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McDonald, Cherokee Paul
Into the Green: A Reconnaissance by Fire

The blurb says "Prepare to be disturbed by this finely imagined and brutally, uncomfortably honest book."  Now I don't know why the author of Louisiana Power and Light reviewed this book, but he got it right.  I would only add that it is a very angry book.   This is a distinctive memoir by an arty Lt. forward observer& I recommend it. 

Per Amazon: McDonald went to Vietnam as a brand-new artillery second lieutenant in January 1968. He arrived after the Tet offensive and served for 11 months as a forward observer, moving throughout the Central Highlands in support of several American and South Vietnamese infantry units, including the 173rd Airborne Brigade, the Fourth Infantry Division and Green Beret teams.  2001

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MacPherson, Myra
Long Time Passing : Vietnam and the Haunted Generation

1993 

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Mahler, Michael D.
Ringed in Steel; Armored Cavalry, Vietnam 1967-68

1998  

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Mariscal, George
Aztlan and Viet Nam : Chicano and Chicana Experiences of the War

Showcasing over sixty short stories, poems, speeches, and articles, Aztln and Viet Nam is the first anthology of Mexican American writings about the U.S. war in Southeast Asia.  1999 [see also]


Mahoney, Philip 
From Both Sides Now : The Poetry of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath

An anthology of poetry by American and Vietnamese poets. The book description says the editor "scoured the globe to find amazing and, in some cases, never-before-published poetry."  Too bad he didn't turn up any incountry women!   1998 

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Mann, Emily
Testimonies : Five Plays

1996  

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Marr, David G.
"Vietnam 1945 : The Quest for Power"

1997 

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Marshall, Tom
The Price of Exit

1998 

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Martinez, Reynel
Six Silent Men : 101st LRP/Rangers

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

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Mason, Bobbie Ann
In Country : A Novel

The teenage daughter of a soldier killed in Vietnam tries to learn about the Vietnam war and about her father. Her likeliest source of information is her Uncle who is also a Vietnam Vet, but he doesn't want to talk about it . . .  I like this book a lot, in large part because of its small town setting.   It is about a class of people I know well.  It is one of the few well respected novels by a non-vet, which is quite an achievement.  It was a bestseller and is now used in schools.  There is a video which changes the story a bit and which isn't very exciting.

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Mason, Robert
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ARMY 1st CAV, 1965-66: Mason is another of my favorites. This memoir is the first book I read about Vietnam and has shaped my view of all the books I have read subsequently. Mason was a pilot in the First Air Cav at An Khe from 1965-66, seeing action at Ia Drang. He does a rare writing job in assuming you know nothing about helicopters, giving you a thorough grounding in UH-1's, and then not talking down to you. You will want to read the sequel . . . 

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    Chickenhawk : Back in the World : Life After Vietnam

When you read a WWII memoir, the last page is often the end of the war or return to the states. Sadly with Vietnam memoirs, the return home does not bring an end to the battle. Mason writes very well about his PTSD and I am puzzled that this sequel to "Chickenhawk" isn't better known. 

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Mason, Patience
    Recovering From the War: A Guide for All Veterans, Family Members, Friends and Therapists

Newly Revised!!   Perhaps the first book on PTSD, and still one of the best.  It also gives one of the best descriptions of what various jobs in Vietnam entailed. I recommend it for any student of Vietnam literature and anyone who thinks only CIB holders saw combat.   Get a copy at the author's home page where you can also get copies of her excellent newsletter: The Post Traumatic Gazette 
or call toll-free weekdays 1-877-PATIENCE


Maurer, Harry
Strange Ground : An Oral History of Americans in Vietnam, 1945-1975

Includes an interview with a nurse among others.  

