Vietnam War Short Story Books

365 Days
by Ronald J. Glasser
A medical officer in Japan treating wounded American soldiers, Glasser chooses his title from the wounded men's preoccupation with the number 365 -- the number of days in a Vietnam tour of duty. The stories deal with the sense of futility expressed by dying and wounded young men.

Aftermath: An Anthology of Post-Vietnam Fiction
edited by Donald Anderson

A Band of Brothers: Stories from Vietnam
by Walter McDonald
First Sentence: "They warned me that VC in peasant pajamas shoot at planes coming in for landing."

Don't Mean Nothing: Short Stories of Vietnam
by Susan O'Neill
Former army nurse O'Neill's debut story collection captures the physical and psychological tensions of her 13-month tour of duty in Vietnam with refreshing maturity and a profound sense of compassion. This collection of short stories is unique in its representation of a group from whom we rarely hear in the literature of the Vietnam War: the women who were sent there.

A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain
by Robert Olen Butler
The 15 stories collected here in this Pulitzer Prize book, all written in the first person, blend Vietnamese folklore, the terrible, lingering memories of war, American pop culture and family drama. Butler's literary ventriloquism, as he mines the experiences of a people with a great literary tradition of their own, is uncanny; but his talents as a writer of universal truths is what makes this a collection for the ages.

The Green Berets
by Robin Moore
This monumental, bestselling work -- the inspiration for the classic movie starring John Wayne and one of the first wake-up called given to the American public about Vietnam -- plunges us into the chaos that was our nation's first experience with unconventional warfare.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.




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