Vietnam War Bookshelf

Part 2

"All the wrong people remember Vietnam.
I think all the people who remember it should forget it,
and all the people who forgot it should remember it."
--Michael Herr, 1989

In Country
by Bobbie Ann Mason
"In Country is both a powerful and touching novel of America that analyzes the impact of the 1960s on the culture of the 1980s and a beautiful portrayal of an often forgotten area of the country." --Library Journal

In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam
by Robert S. McNamara with Brian VanDeMark
Former Secretary of Defense McNamara's controversial indictment of American policy in Vietnam.

In the Army Now
by David A. Willson
Another entry from the chronicler of REMF life, this one a sort of prequel to the other two books. Watch with awe and dread as the unnamed narrator slides from reality into a surreal nightmare that seems to envelop everything around him. There isn't any Vietnam action in this book, since it chronicles the early Army days of the anonymous narrator, from basic training to AIT in Indiana, but the threads that will become major narratives in both The REMF Diary and The REMF Returns are quite visible here.

Incident at Muc Wa
by Daniel Ford
Daniel Ford's wonderful novel served as the basis for the excellent Vietnam War film, Go Tell the Spartans.

Indochina's Refugees: Oral Histories from Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam
by Joanna C. Scott
This poignant collection of oral histories tells the stories of nine Laotians, four Cambodians and nine Vietnamese: what their lives were like before 1975, what happened after the Communist takeover that made them decide to flee their native countries, and how they escaped. The storytellers (housewife, Amerasian child, schoolteacher, government clerk, military officer, security agent, Buddhist monk, artist) create a broad and moving picture of the new realities of contemporary Indochina.

Inside Television's First War: A Saigon Journal
by Ronald Steinman
"Steinman went to Saigon as NBC news bureau chief in April 1966 before the significance of the Vietnam War was clearly evident. It was the first war to be reported by television at a time when there was less government -- and network -- interference in war reporting. It was also a time before technology enabled the fast and constant relay of images and news from around the world. Steinman recalls the struggles he and his staff of young, multinational correspondents faced: learning how to report a war from the front lines, how to get past the canned news offered by the government, and how to get undeveloped film shipped out of Saigon. He recalls the hardships of living in a war-torn nation and the friendships that helped advance news gathering and personal survival. Steinman also recalls his courtship of a young Vietnamese coworker whom he later married. This is an intense look behind the scenes at how television reported on the growing conflict in Vietnam and how those images influenced American public opinion of the war." --Booklist

Inventing Vietnam: The War in Film and Television
by Michael Anderegg
The Vietnam War has been depicted by every available medium, each presenting a message, an agenda, of what the filmmakers and producers choose to project about America's involvement in Southeast Asia. This collection of essays, most of which are previously unpublished, analyzes the themes, modes, and stylistic strategies seen in a broad range of films and television programs.

Irreparable Harm: A Firsthand Account of How One Agent Took on the CIA in an Epic Battle Over Free Speech
by Frank Snepp
"Written with deep indignation, Snepp's engaging memoir presents a compelling case study of how claims of national security arguably stifle expression that in no way endangers national security but instead might merely embarrass the government." --Publishers Weekly

Kissinger: A Biography
by Walter Isaacson
The fullest account of Kissinger's life and career to date, other than his memoirs, this engrossing portrait provides plenty of ammunition for the former Secretary of State's supporters and detractors both.

The Last Hookers
by Carle E. Dunn
Colonel Dunn brings to life worldwide events that led America to Viet Nam. From President Truman to President Nixon, he shines light into dark corners of the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and the White House. Based on fact, he traces events from Germany, Japan, Great Britain, France, North and South Viet Nam and the United States that made America's involvement in Southeast Asia unavoidable.

Last Lambs: New & Selected Poems of Vietnam
by Bill Bauer
"Modern poetry has become more and more obscure and increasingly obtuse. "Last Lambs" is a refreshing movement away from the didacticism of most recent poetry and offers much insight into the personal experience of participating in the Vietnam War." --Amazon Reader

Legacy of Discord: Voices of the Vietnam War Era
by Gilbert N. Dorland
Probing interviews with leading participants in, and critical observers of, the Vietnam War.

