Order Books About Vietnam

A B C D E F G H J K L M N O P R S T V W Y Z
Videos Music By Service Branch Incountry Women Poetry
Air Force Army Marines Navy

Buy from Amazon Worldwide!

bestsellers-new.gif (4549 bytes) Get my periodic newsletter detailing new books by entering your e-mail in the box below:

~Air Force~

Anton, Frank
Why Didn't You Get Me Out? : The Story of Vietnam's Longest Held P.O.W.

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

Boyle, Jerome M.
Apache Sunrise

Memoir by an Apache Troop's Cobra pilot. [hardback]


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

1997

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

Vaughn, David K.
Runway Visions : An American C-130 Pilot's Memoir of Combat Airlift Operations in Southeast Asia

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     
~Army~

Atkinson, Rick
The Long Gray Line

OFFICERS: An interesting story of the first class at West Point that knew Vietnam was on their post-graduation orders. Thirty officers from the class of 1966 died in the war. The author follows the lives and careers of several classmates and it is a mournful story. Quite a bit of the book deals with the building of the Wall and I suspect a certain third party presidential candidate would just as soon have his part in it forgotten! 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

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  

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

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. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

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

1995  

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

Carlock, Chuck
Firebirds : The Best First Person Account of Helicopter Combat in Vietnam Ever Written

This immodestly titled book is an account by a pilot who was with the 71st Assault Helicopter Company. I have it, it looks pretty good, but I haven't read it yet. 1997

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]
[hardback]

     

Crouchet, Jack
Vietnam Stories : A Judge's Memoir

This is about court martials apparently. 1997

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

French, Albert
Patches of Fire : A Story of War and Redemption

This memoir about a grunt looks very intriguing.  I have it in my library on my "soon to read" bookshelf. One of the few memoirs by an African American veteran.  1997  

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

Groom, Winston
Better Times Than These

First novel (I think) by the author of Forrest Gump. The author is a veteran. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

Hayes, Roger S.
On Point : A Rifleman's Year in the Boonies : Vietnam 1967-1968

He served with mechanized infantry (i.e., mounted in M-113 armored personnel carriers) in the 25th Infantry Division.  His year included Tet.


Hemphill, Robert   and Joseph L. Galloway, Pia S., Ph.d. Seagrave
Platoon Bravo Company

BRAVO CO. 3RD BT 25TH INF: The movie "Platoon" is about Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Infantry Division.  One of the authors of this book was captain of that platoon.  1998   

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardcover]

     

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

101ST: 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]

     

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

101ST: 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 2]
[Volume 3]

     

McDonough, James
Platoon Leader

173rd AIRBORNE BRIGADE: Non-fiction  1996

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

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

BIG RED ONE: The author was a scout pilot in the Big Red One Presideo 921993

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

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  

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  

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]  
[audio abridged ] 

[paperback] 
[audio abridged]
   

0140072187_m.gif (6515 bytes)

Mason, Robert
topten.gif (2181 bytes) Chickenhawk

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 . . .

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]  

[paperback]    

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.

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

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! 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]
[Volume 1]
[Volume 3]

     

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

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

O'Brien, Tim [author's website]

If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home

ARMY, 3rd Platoon, A Co., 5th Batt. 46th Inf., 1969-70: O'Brien's 1973 memoir of his Vietnam service covers his tour to Vietnam as a combat infantryman with the Americal Division in the region around My Lai, from 1969-70. It is one of the earliest books about Vietnam by a combatant. It is a very clear eyed, gripping account of his war. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France
[paperback] [paperback]

[hardback]

[paperback] [paperback]

Going After Cacciato

1978, Tim O'Brien's second novel won the National Book Award. It is the tale of a soldier who decides to run away from the Vietnam War. It is a complex book, which repays careful reading. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France
[paperback] [paperback]  [paperback] [paperback]

[A la poursuite de Cacciato]

Northern Lights

1975 This is Tim O'Brien's first published novel. It is not in print and is difficult to find. The book is an account of two brothers in rural Minnesota. One brother returns from the war wounded, but both brothers are at loose ends and uncomfortable with each other, themselves, their lives, and their relationships, particularly with their late father.

