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Lanning, Michael Lee
    Inside the Crosshairs : Snipers in Vietnam

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

 

Larzelere, Alex
    The Coast Guard at War : Vietnam, 1965-1975

1997. I don't recall any other books on this subject. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

 

Laurent, Pauline
Grief Denied : A Vietnam Widow's Story

“Grief Denied” is a competently written book about a Vietnam widow, Pauline Laurent, who for many years lived a life defined by her husband’s death.  In telling her story, she provides support as well as a roadmap on how to remake herself as woman whose life did not end with her husband’s. [my review]

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

 

Lazzarini, Tony
Highest Traditions

2003. One of the few, if not the only, book by a door gunner.  An interesting account by a soldier who flew on a slick for the 25th Aviation Battalion, 1966-67, based at Cu Chi.  The company call sign was "Little Bear" and they got their share of calls . . .

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

 

Lee, Alex
Force Recon Command : 3rd Force Recon Company in Vietnam, 1969-70

1996. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

 

Lee, J. Edward and Toby Haynsworth [website]
    White Christmas in April: The Collapse of South Vietnam, 1975  

I haven't read this book but per the author, "[it includes interviews with] Sally Vinyard and Ann Hazard. Sally was the Housing Officer in Saigon. She spent two tours in Vietnam for a total of 72 months. She was a key individual in the operation of the Evacuation Control Center at the Tan Son Nhut airfield in April of 1975. For the last ten days of the fixed wing evacuation from Tan Son Nhut she was not able to leave her post. She was only able to catch some sleep at random lulls in time between the arrival of refugees and the departure of aircraft. Ann Hazard was the Disbursing Officer for the Defense Attaché Office. As the communist forces closed in on Saigon, she was called upon to coordinate the payment salaries to thousands of Vietnamese employees and contractors. She was also involved in the destruction of millions of American dollars on the last day of the evacuation of the country by helicopter. Both Vinyard and Hazard were important figures in the evacuation of Vietnam that saved the lives of many Americans and thousands of our Vietnamese allies."

I heard these two women speak on a panel several years ago.  It was the first time they had spoken in public and we were told to "listen up" because it would be the only time.  I am glad someone has chronicled their astonishing stories.  Among other things, they thought being hired by the US government was assurance that Saigon was safe, what it really meant was the situation had deteriorated so that men wouldn't take the jobs . . .


Leland, Christopher T.
    Letting Loose : A Novel

1996. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardcover]

     

Leepson, Marc
Webster's New World Dictionary of the Vietnam War

598 pages and per the Amazon review, "The A-to-Z dictionary section, which forms the bulk of the book, details over 1,500 entries covering the people, places, battles, equipment, literature, and events relating to the war .  .  . a well-organized, rigorously cross-referenced collection of the causes, events, and repercussions of what we refer to as the Vietnam War."  I do not doubt it.  This is by the well known and well respected author of the "Books in Review" column for the VVA Veteran.   

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

Lembcke, Jerry
    The Spitting Image : Myth, Memory and the Legacy of Vietnam

Per Booklist-- ". . . he makes a strong case that tales of antiwar activists spitting at returning vets are myth."  I beg to differ.  Maybe it didn't happen to guys (would you spit on a guy who might have a gun?) BUT here is a true story about a nurse who had beer cans thrown at her in the airport. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardcover]

     

Leppleman, John
Blood on the Risers : An Airborne Soldier's Thirty-Five Months in Vietnam

This very popular book is selling well.  The soldier did three tours. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

Leslie, Jacques  Author's Website   An Interview
The Mark : A War Correspondent's Memoir of Vietnam and Cambodia

1995. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

Levy, David W.
The Debate over Vietnam (The American Moment Series)

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

Linderer, Gary
Six Silent Men: 101st Lrp/Rangers, Vol. 3

This is not one in a series of novels, but one of three books about the same unit by three authors!  

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]
[Volume 1]
[Volume 2]

     

Lomperis, Timothy J.
From People's War to People's Rule : Insurgency, Intervention, and the Lessons of Vietnam

1996.  By a respected scholar in the field. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]
[hardcover]

     

Lu, Van Thanh
The Inviting Call of Wandering Souls : Memoir of an Arvn Liaison Officer to United States Forces in Vietnam Who Was Imprisioned in Communist Reeducation Camp

1997 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

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My Vietnam Related Websites:
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The Irish on the Wall ~ An effort to locate the Irish who died in Vietnam
button Tim O'Brien's Home Page ~ National Book Award Winner and Americal Vet

button Emily's Poetry ~ By a Red Cross Donut Dolly
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button Photos from a Holts' Military History Tour ~ My trip to Vietnam, February 1998

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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