The Living and the Dead: Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War
by Paul Hendrickson
This book is another worthy step in trying to figure out what the Vietnam War meant in human terms.

The Living Wills
by Rick Kaempfer and Brendan Sullivan
A decision made in two seconds can change, damage, save, or even end a life. Henry Stankiewicz made such a decision in Vietnam, and he is still dealing with the ripple effects over 30 years later. Can he and the people he affected now maneuver their way through a world of baristas and Army veterans, Canadian cowboys and bowling teams, office politics and young love, to find the strength to heal before it's too late.

Lodge in Vietnam: A Patriot Abroad
by Anne Blair
Part biography and part diplomatic history, this book focuses on Henry Cabot Lodge`s ambassadorship to South Vietnam from 1963 to 1964.

Major General Nguyen Van Hieu
by Tin Nguyen, Raymond R. Battreall
Meet one of the most gallant warriors of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. This biography depicts ARVN Major General Hieu under different facets: his personal life, his military career, his military exploits, and his unjust death. It reveals General Hieu as an unsung hero, whose tactical and strategic skills put him among the best soldiers of modern times, at par with General Rommel of Germany, Patton of the United States, Montgomery of England and Leclerc of France.

Memories Are Like Clouds
by Diana J. Dell
Set in the 1950s, "Memories Are Like Clouds" is a touching childhood memoir of a sister and her brother, who died in Vietnam. This poignant baby-boom story, filled with memorable characters, is a fond remembrance of growing up in small-town America when life seemed simple.

Memories of a Lost War : American Poetic Responses to the Vietnam War
by Subarno Chattarji
In this unique and significant addition to Vietnam studies, "Memories of a Lost War" analyzes the poems written by American veterans, protest poets, and Vietnamese, within political, aesthetic, and cultural contexts. Drawing on a wealth of material often published in small presses and journals, the book highlights the horrors of war and the continuing traumas of veterans in post-Vietnam America. In its inclusion of Vietnamese perspectives, the book marks a departure from earlier works that have largely concentrated on Vietnam as a war rather than a country.

Memories of Maggie: Martha Raye: A Legend Spanning Three Wars
by Noonie Fortin
A wonderful book about a great American.

The Moon At the Bottom of the Well
by Justin Stares
The true story of the Italian shoeshine boy who became a Vietnam war photographer.

Nam: A Photographic History
Features more than 700 full-color and black-and-white photographs from a variety of sources, many of which are seen here for the first time.

NAM: Things That Weren't True and Other Stories
by Robert McGowan
Derived of the author's Vietnam War experience, the thirty-seven stories in this sometimes harrowing, sometimes hilarious collection look back at the Vietnam War from a distance of forty or more years, nearly a half-century, and via the perspectives of not only the soldiers themselves, but also their children, spouses, siblings, parents, friends. Nothing comparable to this collection exists within the literature growing out of the Vietnam War. NAM is hardly just another batch of macho war stories. These short fictions, most of them memoir-based, neither glorify nor even excuse war but come forward instead as eloquent testament to the tragic lunacy of it.

McGowan’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared as story collections, as book and catalog contributions, in anthologies, as weekly columns, in over five dozen prominent literary, art, and nature print journals in America and abroad, including American Forests, The Black Herald (France), Chautauqua, Connecticut Review, Etchings (Australia), The Louisiana Review, New Walk Magazine (UK), River Teeth, and South Dakota Review, and have been four times nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

The Nightingale's Song
by Robert Timberg
The life stories of five graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy -- John McCain, John Poindexter, Bud McFarlane, Jim Webb, and Oliver North.

No Shining Armor: The Marines at War in Vietnam: An Oral History
by Otto J. Lehrack
This oral history covers the experiences of numerous members of one Marine battalion, in which the author served and which he considers representative of the infantry experience in Vietnam.

