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Baker, Kenneth Wayman
    Alone in the Valley

September 1992. 

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Baker, Mark
    Nam : The Vietnam War in the Words of the Men and Women Who Fought There

November 1996. 

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Ball, Phil
    Ghosts and Shadows : A Marine in Vietnam, 1967-1969

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Baritz, Loren
    "Backfire : A History of How American Culture Led Us into Vietnam and Made Us Fight the Way We Did"

May 1998

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Barrett, David M., editor
    Lyndon B. Johnson's Vietnam Papers : A Documentary Collection

(Joseph V. Hughes Jr. and Holly O. Hughes Series in the Presidency and Leadership Studies)

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Bass, Thomas A.
    Vietnamerica : The War Comes Home

An account of the author's trip to Vietnam to help repatriate Amerasians. 

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Bates, Milton J.
    The Wars We Took to Vietnam : Cultural Conflict and Storytelling

November 1996. 

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Bauer, Bill
    Last Lambs : New & Selected Poems of Vietnam

April 1997.  I am not familiar with this poet, but he has published two other books of poetry about Vietnam.

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Beattie, Keith
    The Scar That Binds : American Culture and the Vietnam War

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Becker, Elizabeth
    America's Vietnam War : A Narrative History

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Beesley, Stanley W.
    Vietnam : The Heartland Remembers

Essays by Vietnam veterans, including a nurse.  

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Berg, Norman E.
Regret to Inform You: Experiences of Families Who Lost a Family Member in Vietnam

The author's son was MIA in Vietnam, remains never returned.  He writes about his family and seven other families in the same sad circumstances.  1999

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Bigler, Philip
    Hostile Fire : The Life & Death of First Lieutenant Sharon Lane

A competent biography of Sharon's short life as well as a very good account of the life of a nurse in Vietnam and the functioning of a hospital there.

July 1996. 

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Small Press BookBirdwell, Dwight W. & Keith William Nolan [Author's website]
A Hundred Miles of Bad Road : An Armored Cavalryman in Vietnam, 1967- 68

Aug. 1997. 

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Small Press BookBlaugher, Michael A. [website]
Guide to Over 900 Aircraft Museums

Looking for a Huey? Which series? There are over 20 index entries for almost as many states. This is the bible for aficionados of aircraft museums in the US and it is written by a classmate of mine, Mississinewa HS, 1970. (Tell Mike, "Marilyn '70 sent me.")  It is a few dollars cheaper if you order directly from his website.

Aug. 1998 

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Blondell, Anthony J.
Honor and Sacrifice : The Montagnards of Ba Cat Vietnam

Author was with the Special Forces working with the Montagnards.

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Bordenkircher, S. A.   (Editor), Donald E. Bordenkircher
    Tiger Cage : An Untold Story

What must be an interesting and unusual account (based on the reviews on Amazon) by the former Senior Advisor to the South Vietnamese Director of Corrections.

I have to include the note from the publisher, which I was bemused by.  "This is a story so unusual and so full of emotion that even though the setting is Vietnam (a place currently out of vogue in book publishing) it grabs you. We had to publish it. It's not about Vietnam, really, it only happens there. Readers will be surprised."    

I trust no one here will be put off by the book being about Vietnam . . .

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Borton, Lady
    After Sorrow : An American Among the Vietnamese

October 1996. 

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    Boat People and Vietnamese Refugees in the United States

June 1991 

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Boyle, Charles J.
    Absolution: Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW Reviewer: A reader from Oregon, WI:  Absolution is the true, candid, unflinching story of Charles J. Boyle, a man who commanded a platoon in combat in Vietnam, and at the outbreak of the Tet Offensive, was selected to command Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry.  

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Bowen, Kevin and Bruce Weigl
    Writing Between the Lines : An Anthology on War and Its Social Consequences

February 1997. An expensive book, but a large collection of essays, poems, short stories, and excerpts from other books.

