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We Few

US Special Forces in Vietnam
Narrated by: George Spelvin
Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
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Summary

A Green Beret's gripping memoir of American Special Forces in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.   

In 1970, on his second tour to Vietnam, Nick Brokhausen served in Recon Team Habu, CCN. Officially, it was known as the Studies and Observations group. In fact, this Special Forces squad, which Brokhausen calls "an unwashed, profane, ribald, joyously alive fraternity", undertook some of the most dangerous and suicidal reconnaissance missions ever in the enemy-controlled territory of Cambodia and Laos. 

But they didn't infiltrate the jungles alone. They fought alongside the Montagnards - oppressed minorities from the mountain highlands, trained by the US military in guerrilla tactics, armed, accustomed to the wild, and fully engaged in a war against the North Vietnamese. 

Together, this small unit formed the backbone of ground reconnaissance in the Republic of Vietnam, racking up medals for valor - but at a terrible cost.

©2018 Casemate Publishers and Nick Brokhausen (P)2018 Tantor

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The most entertaining Vietnam macvsog recall

Love the narrator and the central figures sense of humor , read and listened to every SOG book and this was my favorite

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A brilliant story

Listened to this 3 times. Excellent recount of Nick's war. An superb narrator as well

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Not good

I've read all the SOG books and this is the worst so far. Read the reviews on Amazon.com first.

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brilliant

real insight into the life of SF in the Vietnam era.
written and performed with wit and heart.

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AMAZING

What a book. No matter where you are from Vietnam in the 60's to Afghanistan in the 2000's soldiers will be soldiers. I think I spent more time laughing and having to go back and listen again. Fantastic book. No matter how close to hell you are a soldier will always find some way to boost morale. I will defiantly be getting this book to read properly.

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possibly one of my favourite reads in a long time.

If Hunter S Thomson had served in Vietnam, this is how he would tell you of his exploits. A great book! the way the people in the book are described really paints a picture in your minds eye. and the narrator compliments this perfectly. I'm really looking forward to the author's next book

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A very different delivery and exceptional for it

Hard gritty Recce tales and very well written. clearly ghost written though as it's not the more normal, "I did this, I did that".

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Juvenile rubbish

Poor narrative. Written like a war novel designed for challenged teenagers. Tries to be cool and trendy.

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  • dax
  • 04-11-18

Is there such a thing as funny war genre ??

I couldn't stop laughing until I realized that he was writing about death, mayhem and general anarchy. The book had a unique perspective that is not typical in this genre. It was the funniest book I have read in some time, not the subject matter, but the authors internal monologue is exactly what you would expect some super badass Green Beret 's attitude to be.

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  • MRoss506
  • 05-04-19

Very unique approach to a combat memoir! Hilarious

As a combat veteran and lover of history I have read hundreds of non-fiction and memoir style combat books. This is the first written with such focus on the lighter side of being a grunt in a combat zone. It very much reminded me of crazy episodes that occurred as we filthy infantrymen terrorized the rear bases that we made visits too. Nick is an amazing story teller. I couldn't count the times I laughed as I listened.

My only wish is that there had been more combat stories. All in all, the book was well worth the listen. Not one I will read over and over like some classics but well worth the time.

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  • David
  • 05-11-18

Excellent action, very funny

Reminds me of my top ‘Nam book Go to Go by Harry Constance. Tons of bloody action, jokes, pranks, and serious notes about lives lost. I loved it and I read every enlisted war memoir that comes out.

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  • SRT Bravo
  • 16-04-19

Excellent read.

I though I had read just about all the Viet Nam Special Forces books out there and to be honest I though "We Few" was going to be a mediocre book at best. But the book built up steam like a locomotive and I couldn't put it down, turned out to be one of, if not the best book I have read on Special Forces in Viet Nam. The only down side is at the end of the 27th chapter when the story ends. Thanks

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  • Bryan B
  • 14-04-19

Great Book

A must read for those who have interest in special forces. Nick Brokhausen does not weigh the reader down with trivia. We Few is not a cowboy shoot-em-up but is an honest, smooth flowing and often satirical look through his eyes. George Spelvin really brings the book to life. Nick Brokhausen is the real deal and a true hero. I hope to see more.

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  • Dane
  • 08-04-19

Great job, Loved it.

I throughly enjoyed the unique style of the book and I thought the narrator fit my mental picture of Nick. I liked the clever descriptions with subtle humor sprinkled throughout the book.
I like your style of story telling Nick. I’m going to look for more of your books. Again good job on your book and thank you for your service.

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  • Tracey Barr
  • 20-11-18

Great stories here.

I understood how these guys felt they had nothing to lose after surviving the experiences they had.I thoroughly enjoyed it but if I had any frivolous complaints,it would be that the ending was rather abrupt. I do recommend giving it a listen.

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  • amber
  • 13-01-20

Everyone entering the service needs to read this

Through a thick cloud of sarcasm the reality of nicks experiences in Vietnam are sobering and tell a tale of a young man doing the work that most will only ever see in the movies. In reading this book it felt like I was maturing with him through his experiences. I would highly recommend this book to anybody going into currently in or having been in special operations. DOL

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  • Earlybirds International
  • 03-01-20

Talented Poetic Madman

This book has it all. It is so well written and read; Entertaining, gruesomely graphic, hilariously honest and equally insane - you won’t want this book to end.

When is does though, the first thing you will do is search for what else Nick Brokhausen has written. He is a true wordsmith - in a warrior’s body.

Nick is an amazing story-teller. This is a truly amazing story.

Do yourself a favor and get it.

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  • Nick V.
  • 28-12-19

Great book!

Very entertaining and funny. This is one of the best books I have ever listened to kept me engaged the whole time.

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