Praise for "The 13th Valley," a Finalist for the American Book Award: "There have been a number of excellent books about Vietnam...but none has managed to communicate in such detail the day-to-day pain, discomfort, frustration and exhilaration of the American military experience in Vietnam." --Joe Klein, "The New York Times Book Review" " "The" novel about the Vietnam War...Del Vecchio has constructed a classic war novel, a complex and frightening book, that gets it right." -- "Chicago Sun-Times" "An important and distinctly American book." --William Plummer, "Newsweek" "The first Vietnam combat novel to demand--and deserve--comparison with Norman Mailer's "The Naked and the Dead."" -- "Philadelphia Enquirer" " "The 13th Valley" written with straightforward, authoritative, unadorned prose and merciless intelligence is not just the best Vietnam War novel to date, but the smartest." --C.D.B. Bryan, author of "Friendly Fire" " "The 13th Valley" is dynamite! This is the most sensuously honest interpretation of the Vietnam experience I've ever read." --Al Santoli, author of "Everything We Had"
John M. Del Vecchio graduated from Lafeyette College in 1969. He was drafted and sent to Vietnam in 1970, where he served as combat correspondent in the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile). In 1971 he was awarded a Bronze Star for Heroism in Ground Combat. He is author of "Darkness Falls," "Carry Me Home," and "For the Sake of All Living Things."