Poland's Daughter

(Go Tell the Spartans)

Incident at Muc Wa
This is the story that inspired the acclaimed Burt Lancaster movie, Go Tell the Spartans. It's 1964--early days in South Vietnam--and the U.S. Army Raiders garrison a town that the French abandoned ten years before. Charlie attacks, the Raiders reinforce, and the violence spirals upward until the Americans are ordered to "exfiltrate" in an ending that foretells the eventual abandonment of South Vietnam.

  • "Sad, bawdy, and compelling." -- Detroit Free Press

  • "This is a superb book about the opening moments of the Vietnam War. Daniel Ford was there and he saw what was happening and he wrote about it. Eloquently. Efficiently. Stylishly." -- Steven Rosen on Curled Up With a Good Book.

  • "A sergeant forms an attachment of the flesh to a local girl and a corporal forms an attachment of the spirit to the pestilence-ridden hamlet and its people. The corporal's involvement has built-in hazards, which Mr. Ford develops in a series of deftly stated ironies." -- New York Times Book Review

  • "A fine novel. Recommended." -- Library Journal

  • "His hero is a likeable and dogged young man who believes that anything worth doing is worth doing well, and whose career is a grim illustration of the consequences of the human capacity to devote a single-minded idealism, energy and generosity to any object, good or questionable, that presents itself." -- New Statesman

Publishing history

Go Tell the Spartans Incident at Muc Wa was published in hardcover by Doubleday in the United Sates (1967) and by Heinemann in Britain (1968). Pyramid published a paperback edition in 1968, Arendt translated it into Dutch in 1973, and Jove re-issued it as Go Tell the Spartans in 1976. When available at secondhand bookstores, these books can command very high prices (I've seen $195 asked for a far-from-perfect first edition, and $45 for the Pyramid paperback). In 2000 Author's Guild published the book in a facsimile edition through its Backinprint program. More recently, I have published more reasonably priced editions under the imprint of Warbird Books, in paperback ($9.95) and in digital formats ($6.99).