A history of the vietnamese by keith weller taylor. Fascinating facts and interesting vietnam war stories. Dispatches from the war university of virginia press, 216 pp. It is one of more than 116 book excerpts and articles from newspapers and magazines by more than 80 writers included in reporting vietnam, american journalism 19591969 part one and reporting vietnam. After we posted this article, times readers weighed in with their favorite books on the vietnam war. John paul vann who arrived in vietnam in 1962 and witnessed firsthand the corruption, deception, arrogance, and incompetence that would ultimately define the vietnam war. Galloway 9780345475817 each year, the commandant of the u. Some made high falutin claims to be as good a war novel as. Engaging in bigotry or racism, and resorting to insults or hostility will result in a ban. Try requesting a personal reading list and a librarian will send you a list of books tailored just for you. An international history of the war for peace in vietnam audiobook. In this powerfully plainspoken account, one of the leading female journalists of the vietnam war relays her personal experience of the bloody conflict that divided america and changed the global polit. For a book he is preparing, mike burns, the author of a battalion of angels, and a vietnam war veteran, would like to hear from folks who, in his words, experienced some form of divine. Another revolutionary telling of the vietnam war, bao ninhs the sorrow of war is reported to have been written against the communist partys wishes.
John steinbeck died shortly after he produced the contents of steinbeck in vietnam. 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. Home books 60 books about world war ii anthony doers 2014 pulitzer prizewinning novel all the light we cannot see proved that literature about world war ii continues to fascinate readers. The vietnam war has scarred, transformed and inspired countless writers and art practitioners. When i think back to reading either book for the first time, and other vietnam war books, the memories that come to me are of the owl coffee mug i. But they were wrong, and the result was the death of 58,000 american troops. These include winners of national book awards and pulitzer prizes, both fiction and nonfiction. The vietnam war was as much a part of the tumultuous sixties as flower power and the civil rights movement.
Every book on vietnam in the section claimed to be the best ever written on the subject. The powerful words in these eleven books help us understand a complicated time in our recent history, and the political and personal legacy that it still carries. A history of the vietnamese by keith weller taylor, hanois war. Vietnam veterans vietnam war books to read my books vietnam history vietnam travel marine corps military history nonfiction books what others are saying we were soldiers once. Jun 24, 2016 michael herr, the american writer and war correspondent famous for writing dispatches, described as the best book i have ever read on men and war in our time by john le carre, has died aged 76. 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. An epic tragedy sits a minute story that captures the essence of the book.
Part one contains combatfront writing by journalists who. It is simply that as great as this reporting was it isnt the whole story about what happened to move the public against the war. Courageous women of the vietnam war independent publishers. Of all the works on the vietnam warfiction and nonfictionthis is the big one. News on new nonfiction books and recs for the best nonfiction books, including historical books, biographies, nonfiction books for kids, and more, from book riot. Sep 15, 2017 whats your favorite book about the vietnam war. Journalists share vietnam experiences national archives. Harrison evans salisbury november 14, 1908 july 5, 1993, was an american journalist and the first regular new york times correspondent in moscow after world war ii biography. The best vietnam war books five books expert recommendations. 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. John paul vann and america in vietnam 1988 is a book by neil sheehan, a former new york times reporter, about u. The disaster that was the vietnam war the new york times. Here are my picks for the ten best memoirs of the vietnam war.
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. Enough books novels and nonfiction have been published about the vietnam war and its aftermath to fill a modestsized library. Nonfiction an intimate history of killing by joanna bourke. Ia drang the battle that changed the war in vietnam harold g. The ultimate 2020 list of best vietnam books to read. Nonfiction audiobooks matching keywords vietnam war. Nov 15, 2007 tree of smoke, a novel by denis johnson about the vietnam war that features stories of american and vietnamese soldiers, won the national book award for fiction. The ten best memoirs of the vietnam war council on. Courageous women of the vietnam war is an inspiration. Reporting vietnam is one of the harder books ive read, and not just because it is more than 800 pages. 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. There is a huge array of books focusing on the conflict, the struggles of the military and ordinary people, the key moments, and many more subjects. Find the top 100 most popular items in amazon books best sellers. I really find that era fascinating and terrible and confusing, and.
