Booktopia buy vietnam war books online from australias leading online bookstore. Purchasing these books through the book depository is a great way for you to save money, while supporting alpha history. Army, was widely acknowledged in the 1950s and 60s as the preeminent scholar of the indochina war that ended vietnams years as a french colony and put communist forces in control of the countrys northern region. The korean war was short and bloody, resulting in the deaths of 5 million people, more than half were civilians.
Vietnam war, 19611975 engineering and construction base development in south vietnam, 19651970 1991, by carroll h. Readers weighed in on the best books about the vietnam war. Diving into a book about the vietnam war can be a daunting task. Best literature about the vietnam war 285 books goodreads. A rumor of war, philip caputo to call it the best book about vietnam is to trivialise it. While its not literally about vietnam, the author was a soldier in that war. Pages in category vietnam war fiction the following 15 pages are in this category, out of 15 total. It is an unforgettable novel that transforms the tragedy of vietnam into a powerful and universal story of courage, camaraderie, and sacrifice. A history of americas involvement in and extrication from the vietnam war henry a. The great vietnam war novel was not written by an american. The th valley by john del vecchio there have been a number of excellent books about vietnam. Anyone interested in the war should also read martin windrows the last valley.
He is the author of matterhorn and what it is like to go to war. Feel how this story takes you back in time during carsons experiences. What is best historical fiction book written about the. During the four years following passage of the tonkin gulf resolution aug. There are fictional and nonfictional vietnam war books, some of which are.
Fall, who served in world war ii with the french resistance and later the u. Welcome to alpha historys selection of vietnam war books. His streamofconscious descriptions are chaotic, choppy, dark, and intense, giving the reader an honest sense. Matterhorn by karl marlantes, the things they carried by tim obrien, the th valley by john m. Best fictioncreative nonfiction about the vietnam war. The book describes the expatriate life and relations with the local chinese population. Vietnamese walked out of the peace talks in december, nixon bombed them repeatedly, then they came back and signed the peace treaty in january. Going after cacciato by tim obrien, better times than these by winston groom, the th valley by john m. Dog soldiers won the 1975 national book award for fiction, the first vietnam war novel to do so. The vietnam war in american stories, songs, and poems by h. Derived of the authors vietnam war experience, the thirtyseven stories in this sometimes harrowing, sometimes hilarious collection look back at the vietnam war from a distance of forty or more years, nearly a halfcentury, and via the perspectives of not only the soldiers themselves, but also their children, spouses, siblings, parents, friends. The necessary war, michael lind if you only read one book on the vietnam war, this is it. Search results for vietnam war download free fiction.
A visceral and spellbinding novel by a highly decorated vietnam veteran. Unlike great war fictionthe red and the black, the red badge of courage, war and peace, all quiet on the western front, and a farewell to armsthat is read for generations, becoming part of a literary culture, the vietnam novels and memoirs are specific to a time and place. The author was a government engineer and became involved in the corruption common at that time. Its been 67 years since the controversial korean war, sometimes called americas forgotten warsandwiched between wwii and vietnam, began. This authoritative book separates the facts of the war from the polemics that engulfed them, and takes a fascinating look at the people, places, events, and ideasboth on the battlefield and the home frontof this. 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. To say that the forever war is the best science fiction war novel ever written is to damn it with faint praise. 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.
The best histories of the vietnam war council on foreign. The top 30 vietnam war books to read this winter historynet. Michael herrs frontline reporting of the vietnam war is collected in dispatches, one of the first books to capture the unique feel of life on the vietnam battlefront. The vietnam reader is organized according to two chronological schemes. The second scheme is the timeframe during which these books and films were released. Harry summers is perhaps the expert on the military history of the war from a western perspective. In vietnam, all us forces were ordered to cease fighting and that included air assets as well as the ground troops. The soldiers and journalists who wrote about the war were close to. They are presented randomly within the categories of nonfiction and fiction. For viewers of the ken burns pbs documentary on the vietnam war, here are. These 10 books, in addition to the ones below, were recommended multiple times. Nonfiction an intimate history of killing by joanna bourke. This book is a great read if you enjoy reading books about the vietnam war.
Military police duty in saigon in 196667 was a surreal combination of army nitpicking on a stateside scale, protecting u. A novel of the vietnam war intense, powerful, and compelling, matterhorn is an epic war novel in the tradition of norman mailersthe naked and the dead and james joness the thin red line. Vann retired from the army in 1963 after failing to. The vietnam war was americas longest conflict, outlasting u. Intense, powerful, and compelling, matterhorn is an epic war novel in the tradition of norman mailers the naked and the dead and james joness the thin red line. With the help of writer jay wurts, she intimately details the life of a vietnamese woman. Tran van dinh was a former diplomat from the south, the republic of vietnam, who stayed in america and wrote two.
Sheehan, who covered the vietnam war for the new york times, won the pulitzer prize for chronicling the unusual story of john paul vann. Ten vietnam war books worth owning i began collecting vietnam war books before the united states bugged out in 1973 two years before the war ended, a fact always unmentioned by those who claim we were defeated there. An oral history of the vietnam war by thirtythree american soldiers who fought it. Ten vietnam war novels to read council on foreign relations. The events of the book are set in hong kong during the vietnam war. This graphic novel from the 1960s was written to provide a critical analysis of the vietnam war in an easy to read format. Three are novels, two of which were written by vietnam war veterans. Catfish and mandala is the story of an american odyssey.
The things they carried by tim obrien, matterhorn by karl. List of books and articles about vietnam antiwar movement. Short stories about what i did and what i saw while serving with special forces albert kittredge. The vietnam war has produced as much literature as w. It is, for all its technoextrapolative brilliance, as fine and woundingly genuine a war story as any ive read. The first is the typical arc of the vietnam narrative and traces the tour of duty from induction all the way through returning stateside.
Discover book depositorys huge selection of vietnam war books online. History in an hour, argues that nixons bombing efforts did not bring n. This book is widely viewed as the best concise history of the vietnam war. This new york times bestseller details the authors life story.
The following texts are used and recommended by alpha history authors. I am yet to read a better general history of the war than michael maclears vietnam. The vietnam war has scarred, transformed and inspired countless writers and art practitioners. An oral history of the vietnam war by black veterans by wallace terry. This intervention would become one of the most divisive decisions in u.1471 208 920 1269 1100 1101 105 1113 553 812 1054 406 729 1413 975 1062 789 1511 74 971 595 943 1099 288 94 33 1018 208 1051