The ultimate 2020 list of best vietnam books to read. Find the top 100 most popular items in amazon books best sellers. Daniel ellsberg and the secret history of the vietnam war bccb blue ribbon nonfiction book award awards hardcover september 22, 2015. The th valley by john del vecchio there have been a number of excellent books about vietnam. Best fictioncreative nonfiction about the vietnam war. One of the things i loved so muchand that broke my heart so cleanlyabout the things they carried was that it reminded me of another beloved war book, slaughterhousefive, in that both books are. If you want gripping, true action of ww2, read last battle station, if you can find it, about one of the greatest, rarely told battles of ww2, the battle of java sea, the story of the uss hous. Welcome to alpha historys selection of vietnam war books. Discover the best vietnam war history in best sellers. Pages in category vietnam war fiction the following 15 pages are in this category, out of 15 total. My top 10 fiction and nonfiction books to read on vietnam.
What was the vietnam war oconnor, jim, who hq, foley, tim. There was a time when all i knew of vietnam war books was tim obriens, the things they carried, a book that prompted the laconic entry in my book journal, this book destroyed me. Readers weighed in on the best books about the vietnam war. The soldiers and journalists who wrote about the war were close to.
Choose from used and new textbooks or get instant access with etextbooks and digital materials. Three are novels, two of which were written by vietnam war veterans. We would be organized militarily, but we would have to break the bad habit, of trying to fight a conventional war in a guerrilla warfare environment. This book is widely viewed as the best concise history of the vietnam war. The top 30 vietnam war books to read this winter historynet. It has incited many authors, historians and scholars, military and civilian alike, to analyze and write about this complex war. I really find that era fascinating and terrible and confusing, and so many great stories about so many great things came out of it. History in an hour is essential reading for anyone interested in postwar history. During the four years following passage of the tonkin gulf resolution aug. Not only one of the best books about the vietnam war, but one of the best nonfiction books written by an american. A history of americas involvement in and extrication from the vietnam war henry a. This website presents the most informative, insightful and popular nonfiction books about the vietnam war. Organized chaos, seemed like a contradiction in terms, but after a few weeks in vietnam, it seemed plausible.
Vietnam war at amazon vietnam war on dvd at amazon vietnam war kindle books. The viet nam war was, unquestionably, americas longest war and a war that deeply divided america in the sixties and seventies. I have broken down the best books about vietnam into helpful sections. In the fiction section, you will find the best books on vietnam war, other vietnam bestseller novels as well as novels set in vietnam. Nonfiction updated december 2006 a war story is good, but sometimes nonfiction can be more interesting, as in these true vietnam war stories, compiled by reader advisor paul mathews. Vietnam war nonfiction missouri secretary of state. A rumor of war, philip caputo to call it the best book about vietnam is to trivialise it. List of books and articles about vietnam antiwar movement. The definitive collection of fiction and nonfiction on the war 1998 by. Anyone interested in the war should also read martin windrows the last valley. The definitive collection of fiction and nonfiction on the war 9780385491181. Score a book s total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book. All our physical stores and our online store are temporarily closed. Diving into a book about the vietnam war can be a daunting task.
A list of interesting, insightful and above all truelife or truetolife books on vietnam. I am yet to read a better general history of the war than michael maclears vietnam. A slew of war memoirs stand with the best writing of that genre. 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. I have read literally 100s of books on these topics. Booktopia buy vietnam war books online from australias leading online bookstore. Nick turse, in his 20 book, kill anything that moves, argues that a. President thieu demanded changes to the peace accord upon its discovery, and when north vietnam went public with the agreements details, the nixon. The vietnam war also known as the second indochina war, and in vietnam as the resistance. The vietnam war was a very tragic time that was destructive and enormously violent. Ten vietnam war novels to read council on foreign relations.