Times correspondent who won a pulitzer prize for his reporting from vietnam, gave. Reporting from vietnam was indeed uncensored, but during the entire war period there were only a handful of instances in which the macv found a journalist guilty of violating military security. War reporting m by john sack a stark portrayal of a company of young soldiers preparing for war in vietnam and what they found when they arrived. Whilst some of these books are a bit older, they are still brilliant to read and give you great insight into the war.
No 9 dispatches by michael herr 1977 a compelling sense of urgency and a unique voice make michael herrs vietnam memoir the definitive account of war in our. He took much heat from the johnson administration and the political right, but his previous standards of objectivity helped to sway journalistic opinion against the war. London times journalist ayres reluctantly joins the elite, noble, and fuckedup profession of middle east war correspondent in this report from the frontlines. John paul vann who arrived in vietnam in 1962 and witnessed firsthand the corruption, deception, arrogance. Three are novels, two of which were written by vietnam war veterans. The best histories of the vietnam war council on foreign.
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. For viewers of the ken burns pbs documentary on the vietnam war, here are some more stories you might love. Among the most positive is an abundance of topnotch books, many written by veterans of the conflict. American journalism 19691975, along with its companion volume, captures the bravery, fear, cruelty, suffering, anger, and sorrow of a tragic conflict.
Vietnam war, 19611975teen nonfiction, vietnam history. Browse the amazon editors picks for the best books of 2019, featuring our. Studs terkel as a vietnam combat veteran who participated in most of the major historical battles of 1968, im understadably ambivalent about reading vietnam books, fiction and nonfiction. The violence, tragedy, bravery, and loss of the vietnam war has been memorialized in countless novels and works of nonfiction. Discover the best vietnam war history in best sellers. There was a map of vietnam on the wall of my apartment in saigon and some nights. The final book on your list of books about the vietnam war is 365 days.
Free shipping on many items browse your favorite brands affordable prices. Reporting vietnam is an abridgment and updating of hammonds massive twovolume work issued by the government printing office. News on new nonfiction books and recs for the best nonfiction books, including historical books, biographies, nonfiction books for kids, and more, from book. No 9 dispatches by michael herr 1977 a compelling sense of urgency and a unique voice make michael herrs vietnam memoir the definitive account of war. This second volume traces events from the revelation of the my lai massacre in 1969 through the fall.
In the last few years, with the publication of such books as jacques leslies the mark and william prochnaus once upon a distant war, historians and former correspondents have been examining closely the role of journalism in the conduct of the vietnam war. As combat heated up in 1964, hastings relates, communist. This will fulfill the category of reading a book that takes place more than 5,000 miles from here, for the 2017 book riot challenge. This second volume traces events from the revelation of the my lai massacre in 1969 through the fall of saigon in 1975. A savvy reporters controversial and gritty tour of duty. Its a compilation of stories, mostly from war correspondents covering the vietnam war. His most ambitious work yet, hue 1968 is the story of the centerpiece of the tet offensive and a turning point in the american war in vietnam.
Daniel ellsberg and the secret history of the vietnam war was a national book award finalist, a yalsa excellence in nonfiction award winner, and a boston globehorn book nonfiction award winner. Diving into a book about the vietnam war can be a daunting task. Vietnam war novel wins national book award the new york times. The full text of sheehans article not a dove, but a hawk no longer sums up american involvement in the vietnam war. An international history of the war for peace in vi. 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.
Hirashiki, who worked for more than 40 years as an abc news cameraman, originally wrote and published the book in japanesehis native languageto share his perspective on the war he covered for. By 1955, and after decades of resistance to french colonials, vietnam was partitioned into northern and southern territories. Looking for more great nonfiction book suggestions for elementary schoolaged kids. Despite how one may feel about the war, the universal themes bourke exposes re. Sheinkin lives in saratoga springs, new york, with his wife and two children. Dog soldiers won the 1975 national book award for fiction, the first vietnam war novel to do so. Before he penned the screenplays for jarhead and castaway, a young william broyles enlisted to serve in the vietnam war. The recipient of the national book award and the pulitzer prize for nonfiction, neil sheehas book stands among the best accounts of the war, bringing to light the experiences of lt. There is still a place for a great war book such as dispatches. Friendly fire, one of the earliest 1976 notable nonfiction books about the vietnam war, is now available electronically through open road media. Get the best deals on vietnam war nonfiction books when you shop the largest.
