Originally published in 1961, this book offered a warning about what American forces would face in the jungles of Southeast Asia; a war fought without fronts against a mobile enemy. This book describes the brutality of the Indochina War, in which French forces suffered a staggering defeat at the hands of Communist-led Vietnamese nationalists.
Bernard Fall was born in France and fought with the French Resistance during World War II. While travelling in Vietnam in 1967, he was killed by a Vietcong explosive. His other works include Hell in a Very Small Place and Last Reflections on a War.