• The Tunnels of Cu Chi

  • A Harrowing Account of America's Tunnel Rats in the Underground Battlefields of Vietnam
  • By: Tom Mangold, John Penycate
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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The Tunnels of Cu Chi

By: Tom Mangold,John Penycate
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
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Publisher's Summary

At the height of the Vietnam conflict, a complex system of secret underground tunnels sprawled from Cu Chi Province to the edge of Saigon. In these burrows, the Viet Cong cached their weapons, tended their wounded, and prepared to strike. They had only one enemy: US soldiers small and wiry enough to maneuver through the guerrillas’ narrow domain. 

The brave souls who descended into these hellholes were known as “tunnel rats”. Armed with only pistols and K-bar knives, these men inched their way through the steamy darkness where any number of horrors could be awaiting them - bullets, booby traps, a tossed grenade. Using firsthand accounts from men and women on both sides who fought and killed in these underground battles, authors Tom Mangold and John Penycate provide a gripping inside look at this fearsome combat. The Tunnels of Cu Chi is a war classic of unbearable tension and unforgettable heroes. 

“A claustrophobic but fascinating tale.” (The Wall Street Journal

“Chilling...what war really was and how it was fought.” (The New York Times

“Gripping...highly recommended.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

“Remarkable.” (The Washington Post)

©1985 Tom Mangold (P)2021 Random House Audio

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Wow. Just trying to imagine navigating the tunnels like this makes one uneasy. The dual perspective from both the Viet Cong and the United States makes it even more fascinating. Those who had the job of working the tunnels deserve far more recognition than they’ve ever received and then some. Amazing work.

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Great Story and differnt view point

Excellent Story and from a whole different view point and perspective of live in tunnel and about role of the Tunnelrats.

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Very sadly informative

I served in Vietnam in 1966 to 1967. I Was on Guam when the B-52’s were bombing Vietnam Cambodia and the likes. And Last but not least I was in Thailand in 1975 when Vietnam fell. Needless to say I have a long history with Vietnam. I really enjoyed this book because It gave much insight into the war from both sides. So many men lost on both sides and a country disrupted all for nothing. 58,000 American lives lost because we believed In our leaders from the White House, to Imbeciles like Westmorland. Now as then, the American fighting man is still the best in the world. However, like a snake the body is no good without the head! What a waste precious lives.