Part one contains combatfront writing by journalists who are well known to students of vietnam war historystanley karnow, david halberstam, frances fitzgerald, bernard fall, neil sheehan, ward just, and zalin grant among them. His coverage of the war in dispatches was groundbreaking for its presented a type of. Usa today s bob minzesheimer recommends books by 10 authors. Dec 15, 2017 the panel was brought together to discuss hirashikis new book, on the frontlines of the television war. Ten vietnam war novels to read council on foreign relations. Army lieutenant colonel john paul vann killed in action and the united states involvement in the vietnam war sheehan was awarded the 1988 national book award for nonfiction and the 1989 pulitzer prize for general nonfiction for the book. Nov 08, 2012 enough books novels and non fiction have been published about the vietnam war and its aftermath to fill a modestsized library. The definitive collection of fiction and nonfiction on the war. Covering world war i, world war ii, and the vietnam war, this book does an exceptional job illuminating the psychological aspects of wartime on those who do the killing. The book includes a block of pictures of the reporters included in the book and some helpful maps of vietnam. Download nonfiction audiobooks matching keywords vietnam war to your device. The novel explores the war from the perspective of a former north vietnamese soldier, kien, and is a nonlinear telling of how the conflict transformed himself, his country and those around him. The definitive collection of fiction and nonfiction on the war paperback.
Readers weighed in on the best books about the vietnam war. Salisbury was among the earliest mainstream journalists to oppose the vietnam war after reporting from north vietnam in 1966. He graduated from minneapolis north high school in 1925 and the university of minnesota in 1930, though some sources say he was expelled from university. Based on classified and recently declassified government documentsincluding nixons national security filesas well as on extensive interviews and surveys of press war coverage, it tells how government and media. The war by its military photographers in new york journal of books. Get the best deals on vietnam war nonfiction books when you shop the largest online selection at. Blackhawk down by mark bowden a classic series of articles about the catastrophic us attack in mogadishu that gave rise to the film of the same name hiroshima by john hersey. You may also request these titles online through our opac. Audible provides the highest quality audio and narration. More than a decade later, he returned to his former battlegrounds and recorded his journey in goodbye vietnam. Live from the battlefield, from vietnam to baghdad. This was a book i read before i went to vietnam and it was written by an army doctor who wasnt even there. A bright shining lie is a sprawling, powerful account of the peril and folly of the vietnam war. The politics of the vietnam war nonfiction 116 books goodreads.
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. Vietnam war nonfiction missouri secretary of state. Find below a collection of the best books on the vietnam war. To order any of these titles, contact the library by email, mail or phone. These 10 books, in addition to the ones below, were recommended multiple times. Online shopping for vietnam war from a great selection at books store. One is literary nonfiction by a vietnam war veteran. The book would have been stronger had the author done more to. The two volumes of reporting vietnam offer a trove of material for such studies. Nonfiction updated december 2006 a war story is good, but sometimes non fiction can be more interesting, as in these true vietnam war stories, compiled by reader advisor paul mathews.
Mar 02, 2015 the best histories of the vietnam war. Kate quinn, author ofthe alice network, the empress of rome saga, and the borgia chronicles the vietnam war was hardly an allmale event. In any case, american disillusionment with the war was a product of many causes, of which the media was only one. Five us presidents were convinced that american troops could end a war in the small, divided country of vietnam and stop communism from spreading in southeast asia. Ive read all the obrien cacciato and in the lake of the woods are my favorites, so you can save those suggestions. Americas wars have inspired some of the worlds best literature, and the vietnam war is no exception. This subreddit is intended for civil and informed discussion of the vietnam war and related issues. The top 30 vietnam war books to read this winter historynet. Go beyond ken burns documentary and discover the landmark memoirs and bestselling novels of the vietnam war. Best fictioncreative nonfiction about the vietnam war. Shortlisted for canadas prestigious giller prize, this profoundly humane novel vancouver sun, wrings suspense and humor out of the everyday choices we make, revealing the delicate balance between sacrifice and selfinterest, doing good and being good. Not only one of the best books about the vietnam war, but one of the best nonfiction books written by an american. The library of america series is dedicated to publishing the countrys literary classics, and many pieces.1083 1233 701 1197 463 204 1500 184 321 1319 214 1085 466 1453 257 236 415 406 461 327 149 1470 910 257 553 1190 599 984 860 1203 342 765 1463 1293 253 306 798 1274 268 216 933 403 1368