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Best Vietnam War Books Worth Your Attention

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1. Our Vietnam Wars: as told by 100 veterans who served (2018)

 Best Vietnam War Books Worth Your AttentionWant to know what Vietnam was really like? Volume 2 is now out with 60 more stories, the same number of pages, but the stories are longer and more intense, and Volume 3 will be out this Fall. Every American should read them to learn what our Veterans went through over there. This is not just another war book. It is a book about people, and it contains the personal stories of 100 Veterans, men and women, who served there. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, from the late 1950s to 1975 we served from the Delta to the DMZ, and from Thailand to Yankee Station in the…
Author(s): William F. Brown

2. Into the Belly of the Beast: One Man’s Year in the Vietnam War (2019)

 Best Vietnam War Books Worth Your AttentionFor America…1968 was the bloodiest year of the Vietnam War. For those who served…it was personal.The sights, sounds and smells of that year have stayed with me my whole life. I avoided these memories for a long time, not wanting to give them power over me again. Fifty-plus years on, I’m ready. INTO THE BELLY OF THE BEAST is my story. An ordinary boy living through extraordinary, life-changing times and coming to grips with it all….
Author(s): James D. Russell

3. The Iron Triangle: A Novel of the Vietnam War (2019)

 Best Vietnam War Books Worth Your AttentionThis is a novel of the men of the 27th Infantry Regiment, the Wolfhounds. It depicts in accurate detail the daily life as a Grunt in Vietnam. It tells the story of a ill conceived mission that goes horribly wrong. It is a character driven story concentrating on the soldiers of a single squad. It shows the unrelenting brutality of war and how teenage boys barely out of high school, became men, baptised in bloody combat. It shows how these boys accepted the daily violence with grim, stoic humor and how they confronted their own mortality on a daily…
Author(s): Douglas L. Edwards

4. When I Turned Nineteen: A Vietnam War Memoir (2016)

 Best Vietnam War Books Worth Your AttentionIt’s the year 1969. I was serving in the U.S. Army with my brothers of First Platoon Company A 3/1 11th Bde Americal (23rd Infantry) Division. We were average American sons, fathers, husbands, or brothers who’d enlisted or been drafted from all over the United States and who’d all come from different backgrounds. We came together and formed a brotherhood that will last through time. I share my experiences about weeks of boredom and minutes to hours of terror and surviving the heat, carrying a 60-pound rucksack, monsoons, a forest fire, a…
Author(s): Glyn Haynie

5. The Vietnam War: An International History in Documents (2014)

 Best Vietnam War Books Worth Your AttentionThe Vietnam War: An International History in Documents places America’s most controversial conflict in a broad, international context that reflects the experiences of North and South Vietnam, China, and European nations, as well as the United States. Featuring newly available material, this brief collection of primary-source documents includes several never-before published and freshly translated diplomatic documents, social and cultural commentaries, memoirs, cartoons, posters, and photos. Mark Atwood Lawrence enables students to compare and contrast…
Author(s): Mark Atwood Lawrence

6. “GIB: a View From the Backseat of the War We Weren’t Allowed to Win” (2019)

 Best Vietnam War Books Worth Your Attention“It’s a shitty war, but it’s the only one we’ve got”. Fifty years after he flew 237 missions in the backseat of the McDonnell-Douglass F-4D, Mike “Ghost” Davison offers a unique perspective of the air war in Southeast Asia. Irreverent. Profane. Funny. Tragic. Frustrating. A real behind-the-scenes look at one of the “Off Years” (Sept. ’68-Sept. ’69) when the bombing of North Vietnam was inexplicably halted by LBJ and the mission was to prevent the Bad Guys from moving arms and materiels down the Ho Chi Minh Trail through Laos. It wasn’t the “Flack-filled Skies…
Author(s): Michael R Davison