United States United Kingdom Germany France
[paperback] [paperback] [paperback]  [paperback]

Nuclear Age

1985.  This novel takes a look at how you would live your life if you were always cognizant of, and worried by, the threat of extinction in a nuclear war. O'Brien treats this subject very seriously, but the book is written in a comic style. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France
[paperback] [paperback]  [paperback]

Suggested Reading The Things They Carried

1990 A gripping series of Vietnam stories gathered in a format of O'Brien's devising. It is not a collection of short stories, but it is not one story with a beginning and an ending. It is perhaps closest to listening to a soldier storyteller over a long period time. While you listen to his stories, you hear a bit of his personal life; he uses repetition of events and certain phrases to reinforce familiarity with the tales. Closing the book you believe you know the narrator very well. Attempting to further confuse fiction with non-fiction, Tim O'Brien gave his storyteller the name "Tim O'Brien." 

United States United Kingdom Germany France
[paperback]
[cliff notes]
[paperback] [paperback] [paperback]
[A propos de courage]

In the Lake of the Woods

1994 If you thought you knew "Tim O'Brien" after reading his last novel, now he tells you that it could all be illusion. The hero of this novel, John Wade, thinks he has erased his presence at the My Lai massacre. It isn't part of the stories he tells his wife or a part of his senate campaign. When the truth comes out, his wife finds out she doesn't know the man she married. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France
[paperback] [paperback] [paperback] [paperback]

[Au lac des Bois]

Tomcat in Love

A comic novel about a professor out to exact revenge on his ex-wife.  Like all of his novels, this is unlike his other work in some important way.  With this novel, it is the tone that is different.  The main character is a Vietnam veteran.  A very funny book.  

United States United Kingdom Germany France
[hardback]

[paperback]

[hardback]

[paperback]

[hardback]

[paperback]

[paperback]

[Matou amoureux]

Heinemann, Larry~online interview
Paco's Story

ARMY 25th DIV (AUTHOR): A well known, quite slim, novel, slight only in size. Paco is sort of a living ghost returned to "the world" but not of it and the character remained with me, in that when I see the book or something reminds me of it, I stop to think about Paco and where he might be . . . 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]
[audio abridged]

     

Ketwig, John
And a Hard Rain Fell : A Gi's True Story of the War in Vietnam

ARMY -CENTRAL HIGHLANDS, 1967: I really like this book. The author arrived in Vietnam in Sept. 1967 and was an army truck mechanic in Pleiku. This is a good book to give someone who thinks if you weren't in the infantry, you weren't in combat. Like so many Vietnam memoirs, the book follows the author's life after Vietnam. 
United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

Smith, Tom
Easy Target : The Long, Strange Trip of a Scout Pilot in Vietnam

Published September 1996. I am told this book is quite good. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardcover]

     

Smith, Winnie
American Daughter Gone to War: On the Front Lines With an Army Nurse in Vietnam

NURSE: One of a handful of books by a women who were nurses in Vietnam. Written from the perspective of a decade later, it is a hard book to put down. This is one you need to read.

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

Tripp, Nathaniel
Father, Soldier, Son : Memoir of a Platoon Leader in Vietnam

Published January 1997. 1st Infantry Division platoon leader 1968. This is a story not just of Vietnam, but of the author's life before and after. It got good reviews, but I haven't read it. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

Van Devanter, Lynda
Home Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam 

NURSE: A nurse's story. This is the book that made people realize there are women veteran's too and they saw very rugged service. If you are trying to understand the war, this book needs to be on your list. Like so many memoirs of the war, the trip home is in the middle of the book, not on the last page.

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]  

     

Walker, James W.
"Fortune Favors the Bold : A British LRP With the 101st"

1998  

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

 


  Small Press Book

Wizard, Brian
Brian Wizard's Twentieth Century Anthology [author's website]

145th COMBAT AVIATION BATTALION  This must be the must unusual item on this website.  Per the author : "Five novels, a video documentary and an eleven-song music CD . . . includes  the amazing Thunderhawk video documentary ,which is composed of actual combat footage found in the first novel, Permission to Kill."    From his website guest book:  " I was a Nurse in Viet Nam 69-70 and 70-71. I have Brian's Anthology. and am 3/4 of the way through his first book, "Permission to Kill". If his other books are anything like this one, I urge Everyone to read them all! Brian has captured the reality of the fears, the dangers the shame, and the highs that we all experienced in Viet Nam at such a young age. His total honesty is refreshing. He is a true artist in the way he paints a verbal and emotional picture with his words.  Much Success, Brian! Welcome Home!!"  1998 [hardcovers+video+CD] (Big discount if you buy direct from the website above.)

