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From All Perspectives: A Vietnam War Booklist

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NEW – The Vietnam War [videorecording] / a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington, DC ; a film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick ; directed by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick ; written by Geoffrey C. Ward ; produced by Sarah Botstein, Lynn Novick, & Ken Burns. — In an immersive narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. Features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

NEW – Hue 1968 : the turning point of the American war in Vietnam : Bowden, Mark — Hue 1968 is the story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point in the American War in Vietnam.In the early hours of January 31, 1968, the North Vietnamese launched over one hundred attacks across South Vietnam in what would become known as the Tet Offensive.

NEW – The Odyssey of Echo Company : the Tet Offensive and the epic battle of Echo Company to survive the Vietnam War / Doug Stanton. –A powerful work of literary military history from the New York Times bestselling author of In Harm’s Way and Horse Soldiers, the harrowing, redemptive, and utterly unforgettable account of an American army reconnaissance platoon’s fight for survival during the Vietnam War–whose searing experiences reverberate today among the millions of American families touched by this war.

The father of all things : a Marine, his son, and the legacy of Vietnam / Tom Bissell. –Opening with an account of the chaotic and brutal last month of the war, The Father of All Things is Tom Bissell’s reckoning with the Vietnam War and its impact on his father, his country, and Vietnam itself. Through him we learn what it was like to grow up with a gruff but oddly tender veteran father who would wake his children in the middle of the night when the memories got too painful.

Image result for neil sheehan. the pentagon papers. new york: bantam books (1971).The Pentagon papers as published by the New York times. The Pentagon history was obtained by Neil Sheehan. Written by Neil Sheehan [and others] – A report on the government sponsored top-secret history of the United States relations with Indochina, first published in the New York Times.


Image result for a soldier reportsA soldier reports / William C. Westmoreland. — General Westmoreland traces his career from his cadet days at West Point through World War II and Korea, and concentrates on his years as commander of United States military forces in Vietnam.


Image result for The ten thousand day war : Vietnam, 1945-1975 / Michael Maclear.The ten thousand day war : Vietnam, 1945-1975 / Michael Maclear. — Like Charlton and Moncrieff’s Many Reasons Why (1979), Maclear’s documentary history of the Vietnam War is based on interviews and statements by participants, and taken from a TV series; but unlike its predecessor, Maclear’s round-up is not just another chance for the actors to rewrite their parts. Maclear, a Canadian journalist/observer, doesn’t overlook either the North Vietnamese or the antiwar movement–and he doesn’t pretend that he’s neutral, either.

Triumph forsaken : the Vietnam war, 1954-1965 / Mark Moyar. — Drawing on a wealth of new evidence from all sides, Triumph Forsaken overturns most of the historical orthodoxy on the Vietnam War. Through the analysis of international perceptions and power, it shows that South Vietnam was a vital interest of the United States. The book provides many new insights into the overthrow of Ngo Dinh Diem in 1963 and demonstrates that the coup negated the South Vietnamese government’s tremendous, and hitherto unappreciated, military and political gains between 1954 and 1963. country.

The Vietnam War : an intimate history / Geoffrey C. Ward ; based on a documentary film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick ; with a preface by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick. — More than forty years after it ended, the Vietnam War continues to haunt our country. We still argue over why we were there, whether we could have won, and who was right and wrong in their response to the conflict. When the war divided the country, it created deep political fault lines that continue to divide us today. Now, continuing in the tradition of their critically acclaimed collaborations, the authors draw on dozens and dozens of interviews in America and Vietnam to give us the perspectives of people involved at all levels of the war: U.S. and Vietnamese soldiers and their families, high-level officials in America and Vietnam, antiwar protestors, POWs, and many more.

The Vietnam war : the story and photographs / by Donald M. Goldstein, Katherine V. Dillon, and J. Michael Wenger. — In this their latest illustrated war volume, Donald M. Goldstein, Katherine V. Dillon, and J. Michael Wenger show you the battles, leaders, weapons, heroism, and pain of the Vietnam War, from its earliest beginnings to the fall of Saigon in 1975.


Home to war : a history of the Vietnam veterans’ movement / Gerald Nicosia. — An epic narrative history that chronicles, for the first time, the experience of America’s Vietnam veterans who returned home to fight a different kind of war. The courageous Americans who served in Vietnam fought two wars: one on the other side of the world and one when they returned home. The battle abroad took place in war-scarred Asian hamlets, rice paddies, and jungles where thousands of Americans risked life, limb, and spirit in a conflict few of them fully understood. The second war began when these same soldiers came home to face another fight, this one for the hearts and minds of their countrymen, and for their own health, sanity, and peace of mind.

