An unsparing look at the vietnam war s mountain of lies. North vietnam, governed by vietnamese communists, and south vietnam, backed by american aid. Find below a collection of the best books on the vietnam war. But what he did was he interviewed the people he was treating and it was one of the great examples of breaking through the statistics. The second war was a civil war between the two zones created at geneva. Among the most positive is an abundance of topnotch books, many written by veterans of the conflict. Before he penned the screenplays for jarhead and castaway, a young william broyles enlisted to serve in the vietnam war. Vietnam war 195475, conflict that pitted the communist government of north vietnam and its allies in south vietnam, the viet cong, against south vietnam and its principal ally, the united states. President emeritus james wright 64a pens new book on. As a huge ken burns fan i am eagerly anticipating the arrival of his next massive documentary series, the vietnam war, which premiered on. A list of 10 new vietnam war books you should read in 2020, such as shooting vietnam, triumphant warrior and the road to vietnam. A slew of war memoirs stand with the best writing of that genre.
The tale of the vietnam war, writes max hastings in the very first sentence of this powerful and chilling book. New book reflects on vietnam war nurses scrubs the. A new history by max hastings is a painful reimmersion in what americans would prefer to forget. They could have never prepared themselves for the experience they were about to undertake. I like this book because it was his second book about vietnam. In january 1968 he was in a group of foreign journalists treated by lyndon johnson to a collective interview that became a harangue.
Online shopping for vietnam war history books in the books store. Joes 65 in the vietnam war by north adams native dennis g. The vietnam war stands as one of the pivotal moments in recent u. Film contributor and historian dave luhrssen has a new book called the vietnam war. The final book on your list of books about the vietnam war is 365 days. The vietnam war was a long, costly and divisive conflict that pitted the communist government of north vietnam against south vietnam and its principal ally, the united states. Three are novels, two of which were written by vietnam war veterans. Vietnam war new, used and rare books and ephemera at biblio. Pregent is more than the summation he lightheartedly gave in a phone interview on thursday. Veteran recounts his time in the vietnam war with new book. Us navy cold war guided missile cruisers new vanguard book 278. In this new york times bestseller, lieutenant general moore. An unsparing look at the vietnam wars mountain of lies. More than a decade later, he returned to his former battlegrounds and recorded his journey in goodbye vietnam.
Enough books novels and nonfiction have been published about the vietnam war and its aftermath to fill a modestsized library. Your next book is a classic of vietnam war books, the things they carried 1990 by tim obrien. Max hastings has direct experience of the vietnam war. The top 30 vietnam war books to read this winter historynet. Mangieri, a vietnam veteran who served twenty years on active and reserve duty in the us marine corps, has completed his new book vietnam. The fall of an empire and the making of americas vietnam, by fredrik logevall fredrik logevalls book focuses on the french conflict in vietnam at the end of world war ii and the beginning of the american one in 1959. Ten vietnam war novels to read council on foreign relations. This was a book i read before i went to vietnam and it was written by an army doctor who wasnt even there. These 9 vietnam war books range from darkly comic war fiction to.
From marine sniper to the arnheiter affair, from thud ridge to air america, we can help you find the vietnam war books you are looking for. The book includes some great observations and agonizing human truths about the nonstop combat of the war. Almost 50 years on, hes written a book about the most controversial conflict of the 20th century and returns to the country to talk to survivors. The ultimate 2020 list of best vietnam books to read. Obrien draws on his own war experiences in this collection of interlinked short stories that the new york times book. It was part of a larger regional conflict as well as a manifestation of the cold war. Some made high falutin claims to be as good a war novel as. The vietnam war has scarred, transformed and inspired countless writers and art practitioners.