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

1998 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

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. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

Culbertson, John J.
Operation Tuscaloosa : 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, at an Hoa, 1967

1997 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

Ehrhart, W.D.
Vietnam-Perkasie : A Combat Marine Memoir

1983 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]  

[paperback]    

Busted : A Vietnam Veteran in Nixon's America  

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardcover]

     

Passing Time : Memoir of a Vietnam Veteran Against the War

Sequel to "Vietnam-Perkasie" 1986

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

Going Back : A Poet Who Was One-A Marine Returns to Vietnam  

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

Going Back : An Ex-Marine Returns to Vietnam

I am a little confused about the titles here. The listing above has a similar title, but is cheaper. They may be the same book . . . 1987

United States United Kingdom Germany France
[paperback]      

Goodson, Barry L.
Cap Mot : A Marine Special Forces Unit in Vietnam, 1968-1969 (War and the Southwest Series , No 5)

1997

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

Small Press BookHelms, Michael
The Proud Bastards

Author Keith William Nolan said of it: "The best grunt-level, tell-it-like-it-was work I've read. Captures the tedium the language, the the realities of Vietnam. The Proud Bastards is a classic."

Order from the Michael Helm's Karmicheal Press.


Henderson, Charles W.
Marshalling the Faithful : The Marines' First Year in Vietnam

1997

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

Hodgins, Michael C.
Reluctant Warrior : A Marine's True Story of Duty and Heroism in Vietnam

Commander of a Marine reconnaissance platoon in I Corps late in the war. 1997

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]
[hardback]  

     

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

1998  [hardback]


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

1997

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

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

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

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

This ironically titled autobiography is very popular.

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

Small Press  Rodriguez, Michael [purchase from the author's website]
Humidity Moon

A collection of short stories detailing the lives of Marine combat infantrymen.   Rodriguez served as a rifleman with the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam from 1966 through 1967.  Highly recommended!


Stoffey, Bob
Cleared Hot! : A Marine Combat Pilot's Vietnam Diary

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

Sympson, Kenneth P.  [Author's website]  [Photo gallery]
Images from the Otherland : Memoir of a United States Marine Corps Artillery Officer in Vietnam

General P.X. Kelley notes in his foreword to the book, "Because of its elatively short duration, Operation Texas has never been given its rightful place in history.  For those who were there on March 21, 1966, however, it is a day they shall always remember. In the words of Major Ernie DeFazio, who was my executive officer at the time and who had landed on the beach at Iwo Jima as a young enlisted marine over two decades before, 'Texas was the longest and toughest day of my life.'"  While in Vietnam, the author participated in numerous operations, including Starlite (August 18-24, 1965), Piranha (September 7-10, 1965), Double Eagle I (January 28-February 19, 1966), Utah (March 4-7, 1966), and Texas (March 20-25, 1966).   1995  

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

[paperback]     

Trotti, John
Phantom over Vietnam : Fighter Pilot, USMC

1996.

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

Van Zanten, William
Don't Bunch Up : One Marine's Story and Some Notable Exceptions

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

Vetter, Lawrence C., Jr.
Never Without Heroes : Marine Third Reconnaissance Battalion in Vietnam, 1965-70
1996  

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]  

     

Warr, Nicholas
Phase Line Green : The Battle for Hue, 1968

1st Batt., 5th Marines.  An Amazon cusotmer says "I was interested since I was over there at the time and around the area and knew people in Hue at the time. It starts slow but then the author takes you in the streets. Hes real honest about his own fears, shortcomings and feelings. He does tell this like it was and I applaud him for that. Should be a must read on the war. "  1997

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

 


smallpress.jpg (2364 bytes) Bryant, Jimmy R.  [authors website]
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.  

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

Cummings, Dennis J. ed.
The Men Behind the Trident : Seal Team One in Vietnam (Special Warfare Series)

1997  

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]
[hardback] 

     

Fawcett, Bill (Editor)
Hunters and Shooters : An Oral History of the U.S. Navy Seals in Vietnam

1996  

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]  

     

backward.gif (956 bytes)PREVIOUS PAGE

TOP OF THE PAGE

NEXT PAGENext Page-->

What does Suggested Reading mean?  It is just my very subjective list of the top ten books to read about the Vietnam War.  I list them here.

United States

Search:
Keywords:

United Kingdom

Search:
Keywords:

Germany

Schnellsuche
Suchbegriff

France

Rechercher :
Mots-clés :

Still can't find it?  Try Battleground Books
Used books and scarce first editions at reasonable prices.

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!

illyria.gif (1225 bytes)
Page last updated July 18, 2007

Suggest additions to