None So Blind: A Personal Account of the Intelligence Failure in Vietnam
by George W. Allen
"Few Americans knew more about the inner workings of American Vietnam War policy over as long a period of time as Allen did. A WWII navy veteran, Allen went to work as a midlevel civilian defense department intelligence analyst after the war. In 1964, he switched to the CIA, where he served in a similar capacity until his 1979 retirement. Allen spent virtually all of that time in Vietnam and Washington compiling firsthand intelligence about the French and American wars; he tells (what seems like) all in this wide-ranging, illuminating memoir." --Publishers Weekly

Novel Without a Name
by Duong Thu Huong
"Vietnamese novelist Huong, who has been imprisoned for her political beliefs, presents the story of a disillusioned soldier in a book that was banned in her native country." --Publishers Weekly

The Only War We've Got: Early Days in South Vietnam
by Daniel Ford
A war correspondent's journal, from the Mekong Delta to the Central Highlands, including the patrol that inspired the novel "Incident at Muc Wa" and the Burt Lancaster film "Go Tell the Spartans."

P.O.W: A Definitive History of the American Prisoner-Of-War Experience in Vietnam, 1964-1973
by John G. Hubbell
With the first page the book explodes...a story of fortitude and patriotism to inspire generations of Americans to come.

by David Oser
A Father's powerhouse story as he confronts ironic twists of fate while searching for his Son, missing-in-action in Viet Nam.

The Perimeter of Light: Short Fiction and Other Writing About the Vietnam War
edited by Vivian Vie Balfour
This collection offers solid writing as well as a variety of perspectives on the Vietnam War -- civilian and military, past and present.

A Piece of My Heart: The Stories of 26 American Women Who Served in Vietnam
by Keith Walker
"Records the memories of a war in the words of those women courageous enough to walk into hell." --San Francisco Chronicle

The Phoenix Trip: Notes on a Quaker Mission to Haiphong
by Elizabeth Jelinek Boardman

Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table
by Mai Pham
Chef and restaurateur Mai Pham brings to life this diverse and lively cooking in "Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table." Born and raised in Saigon, and then immigrating to the United States, Mai has often returned to her native land to learn the secrets of authentic Vietnamese cooking from family, friends, home cooks, street vendors, and master chefs. Traveling from region to region, she has gathered the simple, classic recipes that define Vietnamese food today.

Purple Hearts : Poetry of The Vietnam War
by W. H. McDonald Jr.
Poetry about the experience of the Vietnam War and afterwards by a combat veteran.

The Quiet American
by Graham Greene
The setting is Saigon in the violent years when the French were desperately trying to hold their footing in the Far East. The main characters are a skeptical British journalist, his beautiful Vietnamese mistress, and an eager young American sent out by Washington on a mysterious mission. The story is deeply enriched by psychological tensions and battles of conflicting personalities. This great novel is of personal love, of physical danger, and of international rivalries.

REMF Diary
by David A. Willson
"This plotless, characterless debut, which reads as memoir loosely disguised as fiction, is related by a nameless soldier, a 24-year-old self-described loser ("a piece of jetsam on the sea of life") with a menial desk job in Vietnam. The often self-deprecating narrator is also funny, intelligent and cynical." --Publishers Weekly

The Remf Returns
by David A. Willson
The sequel to "REMF Diary" is an account of the last days of an Army clerk's Vietnam tour-of-duty from July 5 through October 23, 1967. Both books claim to be novels, but if you're looking for intense combat scenes or romantic interludes back in Hawaii, you'll be disappointed. The fate of Western democracies is not decided here. The point is comic, although in a way cautionary: this is the tale of a clerk in the rear areas of Saigon and the plush base at Long Binh, and the truth is that it is at least as representative of the enlisted man's Vietnam war as are tales of combat by Larry Heinemann, Gustav Hasford, or John M. Del Vecchio.