Another revolutionary telling of the vietnam war, bao ninhs the sorrow of war is reported to have been written against the communist partys wishes. The best vietnam war books five books expert recommendations. The result is an immersive book that, according the new york times, is an unparalleled depiction of the daytoday pain, discomfort, frustration, and exhilaration of the american military experience in vietnam. Fields of fire is a brilliant book about the vietnam war. Both the nonfiction and fictional tales on this list have a sense of chilling realism gleaned from firsthand experience and indepth research. The things they carried by tim obrien, we were soldiers once. Most of the films we know today that deal with the vietnam experience were made decades later. Martins press has just released a video in which the author heath hardage lee discusses her upcoming, groundbreaking book, the league of wives. Most of the nurses were young girls from modest backgrounds who were looking for a way to serve their country and get nursing experience. All that changed when he flew into battlescarred vietnam and witnessed the horror and hedonism of a war zone. Choose from used and new textbooks or get instant access with etextbooks and digital materials. The expert on war misunderstands domestic opposition to fighting in vietnam and attempts to rejustify the conflict as a struggle of liberal democratic values against communism. Every book on vietnam in the section claimed to be the best ever written on the subject.
Halberstam, who was a vietnam war correspondent for the new york times, produced a deeply researched, clearly and engagingly written history of americas. New book highlights hmong pilot experience in vietnam war. The book is not only a splendid account of a conflict often forgotten in the aftermath of americas war in vietnam, but it also speaks to the debate that continues to rage among military experts on the nature of the two wars in indochina and the proper ways to fight them, wrote george herring, the author of americas longest war. As the worlds largest independent marketplace for new, used and rare books, you always get the best in service and value when you buy from, and all of your purchases are backed by our return guarantee. Often compared to joseph conrad and ernest hemingway, and largely considered one of the best vietnam novels, stone focuses on two characters, one of whom is a sailor traveling home from vietnam. These include winners of national book awards and pulitzer prizes, both fiction and nonfiction. New listing the wound within vietnam book by alexander kendrick 1974 hardcover. After we posted this article, times readers weighed in with their favorite books on the vietnam war.
Government to bring their husbands home from vietnam lee for the first times spins out the complete story of the group of women who took matters. Advocating for veterans has always been a priority for president emeritus james wright 64a. It is a compilation of the stories of 11 young men who served in vietnam and a female classmate. The struggle for vietnam s pleiku province campaign. The epic survival tale of a vietnam pow and the secret code that vietnam. An absorbing and definitive modern history of the vietnam war from the acclaimed new york times bestselling author of the secret war vietnam became the western worlds most divisive modern conflict, precipitating a battlefield humiliation for france in 1954, then a vastly greater one for the united states in 1975. From his encounters with exvietnamese soldiers to interviews with victims of his own violence, broyles memoir is a reminder of how the brotherhood of man can. Whilst some of these books are a bit older, they are still brilliant to read and give you great insight into the war. Winner of the 1974 national book award for fiction, dog soldiers is a story of the vietnam war and of drug smuggling. The book looks at unformed men through a manmade hell, following along with their journey until eventually, they face their fate. While the list of books about this conflict includes hundreds of enlightening works, we pick ten of the best texts offering illuminating perspectives on the war, its context and the effects it had on vietnam. This book, easily one of the best pieces of war fiction, is definitely one of the best books written by vietnam war veterans. An american generation and its war, is opening up a dialogue about the vietnam war and its impact on a generation of servicemen and women.
It is available in kindle e book and paperback, and you can grab a copy at. Some of these are fiction books about vietnam war based on factual information, whilst others include some of the best books on vietnam history of the war. In her book, heikkila tells the stories of 15 vietnam war nurses from her home state of minnesota. One americas stephanie myers caught up with vietnam war veteran john fratangelo to discuss his new book the last goodbye, which recounts his experience during the war. Because during the war i mostly helped men avoid the draft, i didnt know the ones who. Readers weighed in on the best books about the vietnam war. Ready to read the most celebrated and best vietnam war books.703 610 1251 125 1253 1069 1493 317 678 650 175 1384 618 549 1427 342 305 704 1439 1420 935 426 413 974 1141 510 314 590