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Wade, Leign
Assault on Dak Pek : A Special Forces A-Team in Combat, 1970

A reader reccomends: A remarkable story from a first hand view and experience of Special Forces. You are there as you read it.  

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

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

May 1998 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

Walker, Keith
A Piece of My Heart

A collection of interviews with women who were in Vietnam.  I saw a stage production which was very effective. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

Ward, Joseph T.
Dear Mom : A Sniper's Vietnam

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

Warner, Roger
Back Fire : The Cia's Secret War in Laos and Its Link to the War in Vietnam

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

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. "May 1997. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

 

Watts, Holley J.
Who Knew?  . . . Reflections on Vietnam

Small Press BookThis is a quirky memoir with pithy paragraphs describing a Donut Dolly's tour of Vietnam.  She describes the Clubmobile, dangerous trips via road and encounters with two alien cultures - the military at war and Southeast Asia.  The book is in an attractive format and is well illustrated with excellent photographs she took during her 1966-67 tour.

"Who Knew?..." is being used as part of the Jr/Sr class English curriculum at James Madison University  on the literature of Vietnam . Longwood   University , Mary Baldwin College and The Virginia Festival of the Book have requested copies for their review as well as faculty members at the Universities of Southern Mississippi and California , Santa Cruz . 

Books may be purchased through the author's website


Webster, Donovan
Aftermath : The Remnants of War

Sep 1996. This book has one chapter on Vietnam. The author visited there to see what harm is still being done by munitions left behind. That is the theme of the book, which starts with a chapter on the "iron harvest," the shells left behind after WWI. I recently visited the Verdun battlefield and saw the vast forest area that is still marked off limits and walked some very sobering landscape. Every chapter held my interest. Webster even visited the vast fields of unburied German soldiers left after the battle of Stalingrad. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

 

Welch, Bob
American Nightingale : The Story of Frances Slanger, Forgotten Heroine of Normandy

 

OK, so why am I featuring a WWII book?  Because this book is too good for you to miss.  This author is a very good writer and a fantastic researcher.  Through coincidence, luck and hard work he has unearthed the forgotten story of a nurse killed after the D-Day landings.

I suggest this book to anyone who wants to know about nursing in combat conditions but it is also important as the story of a Jewish woman who pursued her nursing career over the objections of her family and of society and even the military.  The author has put his heart into this book and it shows and when a work is this well written and researched, that sort of commitment should be honored.

United States United Kingdom Germany France
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Canada  In Spanish Japan  
[hardback]   [hardback]  

 

West, Richard
War and Peace in Vietnam

Dec 1996. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

 

Westheider, James E.
Fighting on Two Fronts : African Americans and the Vietnam War

March 1997. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

Wetterling , J.D.  [author's website]
Son of Thunder

A novel about a top gun F-100 pilot.  It is not autobiographical, but the author was a fighter pilot in Vietnam.  The story is set in 1968 and a romance with a nurse is part of the story.  The Amazon reader comments are quite positive.  A surprising number of books never get any comments, so it is quite a compliment. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

[hardback] [hardback]   

Whelchel, Toshio
From Pearl Harbor to Saigon : Japanese American Soldiers and the Vietnam War

Interviews with Japanese-American Vietnam veterans. June 1999

Whitcomb, Darrel D.
The Rescue of Bat 21

This is the true story of "Bat 21."  It was written for gullible people like me who got to the last page of the novel Bat 21 before discovering it was fiction.

White, Helen

"What I Wanted to Do"

Lipstick and a Smile: One Nam Nurse Story

This is a very unusual and accomplished art book by a woman who served in Vietnam.   She has a style she terms "US Expressionism."  (One of her paintings is in the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum.)

The quality of the reproductions in the book is very good.  Each painting is accompanied by a paragraph musing about the inspiration for that particular piece.  Like any work about Vietnam that tells the truth, this is a difficult book.  I highly recommend it.  


Order from  Caveners at 1-888-672-6656
or email greg@caveners.net

I think this is an important book. There are very few artists that have published books dealing with Vietnam.

 

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White, Ellen Emerson   [bibliography]
The Road Home

March 1995. This is a wonderful novel about an Army nurse who served during Tet and her return home. I think the author has done her research and it is extremely realistic reading.  It "fits" with what I have heard from women who were there.

