they had survived. They came home winners because they were alive but were losers for having fought there. When they arrived, they landed in San Francisco, took off their uniforms, and walked back into America, where they fell silent and realized that not many wanted to hear the remarkable story they had to tell - until now.

Based on hundreds of hours of interviews, dozens of detailed letters written to and from Echo Company soldiers, a huge trove of Pentagon after-action reports, and travel to the scenes of battle with the American soldiers and some of their Vietnamese enemy soldiers, The Odyssey of Echo Company breaks through the wall of time to tell this important story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.

©2017 Doug Stanton (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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A great book. I would highly recommend.

A great book. Harrowing and thought provoking in places. Also covers the life of the soldier post war, and returning back to Vietnam. The performance is great, at times making you feel like the reader was actually there.

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  • Tony
  • 13-12-17

Great look into what a Nam solder endured.

I would recomend this book to anyone who is interested in the Vietnam War. My father served 2 tours there in the Marines and I have studied this war for years. My father's health is declining rapidly and in listening to this book it gave some of the best insight into my father and his war.

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  • mike
  • 14-05-18

The most intense Nam combat I've ever heard

Buckle up, Doug Stanton takes you on a harrowing ride through the eyes of Stan Parker. Attached to a Recon platoon, Stan saw intense firefights during the Tet offensive. Stan escaped death so many times it's incredible how lucky he was. During Tet and mini-Tet the US suffered the most KIA during the war. I've read about the fierce battle for Hue and Echo Co. was 15 miles north of Hue while that region was under constant attack for months. Story even discusses subjects as PTSD and Agent Orange which effected many in Echo company.
I'm really enjoying the resurgence of Nam combat vets who are now telling their story like the WW2 vets of the late 90's.
I was captivated, we need more books like this!

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  • Julianne
  • 10-05-18

Heart reaching

A story that pulls at your heart strings. You hear the internal struggles of a good man in a hellish situation and realize the horrible choices these people had to make. Something I will never be able to fully comprehend. I want to say thank you for this story.
Cpl. Wright
USMC

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  • Steve Hillman MD
  • 26-04-18

The real thing.

As a veteran who was in Danang Bay multiple times during the war and spent 3 years in the hostile fire zone, I always wished I’d taken orders to a PBR, till I listened to this book. These men were indeed brutalized by the war, and I thank God He didn’t send me there. And I thank the men and women who did go in my stead; God bless them!

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  • JCOII
  • 26-02-18

Just an incredible story and odyssey

So well written...actually had to put the book down a few times given how moving and stirring it was. So very well done. Am glad that Stan asked it to be written...

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  • Josh vega
  • 05-01-18

Amazing, enraging and heart wrenching.

Would recommend to anyone who enjoys and can handle war books. A must read. d

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  • 22-11-17

WOW, could not stop listening.

I understand better what so many of my friends endured during the conflict. thank you Doug and to all who served.

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  • Riane "Anni" Unger
  • 01-05-19

Don't read unless you're ready for the TRUTH.

Honest. Deveatating and yet the very essence of team camaraderie, and the Extreme our sometimes fragile Human Psyche can tollerate... At least for a small time. and then what? They FORGET how to be "Civillians". That they are "safe" to realx... I am the Wife of a Combat Vet and I'll tell you straight up, MOST of these amazing men came home to NOTHING and NO ONE. I pray for each and every Soldier on the frontlines of our battle fields, from Asia to Africa. May Jehovah God be with you.
Annie U. 32yrs, CA USA.

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  • Sk
  • 12-04-19

Big Payoff

Loved the whole story! There’s so much about Vietnam that wasn’t taught in schools or reported. I have a cousin that was in the 101st and served bravely, but he also suffered losses of his buddies.. and I’m sure he still thinks about “war”. Anyway the last chapter was a HUGE payoff for me and so very honest! Also a word of warning.. this is a real account of War... no sugar coating.. and not for the faint of heart. In the end I appreciate Mr Parker’s bravery AND service and those who suffered and died for a cause that is little understood to this day

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  • David H.
  • 11-03-19

Wonderfully narrated

What an amazing story. I really enjoyed this one. The book was very well written and I liked the performance of the guy reading it.