Title: The Tunnels of Cu Chi by Tom Mangold and John Penycate
Category: Nonfiction, History, Vietnam War
Review: The Tunnels of Cu Chi was a very interesting book to read. It tells of two sides of the Vietnam War, the Viet Cong and the Americans, who discover and make tunnels in Vietnam. The Viet Cong, who are from North Vietnam, build tunnels to hide in and create traps for the Americans who are sent to Vietnam to discover them. Being a ‘Tunnel Rat,’ which is what the Americans who go into the tunnels are called, is a specific job and a very dangerous one at that. Some wanted to do the job and others were forced into it. This was a very exciting book because the authors really told the story from both sides and it was not just about the men. You find that there were female fighters for the Viet Cong and other things that you never would have thought. This is one of those books that you have to read, especially if you are interested in the Vietnam era.