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   In this book, Mangold offers an extensive overview of the American soldiers who served as tunnel rats during the Vietnam War. Upon discovering miles of hidden underground tunnels, the U.S. Military needed specific volunteers to search and destroy these tunnels. The tunnels, which were an average of two feet high and three feet wide, needed to be explored my men who were not only small enough to fit through them, but brave enough to conquor the paralyzing fears of claustrophobia, darkness, booby traps, and of course, the enemy himself.
   Mangold does a great job of exploring all angles of this little known topic. He explains the history of the tunnels, the ways in which they were used by the Viet Cong, techniques used by the U.S. Army to search and destory them, weapons used by the U.S. soldiers and the obstacles placed for them in the tunnels by the Viet Cong.
   Concentrating not only on facts, Mangold also includes personal stories from both sides of this conflict giving the reader a well rounded knowledge of this piece of American history.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   1960's History of military?    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army Nationality?    -   American--General Specific war?    -   Vietnam War

Subjects of this Historical Account

From a certain profession/group?    -   land soldiers Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart

Setting

Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Korea Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Farms/Ranches?    -   Yes

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   2 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   5 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Book makes you feel...    -   in awe How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses on brief history of a lot of players How much romance?    -   1 () Minor characters feature lots of:    -   military Is this a kid's book?    -   Ages 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A handful Maps necessary?    -   Maps not in sufficient detail Length of book    -   250-300 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   8 ()

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