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McAfee, John P.
On Rims of Empty Moons

This is by a Vietnam veteran and I'm guessing it is a novel.  It is about Texas and Vietnam.
Oct. 1997  

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McDonough, James
Platoon Leader

1996.  Non-fiction 173rd Airborne Brigade 

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McMaster, H. R.
Dereliction of Duty : Johnson, McNamara, the JCS, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam

May 1997. 

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McNamara, Francis Terry
Escape With Honor : My Last Hours in Vietnam

This is apparently about evacuating civilians.  1997.   

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Melson, Charles D.
"The War That Would Not End : U.S. Marines in Vietnam 1971-73"

Jan 1998  

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Mersky, Peter B.
F-8 Crusader Fighter Units of the Vietnam War

1998  

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Michel, Marshall
Clashes : Air Combat over North Vietnam, 1965-1972

1997: United States Naval Inst. 

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Micheletti, Eric
"Seals : U.S. Navy Commandos in the Vietnam War"


Published  November 1997 

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Small Press Book Military Living Publications

Actually this is a website with numerous valuable publications for military families. Want to know all about "Space-A?"  Pack your bag and check out this website's publications. Just got transferred?  This small press offers "U.S. Forces Travel Guide to U.S. Military Installations."


Miller, John Grider and Keith Johnston
The Bridge at Dong Ha

I have been to Dong Ha, seen where the bridge was (there is a new bridge there now) and heard the harrowing story of how the bridge was blown.  It is quite a story.   

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Miller, Kenn
Six Silent Men: 101st LRP/Rangers, Vol. 2

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

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Mills, Hugh
Low Level Hell : A Scout Pilot in the Big Red One

The author was a scout pilot in the Big Red One Presideo 92. Published July, 1993. 

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Moise, Edwin E.
Tonkin Gulf and the Escalation of the Vietnam War

Nov 1996. 

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Small Press BookMoore, Christopher G.  [authors website]
Comfort Zone

Moore's novel Comfort Zone is supposed to be one off the first novels to be set in Vietnam during the post-war period.  (I don't know the publication date.)  He is a Canadian who lives in Thailand and sets some of his novels in Vietnam.  The website has excerpts from his books.  Per "The Globe and Mail" (Toronto), he is the "Hemingway of Bangkok!"  See for your yourself . . .


Moore, Lt. Gen. Harold G., & Galloway, Joseph L.  [authors' website]
Suggested Reading We Were Soldiers Once and Young: Ia Drang-The Battle that Changed the War in Vietnam             

ARMY 1/7 2/7 CAV, 1965: An extremely well respected dissection of the battle of Ia Drang, fought at LZ X-Ray and LZ Albany. You will find here eyewitness accounts from both sides of the battle. But what impressed me the most was the attempt to identify so many of the participants by name, especially the soldiers who were killed. This battle is also covered in Chickenhawk

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Morgan, Joseph G.
The Vietnam Lobby : The American Friends of Vietnam, 1955-1975

1997. 

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cover Morgan, Paul B.
K-9 Soldiers : Vietnam and After 
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Purple Heart Magazine: As a retired U.S. Army major, former Green Beret, Customs K-9 and Security Specialist, Paul Morgan weaves a series of twenty-four stories from a lifetime of working with man's best friend - the dog. This includes close combat in Vietnam as well as working behind the scenes on America's streets when a child is lost, a disaster strikes, or when some criminal tries to outrun the police. 

Parrot's Beak: U.S. Operations in Cambodia

U.S. Secret Operations in Cambodia. 2001

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Moss, George Donelson
"Vietnam : An American Ordeal"

1997  

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Moyar, Mark
Phoenix and the Birds of Prey : The CIA's Secret Campaign to Destroy the Viet Cong

1997. 

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Murphy, Edward F.
Semper Fi-Vietnam : From Da Nang to the Dmz : Marine Corps Campaigns, 1965-1975

1997 

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Dak To : America's Sky Soldiers in South Vietnam's Central Highlands

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Dak To : The 173d Airborne Brigade in South Vietnam's Central Highlands, June-November 1967

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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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