Remains: Stories of Vietnam
by William Crapser
"Crapser joined the Marines in 1967, was assigned to a reconnaissance battalion and eventually became a pointman for patrols. "Remains" is his catharsis for what he witnessed in Vietnam, told with an intensity, a vividness, that gives voice to the terrible absurdity of war". --Publishers Weekly

Rising Like the Tucson
by Jeff Danziger
"The setting: an army base in Vietnam, 1970 (where the author served as an intelligence officer). The characters: misdirected enlisted men, inept American officers, and victimized South Vietnamese." --Library Journal

Road to the United States: Part 1
by Bright Quang
Those who dare to take a stand and act on their beliefs often find themselves in a lonely place, subjected to ridicule and persecution. Bright has traveled that road for most of his life, from his war-torn homeland of Vietnam to the shores of America.

Road to the United States: Part 2
by Bright Quang

A Saigon Party: And Other Vietnam War Short Stories
by Diana J. Dell, USO Vietnam 1970-72
In 1970, two years after her brother Kenny was killed in the Mekong Delta, Diana Dell went to Vietnam as a civilian with USO. For the first six months, she was a program director at the USO Aloha Club at 22nd Replacement Battalion in Cam Ranh Bay, then this humanitarian organization's in-country director of public relations, and also the host of a daily radio show, "USO Showtime," on American Forces Vietnam Network (AFVN), the military station in Saigon. As an eyewitness to the most significant event of the coming-of-age Baby Boom Generation, she claims that she will be telling war stories until her final moment on this earth. However, Diana’s tales -- some exaggerated, many true -- are not about battles, blood, gore, or angst. They are about participants of the war other than grunts: CIA agents, bar girls, war profiteers, missionaries, donut dollies, strippers, civilian contractors, pilots, cooks, telephone operators, disc jockeys, rock stars, landladies, pedicab drivers, generals, Buddhist monks, movie stars, pickpockets, politicians, prostitutes, prisoners, beggars, nightclub owners, drug counselors, Montagnard tribesmen, foreign correspondents, ambassadors, doctors, humanitarians, celebrity tourists, and other REMFs, civilian as well as military.

School of Hard Knots: A Citizen Sailor Goes to Sea
by Henry H. Abernathy Jr
"As a citizen sailor of the late 1960's I spent three eventful years aboard a US Navy destroyer, the USS Furse (DD-882) including intensive operations in Vietnam as well as in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans in over 150,000 Nautical miles at sea. Those three years stand out as the most intense and formative of my adult life. Among the events I witnessed were running aground, colliding with another ship, being hit by enemy fire, and a murder on board. But many everyday challenges and events loom equally large for what they taught me about myself and about human nature in our tightly packed and tight-knit shipboard community. Letters written home almost every day along with declassified logs from the ship provide a window into life aboard a Navy destroyer. Re-entry to civilian life at the height of the Vietnam war illuminates these turbulent times as well as what citizen soldiers/sailors faced in that era."

Shrapnel in the Heart: Letters and Remembrances from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
by Laura Palmer
"Thousands of letters and messages have been left at the Vietnam Memorial Wall since its dedication in 1982, many preserved by the National Park Service as part of a planned museum collection. Palmer, who worked in Saigon as a reporter in the early '70s, found and interviewed many of the people who left them. The resulting book combines the messages with the comments of those who wrote them, and one would have to look far to find a work that stirs deeper emotions. Reading it is a cathartic experience rather than a depressing one. The bodies of the fallen are buried elsewhere, but as far as the surviving family members, friends and comrades are concerned, the spirits of the dead seem to dwell in and around the monument itself. "Shrapnel in the Heart" is in its own way as awesome a memorial as the wall." --Publishers Weekly

So, What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?
by Dr. Sandra Lockney Davis
Written with humor and candor, "So, What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?" describes the experiences of a young girl working for U. S. Army Special Services in Korea in 1964, eleven years after a war, and VietNam in 1967 during the war. Dr. Davis witnessed the best and worst of human nature. She was the belle of the ball in Korea, but barely escaped a stalker, faced a soldier who broke into her hootch in VietNam, survived routine mortar attacks, chopper flights, and getting kicked out of the 1st Infantry Division. She met generals, political dignitaries and a future president of the Philippines, but her best memories are of the young brave, polite, fun-loving and appreciative soldiers to whom she pays tribute. For them she would do it all again.