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 Small Press Book Bows, Ray [author's website]
Vietnam Military Lore--Legends, Shadows, and Heroes

A 1200 page, 51 chapter hardbound work which tells the story of the Vietnam war from 1945 to 1965 through the eyes of 175 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who had camps, compounds and airfields named during the war in their honor.   This is an unusual idea well executed.  The author offers a money back guarantee.  He is good for it, but you won't need it.  Gen. Hal Moore gave it five stars and who am I to disagree?

Bows and Sons Publishing
2055 Washington Street
Hanover Mass 02339
(781)-293-2900
$50 plus $6 postage and handling

Boyle, Jerome M.
    Apache Sunrise

Memoir by an Apache Troop's Cobra pilot. 

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Brennan, Matt
    Brennan's War: Vietnam 1965-1969

ARMY 9th CAV BLUES, 1965-69: Mr. Brennan has several books on his service I believe, and they are quite popular. 

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Breuer, William B.
    War and American Women : Heroism, Deeds, and Controversy

Contains stories from nurses who served. 

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Brigham, Robert K.
    Guerrilla Diplomacy : The NLF's Foreign Relations and the Viet Nam War 

Jan 99

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Browne, Malcom W.
    Muddy Boots & Red Socks

Another book by a member of the Saigon press corps during the war. If you enjoy the genre, as I do, you will want to read the book. 

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Broyles, William
    Brothers in Arms: A Journey from War to Peace

MARINE LT., 1969: A provocative memoir by a soldier who admits that in certain ways he loved the war. He served in 1969 as a marine lt. in Da Nang. This book was written after his return to Vietnam about 1984. An honest readable book. 

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Man of the River: Memoir of a Brown Water Sailor in Vietnam 1968-1969

Non-fiction account of riverine warfare by a USN Vietnam veteran.   

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Burruss, Lt. Col. L. H. "Bucky"
    Mike Force: Two Years of War with the Green Berets' Mobile Strike Force in Viet Nam

Jan.,1995. 

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Butler, Deborah A.
    American Women Writers on Vietnam : Unheard Voices : A Selected Annotated Bibliography (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, Vol 1278)

February 1990. 

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Butler, Robert Olen
    A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain : Stories

An unusual perspective, almost all of these short stories are about Vietnamese now living in Louisiana. It's quite good, won a Pulitzer. The author has a very lyrical writing style. He has a number of novels, most touching on the war in some way.

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    The Alleys of Eden : A Novel

January 1994. 

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Sun Dogs

April 1994. 

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Buzzanco, Robert
    Vietnam and the Transformation of American Life (Problems in American History)

From the publisher: "The book is divided into 2 sections. The first outlines the emergence of Ho Chi Minh and the Vietnamese nationalist movement and explains why the United States intervened. It discusses the repeated escalations of the war in the Johnson and Nixon years and the lack of lasting success, and finally, the causes and consequences of American defeat. The second section examines the major political and social movements of the 1960s: liberalism, civil rights, and youth culture. It studies the mass student mobilization against the war, which changed the nature of American political and social life, giving rise to other movements in turn."
Feb 1999 

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Masters of War : Military Dissent and Politics in the Vietnam Era

Feb 1996 

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My Other Websites:
Maybe Later . . . ~ My Creative Nonfiction
Irish in Korea ~ Irish men and women who gave their lives in the Korean War
Literature of the Korean War ~ Don't let the literature be forgotten
Samuel Pepys ~ One of my favorite authors
Chicago Theatre Z - A ~ This is the best theater town in the country!
Soccer Literature ~ I'm a fan and I read
O'Leary Lantern ~ Fire! Fire! Fire!
Gil Thorp ~ THE Coach (apologies to The General!)
Poetry of the First World War ~ Owen, Hardy and others
Chi-COW-go ~ Cowz plus Commentary (this used to be a cow town)
Graham Fulton, Scottish Poet ~ Charles Manson Auditions for the Monkees

Other Important Websites:
The Truth About Caroline ~ a  really good Young Adult book by my niece, Stacey
M. Lane Grosh
Remember Oklahoma City ~  The
Civil Service and Military will NEVER forget!

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