7. The Vietnam War: A Concise International History (Very Short Introductions) (2010)

 Best Vietnam War Books Worth Your AttentionThe Vietnam War remains a topic of extraordinary interest, not least because of striking parallels between that conflict and more recent fighting in the Middle East. In The Vietnam War, Mark Atwood Lawrence draws upon the latest research in archives around the world to offer readers a superb account of a key moment in U.S. as well as global history. While focusing on American involvement between 1965 and 1975, Lawrence offers an unprecedentedly complete picture of all sides of the war, notably by examining the motives that drove the Vietnamese communists and their foreign allies. Moreover, the…
Author(s): Mark Atwood Lawrence

8. Silent Spring – Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War: Second Edition (2018)

 Best Vietnam War Books Worth Your AttentionWhat would you say if I told you there are disturbing things the US Government hasn’t told you about the Vietnam War and doesn’t want you to know? Things such as all the rainbow-colored pesticides and the disabling effect they had on US service personnel.Silent Spring – Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War, is an account of war – a tale of anger and determination – a chronicle written in sorrow and hope. It’s the story of countless veterans who served in Vietnam and could even be your story.While the book is categorized as a memoir, it’s also an investigational voyage into all the issues the U.S. government hasn’t told you and…
Author(s): Patrick Hogan

9. The Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War (2007)

 Best Vietnam War Books Worth Your Attention“The best damned book from the point of view of the infantrymen who fought there.”―Army Times Among the best books ever written about men in combat, The Killing Zone tells the story of the platoon of Delta One-six, capturing what it meant to face lethal danger, to follow orders, and to search for the conviction and then the hope that this war was worth the sacrifice. The book includes a new chapter on what happened to the platoon members when they came home….
Author(s): Downs Jr., Frederick

10. Death in the A Shau Valley: L Company LRRPs in Vietnam, 1969-1970 (1998)

 Best Vietnam War Books Worth Your Attention“The enemy had a single purpose: kill me and my teammates.”Larry Chambers was still new to Vietnam in early 1969 when the LRRPs of the 101st Airborne Division became L Company, 75th (Rangers). But his unit’s mission stayed the same: act as the eyes and ears of the 101st deep in the dreaded A Shau Valley—where the NVA ruled.Relentless thick fog frequently made fighter bombers useless in the A Shau, and the enemy had furnished the nearby mountaintops with antiaircraft machine guns to protect the massive trail network that snaked through it. So, outgunned, outmanned,…
Author(s): Larry Chambers

11. THERE IT IS…IT DON’T MEAN NOTHIN’: A Vietnam War Memoir (2018)

 Best Vietnam War Books Worth Your AttentionThere it is, and It don’t mean nothin’ are two phrases the grunts used to describe their situation in Vietnam. The first covered the insanity, and the second, the result.At the request of his daughters, Charles Hensler set out to write a brief summary of his time in Vietnam. The project evolved into a cathartic journey, resulting in a compelling, heartfelt memoir. Weaving threads of the events back home throughout his personal story, Hensler skillfully sets a scene integral to understanding how he and his compatriots felt in Vietnam in 1968, a year of transition. A year many Americans turned…
Author(s): Charles Peter Hensler

12. Vietnam: A History (1997)

 Best Vietnam War Books Worth Your AttentionThis monumental narrative clarifies, analyzes, and demystifies the tragic ordeal of the Vietnam war. Free of ideological bias, profound in its undertsanding, and compassionate in its human portrayls , it is filled with fresh revelations drawn from secret documents and from exclusive interviews with participants-French, American, Vietnamese, Chinese: diplomats, military commanders, high government officials, journalists, nurses, workers, and soldiers. Originally published a companion to the Emmy-winning PBS series, Karnow’s defining book is a precursor to Ken Burns’s ten-part forthcoming documentary series, The…
Author(s): Stanley Karnow

Best Vietnam War Books Worth Your Attention

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The Devil's Trick: How Canada Fought the Vietnam War

Author(s): John Boyko
ID: 2973702, Publisher: Knopf Canada, Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub

A Short History of the Vietnam War

Author(s): DK
ID: 2976449, Publisher: DK Publishing, Year: 2021, Size: 249 Mb, Format: epub

Clear, Hold, and Destroy: Pacification in Phú Yên and the American War in Vietnam

Author(s): Robert J. Thompson III
ID: 2977161, Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, Year: 2021, Size: 16 Mb, Format: epub

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