The Sorrow of War
by Bao Ninh
First Sentence: On the banks of the Ya Crong Poco river, on the northern flank of the B3 battlefield in the Central Highlands, the Missing In Action Remains-Gathering Team awaits the dry season of 1975.

Station Hospital Saigon: A Navy Nurse in Vietnam, 1963-1964
by Bobbi Hovis, Shea Buckley (Illustrator)
"A competently written, understated, detailed account by a nurse assigned to the first military hospital in Vietnam. Interesting not only because her tour was early, but because Hovis was a Navy nurse."--Marilyn Knapp Litt

Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation
Was Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History

by B.G. Burkett, Glenna Whitley
"A tough, courageous book, overwhelmingly documenting the fraud that has been so destructive to the true legacy of those who fought in Vietnam. Its central thesis should make American mainstream media cringe in shame from their decades of negligence and collusion in this defamation of those who served with honor." --James Webb, author of "Fields of Fire," and former Secretary of the Navy.

A Story of Vietnam
by Truong Buu Lam
From the author: "As a specialist of Southeast Asia, I am often asked to introduce a history of Vietnam that would treat evenly all of its diverse periods and also would give equal importance to the cultural and artistic aspects as to the political or military events.As often, I am embarrassed to answer that there is no such work written in English. In effect,a comprehensive history of Vietnam is still lacking. That is why I am happy to introduce here a work of mine entitled A Story of VIĘT NAM.

I call it a story and not a history, because I do not want my book to be the usual conventional textbook. While not a conventional text, my work can,nonetheless, provide a substantial reading material to students who are interested in Asian affairs. To the hyphenated Vietnamese in particular, --who have not been schooled in Vietnam-- it represents a convenient reference tool to unveil the historical allusions, cultural insinuations, mythical hints, literary suggestions, ethnic idiosyncrasies they encounter every day at home. Finally, this book can also be sought after by all those people who know so much already about Vietnam as a war but who still would like to know a little bit more about a Vietnam which is a culture, a country and a people."

Street Without Joy
by Bernard B. Fall
A military and political history of the pre-American conflict.

Sympathy for the Devil
by Kent Anderson
"Reflecting the author's own experiences, the characters in this graphic, grippingly authentic first novel are the combat-tested soldiers of the Special Forces in Vietnam." --Publishers Weekly

Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964
by Michael Beschloss
These secretly recorded conversations between President Lyndon Johnson and members of his family, his staff, and the troubled nation he was governing constitute one of the most exciting audio programs of the decade, invaluable to anyone who is interested in history, politics, or the workings of human nature.

The Things They Carried: A Work of Fiction
by Tim O'Brien
"They carried all the emotional baggage of men who might die. Grief, terror, love, longing--these were intangibles, but the intangibles had their own mass and specific gravity, they had tangible weight. They carried shameful memories. They carried the common secret of cowardice.... Men killed, and died, because they were embarrassed not to."

The Ugly American
by Eugene Burdick and William Lederer
"Seldom has a deadly warning been more entertainingly or convincingly given." --Washington Star

Unaccustomed Mercy: Soldier-Poets of the Vietnam War
by W. D. Ehrhart (Editor)
"We all owe our gratitude not just to the poets of the Vietnam War, but most certainly to Will Ehrhart for ceaselessly working to bring us this exceptionally beautifull form of expression." --S. Annand

The Undefeated: Rearguard In Vietnam
by Mike K. Hill
It is Spring in America. By 1972 the war in Vietnam is winding down. At least that’s what everyone thinks. Sergeant Mike Corbett volunteers to retrieve classified weapons from a remote Post in the Northern Province of QuangTri.

The Americans are leaving. But the Vietnamese Communists aren’t waiting. Corbett is caught up in the massive Easter offensive; on the ground before Military Intelligence realizes the scope of the enemy offensive.