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

Here is a review from Amazon that I could have written:
"I read this book two years ago and I liked it enough to not only remember it but to sit down and write a review for it. The Road Home is typically billed as a children's book; it isn't, not by a long shot. No matter how old you are, you'd have to be made of stone not to be affected by this book. Ellen White tells a story of the war in Vietnam as it was. She doesn't mince words and she doesn't turn the war into something wonderful and glory-filled. War is nothing short of hell, and you'll know that when you finish this book. After I read this, I had a new, deep respect for the soldiers that fought in Vietnam. I thought that every politician in the world needed to read this book - then maybe they would think twice about sending soldiers to war. Read this book. It deserves to be read. "


Whitmore, Terry and Richard P. Weber
Memphis-Nam-Sweden : The Story of a Black Deserter

March 1997. 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

 

Small Press Book Wildwind, Sharon [website]
Dreams That Blister Sleep 

From the press release:

The book takes the form for a daily journal interjected with photographs she took herself and developed in an x-ray darkroom on site.

"My job is to keep solders alive from the Emergency Room to the door of the Surgery. My war is fifty feet of blue corridor," she wrote early in her tour of duty. "There is no going back to who I was before I came here. I don’t expect anyone back in the world to understand… I can’t afford to think about going home yet. It’s too far away. There are too many days and nights before I climb on the freedom bird." 

United States United Kingdom Germany France
[paperback]      
Canada  In Spanish Japan Austria
[paperback]      

 

Small Press Book Williams, Jean
Guinea Pigs of Vietnam

Jean Williams
Homecoming Publications
186 Coes Creek Road
Nambour, Queensland, Australia


Williams, William Appleman
America in Vietnam : A Documentary History

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

Willson, David
REMF Diary : A Novel of the Vietnam War Zone

This book is hysterical.  It tells a side of the war that must be very familiar to many -- if they would admit it! 1988  

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

The REMF Returns

May 1992 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

In the Army Now

Nov. 1995  

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

Winebrenner,Jan and Sam Johnson
Captive Warriors : A Vietnam Pow's Story

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

Winters,Francis X.
The Year of the Hare : America in Vietnam, January 25, 1963-February 15, 1964

June 1997 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardback]

     

Wittman, Sandra
Writing About Vietnam : A Bibliography of the Literature of the Vietnam Conflict

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[hardcover]

     

  Small Press Book

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

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!!"  Sep 1998 [hardcovers+video+CD] (Big discount if you buy direct from the website above.)


Small Press Woodall, Phil
Rhymer in the Sunset : A Poetic Perspective of the Vietnam Experience

Per the poet: My rhymes depict the American citizen soldier who have fought for this country bravely, reluctantly and fiercely since the birth of our nation. Soldiers are like all Americans, short, tall, black, white, Hispanic, male, female, good, evil, greedy and kind. Maybe some day war can be eradicated from the human experience but since the beginning of time, no cure has yet be found. There continues to be a need then in the words of Stephen Vincent Benet to "unriddle the doubtful scrawl of war and courage and love and death." I hope Rhymer in the Sunset can help unriddle the scrawl a little.

Phil was with the 101st Airborne during Tet.  1999

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]

     

Woods, Randall Bennett
"J. William Fulbright and Vietnam"

Dec 1997 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]  
[hardback]

     

Wolff, Tobias
In Pharaoh's Army : Memories of the Lost War 
[review]

I liked this extremely well received book about an "advisor." 

United States United Kingdom Germany France

[paperback]  

 [paperback]    

His prior memoir "This Boy's Life : A Memoir", which does not touch on Vietnam, was a wonderful book.  [paperback]   Tobias Wolff grew up with his mother after his parents divorced. Strangely enough, his brother,Geoffrey Wolff, who stayed with the father has also written a book,"The Duke of Deception : Memories of My Father". The book also got very good reviews.   [paperback]   If you are really interested in thoroughly exploring Tobias Wolff, here is an   [audio cassette] interview.


Small Press Wray, Clyde [author's website]
Sonnets for Lovers and Strangers

Pub. 1998, $12.95 from:

Poetry For Your Ear Publishing
16350 Ventura Boulevard
Suite 276
Encino, California 91436
818 981-7161

Cause Everybody Ain't a Hero

Pub. 1997, $14.95 from the above address

The next best thing to hearing Clyde Wray read his poems is to buy his book and read them for yourself!


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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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