Street Without Joy



Street Without Joy Originally Published In 1961, Before The United States Escalated Its Involvement In South Vietnam, Street Without Joy Offered A Clear Warning About What American Forces Would Face In The Jungles Of Southeast Asia A Costly And Protracted Revolutionary War Fought Without Fronts Against A Mobile Enemy In Harrowing Detail, Fall Describes The Brutality And Frustrations Of The Indochina War, The Savage Eightyear Conflict Ending In 1954 After The Fall Of Dien Bien Phu In Which French Forces Suffered A Staggering Defeat At The Hands Of Communistled Vietnamese Nationalists With Its Frontline Perspective, Vivid Reporting, And Careful Analysis, Street Without Joy Was Required Reading For Policymakers In Washington And GIs In The Field And Is Now Considered A Classic.Author Biography Bernard B Fall Was Born In France And Fought With The French Resistance During World War II While Traveling In Vietnam In 1967, He Was Killed By A Vietcong Explosive His Other Works Include Hell In A Very Small Place 030681157X And Last Reflections On A War 0811709043.

10 thoughts on “Street Without Joy

  1. says:

    If you have in interest in the Vietnam war, or in strategy, insurgencies and counter insurgent techniques this book should be on your reading list Street Without Joy tells the fascinating story of the post WW2 French in Indochina, their failures to understand or counter Vietnamese Communist forces and the eventual continuance of the same errors by the United States.Essentially, Fall posits that French and later US forces failed to understand the nature of the Vietnamese Communists revolutionary war, their support among the local population and their ability to use neighboring countries and eventually North Vietnam as refuges Western forces tried to counter these advantages with technology fast strike mobile helicopter and armor groups, and better surveillance, agent orange, etc but this was a losing battle and they lacked the foresight to see it as such.Beyond the incisive and illuminating discussion of strategies and tactics, this is a story of heartbreaking death and suffering on a grand scale over a protracted time period Time and again French soldiers were told to hold posts to the last man against advancing Viet Minh forces Time and again they were slaughtered, with maybe a handful escaping into the jungle to trek for days or weeks back to the French lines, their adversaries in pursuit Wh...

  2. says:

    Street without joy Explicit detailed account.Very informative but very dry I keep on pushing myself, Read Ammara Read Irrespective of the fact, it s hard for me but undoubtedly it s a brilliant book on French war.

  3. says:

    This book and The True Believer, were required reading when I went through the Special Forces Officer s Course at Ft Bragg When I went to Vietnam, I saw much of what Dr Fall was describing I just reread Street Without Joy and realize that he was not only a brilliant historian, he was prescient in his understanding of the nature of insurgencies in the modern world He spoke of the folly of the French when he said that they were trying to fight ideology with technology We, the Americans, tried the same thing McNamara attempted to fight the NVA infiltration with electronic sensors Didn t work The parts of the American effort that was successful was often suppressed or ignored by Washington This was particu...

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    Simply a great book It deserves your undivided attention As far as I can tell, this book can be bought in old fashioned paper form in the USA only from by Stackpole Books, based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and in business since 1930 In addition to the inherent virtue of supporting a publishing institution of long standing dignity and of location far removed from the traditional centers of power, I also think that this book is best experienced this way, because of the great pictures and maps in the book It s impossible to say that there isn t an electronic format somewhere that will display this book adequately, but my Kindle ebook reader certainly will not do justice, especially, to the excellent maps in this book, apparently drawn by the author himself The clarity and accuracy of these maps must constitute some kind of gold standard against which other military historians may measure themselves Each complex and chaotic battle described in the book and there are many appears not than three pages away from a...

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    Street Without Joy is a must for the library of anyone interested in the 20th Century s Indo China wars Bernard Fall explored the French disaster brilliantly exposing the foolishness of the French military and political leaders while honoring the valor and dedication of the fighting men Fall was a Frenchman who immigrated to America and accompanied French Union forces for graduate research at a U.S university His writing brought to light the hidebound French military leadership s failure to grasp the realities of counter insurgency warfare The French knew mobility was the key to thwart the Viet Minh, but they applied European concepts of mobile warfare that depended too heavily on roads and vehicular transport The cruel fate of Mobile Group 1 in central Annam unveiled the limitations of French military vision completely than the renowned fiasco at Dien Bien Phu The French bungled and miscalculated everywhere They failed at tactical intelligence gathering, routinely neglected to conduct adequate reconnaissance, mismanaged the propaganda war, underestimated the capabilities and tenacity of their enemy and squandered troops and scarce material resources in defense of worthless fixed ins...

