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Page, Tim
Tim Page's Nam

Tim Page was a photographer in Vietnam, and was badly wounded. His photographs reflect the chances he took. If you can find his memoir, "Page After Page", which is out of print here, it is very strange reading. That book is a good companion piece to "Dispatches" as he was close to Michael Herr. He lives in Saigon and has a more recent book on his return which I have not read. 

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Derailed in Uncle Ho's Victory Garden  

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Page, Tim & Horst Faas
    Vietnam Indochina Photo Requiem : Images from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos Remembered

Here is a rather pricey book by the two most famous photographers of the war, neither of whom were American. However the book is not their photographs, but the last pictures taken by photographers killed in Southeast Asia. I saw an exhibit of some of the photographs in the book and can recommend this highly, but it is difficult.  1997. 

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Palmer Jr., Bruce
The 25-Year War : America's Military Role in Vietnam

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Suggested Reading Palmer, Laura [author's website]

War Torn: Stories of War from the Women Reporters who Covered Vietnam (edited by Jurate Kazickas - Laura Palmer is a contributor to the book)

Inspired by a conference which reunited many of these pioneering women.  Nine women reporters recount what their war in Vietnam was like: Tad Bartimus, Denby Fawcett, Ann Mariane, Jurate Kazickas, Kate Webb, Laura Palmer, Edith Lederer, Anne Merick and Tracy Wood 

From the Back Cover:  “This book is about our experiences as women reporters covering the Vietnam War from 1966 until the fall of Saigon, in 1975. Each of us has written a chapter about what we saw and felt in Indochina—our adventures, fears, excitement, and the difficulties and loneliness."

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Shrapnel in the Heart : Letters and Remembrance from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Here is a collection of letters, essays, journals, and recollections that has made many a non-vet realize the great loss behind each name on the Wall.   I put this book at the top of anyone's reading list. In fact you could say it changed my life. Before seeing an dramatization of the book, I had not read anything on Vietnam and had no interest in the subject --sound familiar?  

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Pakis, Vic
Immigrant Soldier : From the Baltics to Vietnam

Memoir of author's family's emigration from Latvia to his service in Vietnam

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Parker, James E.
Last Man Out : A Personal Account of the Vietnam War

Published March 1997. The author was an army lieutenant 1965-66, and eventually became a CIA operative. His first memoir was "Codename Mule, Fighting the Secret War in Laos for the CIA" 

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Peters, Bill
First Force Recon Company : Sunrise at Midnight

1st Force Marine Recon.  Amazon says: "From the DMZ to the Central Highlands, their job was to provide strategic and operational intelligence to ensure the security of American units as the withdrawal of the troops progressed. Peter's accounts of silently watching huge movements of heavily armed NVA regulars, prisoner snatches, sudden-death ambushes, and extracts from fiercely fought firefights vividly capture the realities of Recon Marine warfare . . ."

Peterson, Michael E.
Combined Action Platoons : The U.S. Marines Other War in Vietnam

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Phillips, William R.
Night of the Silver Stars : The Battle of Lang Vei (Special Warfare Series)

1997 

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Pilon, Charles
Bridging the Gap : Twenty Years After the War in Vietnam

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Plumb, Charlie
    I'm No Hero

As recommended by a visitor here:  Charlie was a Navy pilot shot down in May, 1967 and not released until February, 1973.  His story is remarkably free of bitterness and describes ways they worked to establish communication and maintain morale during their long captivity.  He alludes to, but does not describe, the torture endured by the POWs.  

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    Last Domino

June 1975 makes this an early memoir, if that is what this is.  It is the cheapest hardback you will find at $7.95.  That's a 1975 price!  

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Plaster, John L.
Sog : The Secret Wars of America's Commandos in Vietnam

Jan 1997. 

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Book Jacket Powell, Mary Reynolds
A World of Hurt : Between Innocence and Arrogance in Vietnam

A very good account by a nurse in Vietnam (Long Binh) in 1970.  This was not the same as pre-Tet Vietnam and is a valuable addition to the literature of the war.  Here you read about a wearying patient load due in part to drug overdoses. 

Powell includes the stories of seven of her friends, among them a dustoff helicopter pilot, an infantry captain, a Vietnamese aide, a drug counselor, and an emergency room nurse, who were with her in Vietnam.  April 2000  

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Powell, Larry
Hunger of the Heart : Communion at the Wall

Photographs taken at the Wall. Published July 1996. Larry is a dedicated chronicler of visitors to the Wall and you will find him there every Veteran's Day as well as at other times. 

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Prados, John
The Trail : Fulcrum of the Vietnam War

Sep 1998 

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Pratt, John Clark
Vietnam Voices : Perspectives on the War Years, 1941-1982

Dec 1998  

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Prochnau, William [review]
Once upon a Distant War : Young War Correspondents and the Early Vietnam Battles

It is one of the many sad legacies of the war that the reporters are remembered as being disloyal to their country.  Their role seems to me to be more like Cassandra, gifted with the ability to see the future, but cursed in that no one would believe her. A command structure closer to politicians than to the soldiers in the field, that inflated body counts and distorted negative after action reports, would necessarily be at odds with journalists who had a closer view of the war than they did.  

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  smallpress.jpg (2364 bytes) Pterodactyl Index [website]

Per the website: Fiction and Non-Fiction Military Books, Music and Other Sound Recording Albums, CDs and Tapes, Military Artwork and Other Undistributed Stuff by Military Vets  This is an admirable effort to market small press publications by veterans of all wars.


Puller, Lewis B.
Fortunate Son : The Autobiography of Lewis B. Puller, Jr.

This ironically titled autobiography is very popular. I didn't like it that much, but I seem to be the exception.  

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My Vietnam Related Websites:
button Women in Vietnam ~ Read about ALL the women who served . . .
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
button Shrapnel in the Heart ~ The most moving book you will read on Vietnam
button All About Vietnam    ~ An annotated bibliography of books about Vietnam for sale thru Amazon Worldwide!
button Battle Dressing ~
button Project Hearts and Minds ~ Help put Viet Nam back together
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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