A few hundred Americans, mostly technicians, are stranded in the middle of Indian Country. Boogieman’s out there; thousands of them. The Americans hold their ground and plan a defense. Their Special Weapons are useless in a firefight, so they are left with the same M-16 as any grunt. Evacuation is not feasible. At stake are Weapons Specialists and weapons components so sensitive that the alternative to overrun is Emergency Demolition. The Big Bang.

The greatest fear is that a South Vietnamese collapse will leave the isolated Americans as virtual hostages. March 1973 the last U.S. troops will officially leave Vietnam. Corbett faces 365 and a wake-up.

This is the Lost Battalion of the Vietnam War.

Unfriendly Fire: A Mother's Memoir
by Peg Mullen
"The author's son died in an artillery attack fired by his own side in Vietnam in 1971. That tragedy and its aftermath at home were recounted in C.F. Bryan's Friendly Fire (1976), the basis for a made-for-TV movie starring Carol Burnett." --Library Journal

Up Country: A Novel
by Nelson Demille
DeMille cannily revives the army career of Chief Warrant Officer Paul Brenner, the cynical, hardworking Criminal Investigation Division man who was forcibly retired after solving the high-profile killing in "The General's Daughter."

Very Crazy, G.I.: Strange but True Stories of the Vietnam War
by Kregg P. J. Jorgenson
In this compelling, highly unusual collection of amazing but true stories, U.S. soldiers reveal fantastic, almost unbelievable events that occurred in places ranging from the deadly Central Highlands to the Cong-infested Mekong Delta.

Vietnam Album
by Christopher Burns (Author), Roger Welt (Photographer), Robert B. Williams (Photographer), Dave DeMauro (Photographer), Frankie Ditto (Photographer), Doug Elliott (Photographer), Karl Karlgaard (Photographer), Ralph Novak (Photographer)

Now published for the first time: hundreds of the best color and black and white photos of the Vietnam War from the Army’s own combat correspondents, with touch screen navigation for Kindle Fire and iPad. Including oral histories, letters home and a rich selection from first-hand accounts by Philip Caputo, Johnnie Clark, Fred Downs, and others. Here is the soldier’s life in gritty detail, through his own eyes, in his own words, heart to heart and uncensored by the Army: the long muddy patrols, the search and destroy missions, tank and artillery warfare, donut dollies, and life back in base camp—in the rear with the beer. See it through the eyes of those who were there; the dangerous dustoff, the grim calculations of the field hospital, and the cynical stalemate that followed as the long war ground down to an end.

Published also for the first time are extensive excerpts from enemy diaries captured during the war, revealing how deeply indoctrinated the soldiers were, and how difficult their lives became. NVA soldiers write about the long trek down the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the terrifying bombing runs, life in the tunnels, and the constant scavenging for food. They gloat about the corruption that brought them the American weapons they used to kill Americans, and American medicine they used to heal themselves.

When the 25th Infantry Division returned to the States in 1971, its five-year photo files were ordered burned, along with other “non-essential” documents. But Burns, who ran the Division publications team in 1969, had been setting aside the best slides and prints for future books and magazines, and when his tour was up he took them over the Air Force photo lab and traded his refrigerator for a set of dupes. And then he forgot about them. Now these amazing pictures come back to tell their story of bravery and tedium, of South Vietnamese corruption and betrayal, and of American heroes sent to serve and suffer in a tragic and frustrating war. Release 1.02.

After graduating from OCS at the top of his class and a year as a Signal officer in Washington, Christopher Burns was assigned as Command Information Officer of the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam where he led a team of photographers, writers and editors producing a weekly newspaper, a quarterly magazine and other special publications. His book about 25th Division operations, 1969: Vietnam, was named the best publication in the Army for that year, and he was twice awarded the Bronze Star. After leaving the Army, Burns worked as a media executive, serving as Vice President of the Washington Post, Senior Vice President of the Minneapolis Star and Tribune, and Executive Editor of UPI, the worldwide news service.

