In a USA Today article last month, Bob Minzesheimer recommended some of the best work on the Vietnam War ( "Ten Authors to Read on the Vietnam War, Nov. 8, 2012"). Written by historians, journalists and veterans, the following are some of his selections.
America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975
by George Herring 959.7 H
Herring discusses the military, diplomatic and political factors that led to America's involvement in the Vietnam War.
The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam
Halberstam discusses how Cold War foreign policy influenced the decisions made by those in power.
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in
Vietnam by Neil Sheehan 959.7 S
In this National Book Award winner, Sheehan profiles John Paul Vann, a military officer sharply critical of the way the war was fought.
Dispatches by Michael Herr 959.7 H
Herr describes his experiences as a war correspondent for Esquire magazine.
Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien FIC
A soldier leaves the fighting in Vietnam and sets off with the seemingly impossible dream of walking to Paris.
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl
Marlantes FIC MAR
A Marine lieutenant’s leadership skills are tested as he leads his men through war’s horrific conditions.
Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism by Library of
America 959.7 R
Eighty journalists, representing a variety of media sources, present the stories of war from many perspectives.
Vietnam: A History by Stanley Karnow 959.7 K
A journalist who reported on the entire war for such publications as London’s Observer and the Washington Post writes the history of a war.