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    Bernard Fall s classic account of the First Indochina War 1946 1954 The book was originally published in 1961 in English and quickly became a standard reference for American military personnel as well as anyone else wanting to gain some insight into Southeast Asia at the time Street Without Joy French translation La Rue Sans Joie was the name given by troops of the French Far East Expeditionary Corps to the stretch of Route 1 from Hu City yes that Hue from Full Metal Jacket to Qu ng Tr during the First Indochina War Strangely enough historical irony , Bernard Fall was killed by a landmine ,on that same stretch of road, in 1967 when he was accompanying United States Marines on a mission.The book is not a comprehensive chronological recounting of the war Street Without Joy is actually a series of essays that examine specific battles campaigns that occurred between 1950 1954 Between the chapters ,examining the war, Fall inserts four chapters that are his personal observations and are title...

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    I now see where many of the secondary sources I ve been reading got their insights What s neat, though, is how Fall weaves his personal observations through the analysis of what went wrong at Dien Bien Phu Fascinating characters emerge, and stories like this one Perhaps one of the most touching cases of devotion was that of Madame S White haired and close to sixty years old, she belonged to one of the grand bourgeois families of France When her son, a lieutenant in the infantry, was transferred to Indochina, she enlisted in the PFAT to be near him and was assigned to Hanoi as director of the maternity hospital for army girls who d gotten into trouble There weren t too many of them, but in any case, the French Army had taken the realistic attitude that a girl, pregnant or not, still made a good radio operator or secretary typist Thus, in the case of pregnancy, the girls were not discharged but merely sent on sick leave within the theater itself, to return to active duty after confinement.Petite and dignified in the immaculate white uniform of the PFAT, Mme S could be seen zooming through the streets of Hanoi on her white motor scooter, going...

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    Bernard Fall s heartbreaking history of war in Vietnam heartbreaking for at least three reasons because of the failure of the French to honor the aspirations of the Vietnamese or to learn from their own mistakes the failure of the U.S government to learn from the experiences of the French and the staggering amount of death, suffering and devastation visited on the Vietnamese people as a result.One story can stand in for a lot of this book s message An American unit was ambushed by the NVA on a highway that the French had nicknamed the Street Without Joy, because of the bloodshed there When a larger U.S unit came to the rescue, they in turn found themselves caught in a much larger ambush the NVA had been using the first American unit as bait to draw a larger unit in.After the battle, in which both U.S units took terrible losses, one ...

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    Many of this country s most respected political figures have noted Fall s absolute precision of the Vietnam War In Colin Powell s 1995 Autobiography, My American Journey, he wrote I recently reread Bernard Fall s book on Vietnam, Street Without Joy Fall makes painfully clear that we had almost no understanding of what we had gotten ourselves into I cannot help thinking that if President Kennedy or President Johnson had spent a quiet weekend at Camp David reading that perceptive book, they would have returned to the White House Monday morning and immediately started to figure out a way to extricate ourselves from the quicksand of Vietnam Having read this book so many years ago I fear it speaks volumes to the American adventure in Afghanistan and its neighbor, Pakistan Readers who appreciate contemporary history hazard a void in understanding if this book is not part of their library.As stated succinctly before, The Americans knew they didn t know, and proceeded as if it di...

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    The first third of the book was quite boring and old fashioned description of French army actions in Indochina with old diagrams reminded me of weird military dictionary If I didn t happen to be patient reader, I would have probably closed the book after this part Now I m glad I did not The middle part started to be finally interesting I recommend especially all chapters entitled as Diary In this first hand account, Fall proved to be a great and thoughtful observer Many of his conclusions are remarkably accurate, especial...

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