Vietnam: A History
by Stanley Karnow
This monumental narrative clarifies, analyzes, and demystifies the tragic ordeal of the Vietnam war. Free of ideological bias, profound in its understanding, and compassionate in its human portrayals, it is filled with fresh revelations drawn from secret documents and from exclusive interviews with the participants -- French, American, Vietnamese, Chinese: diplomats, military commanders, high government officials, journalists, nurses, workers, and soldiers. Vietnam: A History puts events and decisions into such sharp focus that we come to understand -- and make peace with -- a convulsive epoch of our recent history.

Vietnam Helicopter and Air Mobility
This exciting 4 part program lets you relive some of the most remarkable combat missions ever fought in Vietnam.

Vietnam, Now: A Reporter Returns
by David Lamb
"Part memoir, part historical narrative, part travelogue, part journalism, Lamb's worthy effort is a personality-driven look at Vietnam today." --Publishers Weekly

The Vietnam War in American Stories, Songs, and Poems
by H. Bruce Franklin
The first college anthology of American literature about the Vietnam War brings together 16 stories, 5 songs, and 63 poems in an affordable text for literature and history courses.

Visions of War, Dreams of Peace
by Joan Furey, Lynda Van Devanter
First Sentence: "I will never forget Vietnam . . . It is always there, and until the day that I am six feet under, Vietnam will always be there: the sights, the sounds, the smells, the happy times and the bad times . . . It is as real now as it was when I was there."

Voices from the Rear: Vietnam, 1969-1970
by George M. Watson
"Voices From the Rear" should be recognizable to many Vietnam Veterans. It deals with the inequalities of the draft system of the 1960s and provides a social history of the U.S. Army during 1969-1970. It is a story of rear echelon soldiers in Vietnam, who comprised the majority of troops that served in that war, often harboring festering animosities towards the war and the Army. They often maneuvered craftily to cope with the situation and created a culture and shared comradeship that helped them survive and endure the Army.

The War at Home
Interviews with people involved with and leading the Madison, Wisconsin area resistance to the Vietnam war. (A video.)

The War Cradle
by Shirley Peck Barnes
The untold story of "Operation Babylift," the heroic evacuation of thousands of abandoned orphans during the last days of the Vietnam War.

War of Numbers: An Intelligence Memoir
by Sam Adams
Adams, an intelligence analyst with the CIA, discovered evidence in 1966 that the number of Vietnamese communist soldiers in Vietnam was closer to 600,000 than the 280,000 count made by the Pentagon. Unable to persuade CIA director Richard Helms to convene a board of inquiry, he unsuccessfully took his appeal to Congress and the White House, then resigned from the agency in '73 to write this account of the affair. His central argument is that General William Westmoreland, commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam, had deliberately overlooked some 300,000 Vietcong militiamen in order to buttress the government line that the U.S. was winning the war. In 1980 Adams was hired as a consultant for the CBS documentary The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception , based largely on the evidence he had uncovered; the film caused Westmoreland to file a much-publicized libel suit against the network, with Adams a co-defendant. Westmoreland dropped the suit before it went to jury. Adams died in 1988, leaving the memoir unfinished, but far enough along to explain how the CIA and top military brass -- with White House encouragement -- misled the Congress and the American people about enemy strength before the 1968 Tet Offensive. The expose offers a convincing inside look at CIA analytical techniques during the Vietnam war.

War Without A Front, The Memoirs of a French Army Nurse in Vietnam
by Elisabeth Sevier
The Memoirs of A French Army Nurse serving in Indochina (Vietnam) from 1950-1953.

We Were Soldiers Once... and Young: Ia Drang -- The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam
by Harold G. Moore, Joseph Galloway
In the first significant engagement between American troops and the Viet Cong, 450 U.S. soldiers found themselves surrounded and outnumbered by their enemy. This book tells the story of how they battled between October 23 and November 26, 1965.

