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Vietnam War books - 6/15/2020 10:24:40 PM   
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Just finished Max Hastings' epic history of the war.
I'm wondering if there are other good histories of
the war. Or the best Vietnam books in general.
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RE: Vietnam War books - 6/15/2020 10:30:26 PM   
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Depends on how much reading you'd like to do, or your areas of interest. There are many books of varying themes.

Anything in particular?

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RE: Vietnam War books - 6/15/2020 10:35:43 PM   
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I've read just about all of the general histories of the war.
"Matterhorn" was a fantastic fictional account. Currently
reading Frank Snep's "Decent Interval" which is fantastic.

I suppose I'd be interested in a general history I haven't
come across and something akin to "Matterhorn"

BTW Bernard Fall's books on the French experience are must reads.

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RE: Vietnam War books - 6/16/2020 12:46:34 AM   
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A bright shining lie
embers of war
10,000 days of thunder

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RE: Vietnam War books - 6/16/2020 2:37:33 AM   
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Thanks Dox.
I've read a bright shining lie and embers of war.
I'll look for 10,000 days of thunder.

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RE: Vietnam War books - 6/16/2020 2:54:03 PM   
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I've read just about all of the general histories of the war.
"Matterhorn" was a fantastic fictional account. Currently
reading Frank Snep's "Decent Interval" which is fantastic.

I suppose I'd be interested in a general history I haven't
come across and something akin to "Matterhorn"

BTW Bernard Fall's books on the French experience are must reads.

Street without Joy, aye. I also got tons of information about the French in Indochina on my blog. Feedback appreciated!

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RE: Vietnam War books - 6/16/2020 3:03:29 PM   
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If you don't mind reading PDF's, I would highly recommend reading these, in order.

US Army in Vietnam

and these

US Marines in Vietnam

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RE: Vietnam War books - 6/16/2020 4:41:26 PM   
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Great sources guys. Thank you.

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RE: Vietnam War books - 6/16/2020 4:46:18 PM   
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No problem at all! Always happy to help.

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RE: Vietnam War books - 6/16/2020 5:27:29 PM   
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The Village by Bing West

Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965 by Mark Moyar.

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RE: Vietnam War books - 6/17/2020 10:37:57 AM   
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Shelby L. Stanton - Anatomy of a Division: The 1st Cav in Vietnam

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RE: Vietnam War books - 8/27/2020 2:25:48 PM   
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Chickenhawk by Robert Mason for some helicopter perspective.

When Thunder Rolled by Ed Rasimus for F-105 action over North Vietnam.

Vietnam: A History by Stanley Karnow for historical information on Vietnam, and a lot of information on politics in SV.

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RE: Vietnam War books - 10/3/2020 10:22:33 AM   
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The Phoenix Program by Doug Valentine and although it covers the war in Laos Shadow War By Kenneth Conboy and James Morrison.

Chickenhawk and When Thunder Rolled By very good too

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RE: Vietnam War books - 10/28/2020 10:42:12 PM   
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Hastings book is superb. Then again, anything by Sir Max is superb!
We were Soldiers Once...and Young. By Harold Moore
Hell in a Very Small Place by Bernard Fall
Shooting at the Moon by Roger warner (clandestine war in Laos)
Hue 1968 Mark Bowden
Last Stand at Khe Sanh by Greg Jones
A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo (Caputo's Vietnam experience)

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RE: Vietnam War books - 3/23/2021 9:55:05 AM   
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bravo, when a new campain start ?

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RE: Vietnam War books - 7/18/2021 1:59:49 AM   
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The Boys of '67 I thought was excellent.

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RE: Vietnam War books - 7/18/2021 5:18:23 PM   
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Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns: The Vietnam War - An intimate History

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RE: Vietnam War books - 7/22/2021 5:59:03 PM   
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Low Level Hell by Hugh Mills... Amazing stories of being a Loach pilot in Nam

I read The 13th Valley when I was in High School in the early 80s and always loved it as a fictional Vietnam novel

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RE: Vietnam War books - 7/22/2021 7:53:53 PM   
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The Cat From Hue, by John Laurence is a fascinating look at a crucial phase of the war from the perspective of a CBS journalist. The world was a very different place back then (as those of us here who were watching TV in those years can tell ya).

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RE: Vietnam War books - 7/23/2021 12:41:57 AM   
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The Cat From Hue, by John Laurence is a fascinating look at a crucial phase of the war from the perspective of a CBS journalist. The world was a very different place back then (as those of us here who were watching TV in those years can tell ya).


Hey thanks theWombat! I'll have to take a look at that source. Thanks again!!

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RE: Vietnam War books - 7/23/2021 1:02:10 AM   
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I would put in a recommendation for "The Sorrow of War" by Bảo Ninh. It is a novel, so not the hard history you have been asking for, but it is very well written and from the N. Vietnamese perspective which is unusual.

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RE: Vietnam War books - 8/1/2021 4:03:51 PM   
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As I eagerly await CSV, I cannot do more than highly recommend Max Hastings's book on the Vietnam War. If someone is looking for a single book that condenses everything, look no further. And whoever is looking for an extensive first introduction to the subject, this is his book. Amazing.

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RE: Vietnam War books - 8/5/2021 9:19:23 PM   
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Across the Fence, John Stryker Meyer, for an intro to SOG.

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Here's one that's online, intro to the Mobile Riverine Force:

https://history.army.mil/html/books/090/90-18/index.html

Written by Fulton who was the Brigade Commander during the first six months of operations. A true "joint" force, before there were "joint" forces. Navy carried Army on boats. Lots of choppers in support and Air Farce Spads and fast movers also supporting.


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RE: Vietnam War books - 8/14/2021 4:54:37 PM   
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Dispatches, Michael Herr, a very good novel disguised as journalism.

Several parts of the book were later used in the narration for Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket films

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RE: Vietnam War books - 8/16/2021 2:24:12 PM   
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One of my favorite Vietnam books on an often undercovered part of the war is Gordon Rottman's Mobile Strike Forces In Vietnam about the CIDG mobile forces. I reviewed it glowingly.

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RE: Vietnam War books - 8/27/2021 2:59:53 AM   
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My dad, whom is a Vietnam veteran, recommended I read The Magnificent Bastards: The Joint Army-Marine Defense of Dong Ha, 1968 by Keith Nolan. Unfortunately I haven't read it yet, but being the veteran and avid Vietnam history buff my dad is, he wouldn't have recommended it if it wasn't great. He even bought a copy for me.

Max Hastings' book, which you've already read, is one of the best grand views of the war I've read.

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