My Lai : Vietnam, 1968, and the descent into darkness / Howard Jones. — In this raw, searing new narrative account, Howard Jones reopens the case of My Lai by examining individual accounts of both victims and soldiers through extensive archival and original research. Jones evokes the horror of the event itself, the attempt to suppress it, as well as the response to Calley’s sentence and the seemingly unanswerable question of whether he had merely been following orders.

Tiger Force : a true story of men and war / Michael Sallah and Mitch Weiss. — The Tigers were to be made up of the cream of the crop-the very best and bravest soldiers the American military could offer. They would be given a long leash, allowed to operate in the field with less supervision. Their mission was to seek out enemy compounds and hiding places so that bombing runs could be accurately targeted. They were to go where no troops had gone, to become one with the jungle, to leave themselves behind and get deep inside the enemy’s mind. The experiment went terribly wrong.What happened during the seven months Tiger Force descended into the abyss is the stuff of nightmares.

NEW – A great place to have a war : America in Laos and the birth of a military CIA / Joshua Kurlantzick. — The untold story of how America’s secret war in Laos in the 1960s transformed the CIA from a loose collection of spies into a military operation and a key player in American foreign policy. In 1960, President Eisenhower was focused on Laos, a tiny Southeast Asian nation few Americans had ever heard of. Washington feared the country would fall to communism, triggering a domino effect in the rest of Southeast Asia. So in January 1961, Eisenhower approved the CIA’s Operation Momentum, a plan to create a proxy army of ethnic Hmong to fight communist forces in Laos.

Embers of war : the fall of an empire and the making of America’s Vietnam / Fredrik Logevall. — WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE    Embers of War is a landmark work that will forever change your understanding of how and why America went to war in Vietnam. Tapping newly accessible diplomatic archives in several nations, Fredrik Logevall traces the path that led two Western nations to tragically lose their way in the jungles of Southeast Asia.

Dispatches / Michael Herr. — From its terrifying opening pages to its final eloquent words, Dispatches makes us see, in unforgettable and unflinching detail, the chaos and fervor of the war and the surreal insanity of life in that singular combat zone. Michael Herr’s unsparing, unorthodox retellings of the day-to-day events in Vietnam take on the force of poetry, rendering clarity from one of the most incomprehensible and nightmarish events of our time. Dispatches is among the most blistering and compassionate accounts of war in our literature.

My detachment : a memoir / Tracy Kidder. — My Detachmentis a war story like none you have ever read before, an unromanticized portrait of a young man coming of age in the controversial war that defined a generation. In an astonishingly honest, comic, and moving account of his tour of duty in Vietnam, master storyteller Tracy Kidder writes for the first time about himself. This extraordinary memoir is destined to become a classic.

What it is like to go to war / Karl Marlantes. — Marlantes was dropped into the highland jungle of Vietnam, an inexperienced lieutenant in command of a platoon of forty Marines who would live or die by his decisions. Marlantes survived, but like many of his brothers in arms, he has spent the last forty years dealing with his war experience. In ‘What It Is Like to Go to War’, Marlantes takes a deeply personal and candid look at what it is like to experience the ordeal of combat, critically examining how we might better prepare our soldiers for war.

When I was a young man : a memoir / Bob Kerrey. — Bob Kerrey grew up outside Lincoln, Nebraska, in the 1950s, and in his trademark style-serious, sometimes wry-he tells of his journey from that heartland to the dangers of Vietnam, to the hospitals where he recovered from his grievous injuries, and finally to the Nixon White House where he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

NEW _Enduring Vietnam : an American generation and its war / James Wright. — The Vietnam War is largely recalled as a mistake, either in the decision to engage there or in the nature of the engagement. Or both. Veterans of the war remain largely anonymous figures, accomplices in the mistake. Critically recounting the steps that led to the war, this book does not excuse the mistakes, but it brings those who served out of the shadows. Enduring Vietnam recounts the experiences of the young Americans who fought in Vietnam and of families who grieved those who did not return.

The price they paid enduring wounds of war / Michael Putzel. — The Price They Paid is the stunning and dramatic true story of a legendary helicopter commander in Vietnam and the flight crews that followed him into the most intensive helicopter warfare ever-and how that brutal experience has changed their lives in the forty years since the war ended.



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