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. They are presented randomly within the categories of nonfiction and fiction. In this post, you will find a list of the best vietnam books to read in 2020. If you havent been yet, or dont even plan to go, they will still enrich your knowledge about a. One popular interpretation is that american leaders feared direct chinese entry into the war and that this concern precluded fullscale use of u. You may also request these titles online through our opac. The vietnam war in american stories, songs, and poems by h. Ready to read the most celebrated and best vietnam war books. Harry summers is perhaps the expert on the military history of the war from a western perspective. With the help of writer jay wurts, she intimately details the life of a vietnamese woman.
These include winners of national book awards and pulitzer prizes, both fiction and nonfiction. Complete organized chaos for the new guys would begin as we landed in vietnam. Winner of the 2016 pulitzer prize for fiction, this debut novel could fit into half a dozen genres of vietnam war books from war narrative to immigrant story, from mystery to political, from metafiction to. What is a good recommendation for a nonfiction book on. Nonfiction books on the political aspects of the vietnam war. Purchasing these books through the book depository is a great way for you to save money, while supporting alpha history. The necessary war, michael lind if you only read one book on the vietnam war, this is it. A history of the vietnamese by keith weller taylor, hanois war. Xiaoming zhang \1 thy did the united states lose the vietnam war. Online shopping for vietnam war from a great selection at books store. A singleminded interpretation of the vietnam war based on the authors conviction that the conflicts overriding issue was a moscowdirected international communist conspiracy. I will be marking the fiftieth anniversary of those marines going ashore at da nang by posting my favorite vietnam war.
If you are going to vietnam, these books will make your journey more meaningful. The best histories of the vietnam war council on foreign. Saigon depicts the tensions between these two warring nations, centering on josephan american drawn to the country first by his father, then by duty, then by journalism, and finally by love. Like so many other books, this one is dubbed the best book to come out of the vietnam war by none other than john del vecchio i suppose that the author of the finest novel to come out of the vietnam war quote which appears on the th valleys cover is bob mason.
Herr commands one of the great voices in american literature, and is so overwhelming, so powerful, that he can, like hemingway, wreak havoc on the style of wouldbe writers who would fall under his spell. A few years ago when i began teaching the american literature of the vietnam war, i tried to find an anthology my students could usea book that collected all the major work in one place. The history of saigon unfolds as josephs story progresses, depicting the capital city in the. The vietnam war has scarred, transformed and inspired countless writers and art practitioners.
First used to describe the symptoms related to combat experiences in war, today a diagnosis of ptsd has been expanded to include some of the most common everyday situations. Among the most positive is an abundance of topnotch books, many written by veterans of the conflict. A compelling sense of urgency and a unique voice make michael herrs vietnam memoir the definitive account of war in our time. Find all the books, read about the author, and more.
It was a time that many people remember and a time when our. For viewers of the ken burns pbs documentary on the vietnam war. Military this is a hilarious tale of an air force combat fighter pilot in vietnam who goes out on patrol with a special forces team he has supported many times from the air. Dog soldiers won the 1975 national book award for fiction, the first vietnam war novel to do so. To order any of these titles, contact the library by email, mail or phone. The vietnam war was as much a part of the tumultuous sixties as flower power. The book gives a sense of the people who live and lived in the country and it is well documented, with rich stories in the nonfiction and detailed information that. The following texts are used and recommended by alpha history authors. Retro cold warrior lind author of the novel powertown, 1996, as well as works of nonfiction, resembling an intellectual rambo, verbally machineguns vietnamese, russian, and chinese communists, along with americans. Vietnam war, 19611975 engineering and construction base development in south vietnam, 19651970 1991, by carroll h. How it got that way is the subject of stewart justmans fascinating exploration of the rise of ptsda story of a questionable diagnosis and of medicine gone astray. Friendly fire, one of the earliest 1976 notable nonfiction books about the vietnam war, is now available electronically through open road media. An international history of the war for peace in vi.876 473 1102 1113 886 1612 171 255 222 589 478 989 1183 1230 597 1384 381 20 290 753 728 824 1609 1364 1320 1157 257 794 838 1318 166 1585 1554 141 376 460 885 1110 649 171 567 1443 1448 1348 1411