Webster's New World Dictionary of the Vietnam War
by Marc Leepson
It is an outstanding desktop resource for military history scholars and buffs. The entries are extensively cross-referenced. The appendices include: a comprehensive bibliography, a detailed chronology, the orders of battle for both the US and Vietnamese forces, the Paris Peace Accords, and more.

When Duty Calls
by Faith DeVeaux
What would it take for you to appreciate what you have in life? The near-death of the one you love? Anita Anderson, married for over thirty years, was becoming bored with her life. Then the unthinkable happened; her husband had a heart attack, then fell into a coma. Her estranged children come home, and she decides to reunite her family once and for all. Anita brings out her beloved letters that she saved from when her husband fought in Vietnam. After rediscovering her buried passion for life, she decides to share them with as many people as possible.

Faith DeVeaux was an Army brat, living in Germany as well as in several different states in the U.S. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University, and has worked a variety of jobs in public relations. She has produced two short films. When Duty Calls is her first novel.

When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace
by Le Ly Hayslip
A Vietnamese woman describes her journey from war-torn central Vietnam to the United States, recounting how she endured imprisonment, torture, rape, near-starvation, and the deaths of members of her family.

Where We Were In Vietnam:
A Comprehensive Guide to the Firebases, Military Installations and Naval Vessels of the Vietnam War - 1945-1975

by Michael Kelley
The culmination of over seven years of research, it is the ultimate guide to the military geography of the American War in Vietnam. It also includes references to numerous battle sites and forts of the French War as well. With more than 15,000 entries, it covers the entire Indochina theater, including Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and both North and South Vietnam. The author, Michael "M-60" Kelley, served as a rifleman and machine gunner with D Company, 1st/502d Infantry, 101st Airborne Division from Nov. 69, until badly wounded, Sept. 70.

Winners and Losers: Battles, Retreats, Gains, Losses and Ruins from the Vietnam War
by Gloria Emerson

Women at War: The Story of Fifty Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam
by Elizabeth Norman

Women in Vietnam: The Oral History
by Ronald Steinman
In one of the great ironies of the Vietnam War, the United States government has no idea how many women actually served. Record keeping at the time did not reflect a person’s gender, so the numbers vary from a low of 8,000 to a high of more than 12,000. Most of these women served as nurses, but they also served in the Women’s Army Corps, the Red Cross, and other government and related agencies. They nursed soldiers in field hospitals, served as intelligence analysts, and performed for the troops on stage and television to help them escape the horrors of war. All were volunteers; none were drafted. When they returned home, many of them suffered not only the psychological hardships of surviving the conflict, but the added indignity of not being recognized as “real” veterans by their male counterparts. They have remained essentially invisible to the public.

In "Women in Vietnam," veteran journalist Ron Steinman, author of "The Soldiers’ Story," collects the testimonies of sixteen remarkable women who served, and provides an unflinching account of this crucial and long-ignored part of the war. In powerful first-hand accounts, we read of their experiences on the front lines, on the bases, and in the cities, towns, and villages. Whether working in the heart of triage or helping to dispense good cheer and raise morale, all of these women served with honor, without complaint, and with distinction. "Women in Vietnam" is not only a unique historical document, but a powerful record of extraordinary accomplishment.

Women War Correspondents in the Vietnam War
by Virginia Elwood-Akers
More than 75 women served as war correspondents in the Vietnam War, covering every aspect of the war from human interest to combat. They worked for major news media and won major journalism awards, including a Pulitzer Prize. Several women reporters were wounded in combat, three were taken prisoner, and two were killed.

Women's Perspectives on the Vietnam War
by Mary E. Haas
A broad and colorful overview of the diverse roles played by American and Vietnamese women during the war as combatants, nurses, social workers, politicians, journalists, entertainers, wives and mothers. Challenges the reader to appreciate the vital role of women in what typically is considered a young man's affair.

A World of Hurt: Between Innocence & Arrogance in Vietnam
by Mary Reynolds Powell
Mary personifies the tender mercy of all nurses thrust into combat.

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