Remembering Vietnam

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. 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. The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam  973.922 H 
Halberstam discusses how Cold War foreign policy influenced the decisions made by those in power.  




A Bright Shinning Lie. A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam  by Neil Sheehan  959.7 S
In this National Book Award winnerSheehan profiles John Paul Vann, a military officer sharply critical of the way the war was fought.




Dispatches. Dispatches by Michael Herr 959.7 H
Herr describes his experiences as a war correspondent for Esquire magazine.




Going after Cacciato. Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien FIC OBR
A soldier leaves the fighting in Vietnam and sets off with the seemingly impossible dream of walking to Paris.




Matterhorn. 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. 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. 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.


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