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Timeline of the Vietnam War: The Ultimate Guide to This Divisive Conflict in American History

by Kevin Dougherty

Eight million tons of bombs dropped. $145 million spent (at 1974 prices). 47,359 U.S. soldiers killed. 900,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong killed. The real cost of Americas involvement in the struggle for Vietnam is staggering. Even today, people in the U.S. and Asia still feel the reverberations of this conflict.The Timeline of the Vietnam Waris a blow-by-blow account of the controversial war. This unique book examines the war as it unfolded, year-by-year, from French Colonial days and early U.S. involvement to the final days of war and its aftermath.
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Fiction Resources

 
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The Ambassador

by Morris L. West

An American ambassador in Vietnam faces a moral and political crisis when he is placed in the position of having to decide the fate of the country and the life or death of its rulers.
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The Black Echo

by Michael Connelly

For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch -- hero, maverick, nighthawk -- the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell. Now, Bosch is about to relive the horror of Nam. From a dangerous maze of blind alleys to a daring criminal heist beneath the city to the torturous link that must be uncovered, his survival instincts will once again be tested to their limit. Joining with an enigmatic and seductive female FBI agent, pitted against enemies inside his own department, Bosch must make the agonizing choice between justice and vengeance, as he tracks down a killer whose true face will shock him.

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Blood Trail: A Novel

by Gary J. Cook

Ben Tails (aka "Mr. Slide") leaves a bloody trail indeed in Cook's gripping tale of a modern warrior's journeys from Montana to Vietnam and other parts of Asia, always returning home, always searching. His skills as hunter and marksman turn him into a deadly sniper, while his Vietnam War experiences leave him disillusioned and aware that he has been manipulated for evil purposes. He stays for years in Asia, where he learns Mandarin and does his best to suppress the violent side of himself he calls Mr. Slide. Tails's core values make him far more interesting than the run-of-the-mill action hero, and when one of the rare people he trusts lures him from Montana to Japan for a simple job selling motorcycles—and sussing out bad guys—Mr. Slide may have to reappear. Tails soon discovers that he's being used as a pawn in a deadly and vicious high stakes game. Graphic violence, penetrating, incisive analysis of complex cultural and historical events and one man's heroic defiance make Cook's long overdue second novel (after 1988's Graveyard Rules) an event to celebrate.
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Bringing Back the Dead

by Joe Domenici

A classic tale of military honor pushed to its outer extreme, and the clash that inevitably occurs when those who use violence to corrupt meet those who use it to protect. Newly retired from the U.S. Army Special Forces, and settling into a quiet retirement in the American Southwest, Ted Hickman thought he'd seen his last battle. Then he picked up the phone. After the horrors of Vietnam, for Larry Yoder, the study of theology made the world make sense again. Until his work as a pastor took him to Belle Glade, Florida, a town built on dark secrets, and run by an old-boy network bent on keeping them buried. Except Yoder knows a few people whose loyalty lies outside Belle Glade's channels of power: like Ted Hickman. Long ago, as a Special Forces soldier in Vietnam, Hickman made a pledge to defend Yoder's life at any cost So when Hickman gets the call that Yoder is missing, it doesn't take much convincing to get him and some of the old Vietnam "A" team on the first plane to Belle Glade, which is located dead in the center of the Florida Everglades, where men with skills honed in the jungles of Southeast Asia might prove useful in getting some answers.
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Indochine: A Epic Novel of Vietnam

by Christie Dickason

 
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Deep Black. Conspiracy

by Stephen Coonts

A secret service agent is dead by apparent suicide, a presidential candidate narrowly escapes assassination, and Desk Three is searching for a chilling connection deep inside the Republic of Vietnam. Charlie Dean, an ex-Marine sniper, is in Vietnam to find the source of some threatening email when he comes face to face with a man he thought he had killed. In the U.S., Deep Black agent Lia DeFrancesca uncovers the trail of a killer in Dean's path.

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Heat Lightning

by John Sandford

Virgil Flowers, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) investigator, returns after Dark of the Moon in this fast-paced thriller. As Minneapolis/St. Paul tightens security for the 2008 Republican National Convention, dead bodies are being posed at local veterans' monuments. BCA Chief Lucas Davenport (last seen in Phantom Prey) assigns Flowers to investigate the assassination-style killings—the victims, all men linked to the last days of the Vietnam War. To learn what exactly these men had in common, Flowers contacts a former 1960s radical and begins romancing the man's Vietnamese daughter. Working with Davenport and his BCA colleagues, Flowers is led on a high-speed chase through the Northwoods that ends in a breathless, pitch-black shoot-out. With his long, blond hair and vintage band T-shirts, outdoorsman Flowers is a disarming and sometimes charming investigator.

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Lost Soldiers

by James H. Webb

Webb's cultural and political portrayal of Vietnam 25 years after the war's end is delivered with such bold strokes and magical detail that it really doesn't matter that the plot itself is relegated to the backseat. This is a highly personal and empathetic look at today's Vietnam, a land of misery and inequity, yet one still vibrantly alive. The story follows the experiences of Brandon Condley, an ex-Marine whose job it is to find missing American soldiers, dead or alive. Condley is trying to track down Theodore Deville, an army grunt who not only deserted his unit in 1969 and killed a fellow serviceman, but then joined the ranks of the enemy. Condley is convinced Deville is still alive. This detailed, lovingly drawn portrait of Vietnam reveals a sad, tortured country that has never recovered from the horrifying events of a quarter-century ago.
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North SAR: a novel of Navy combat pilots in Vietnam

by Gerry Carroll

This impressively detailed and highly suspenseful technothriller is set in 1972, when the carrier pilots flying against North Vietnam and the senior officers who send them out have long since lost any illusions that victory can be reached. What remain are professional pride and fighting man's courage--qualities that lead all ranks to take awesome risks to rescue pilots downed in enemy territory. At the cutting edge are the helicopter crews of North Sea Air Rescue. Lt. Tim Boyle flies a Sea King rescue chopper; his closest friend, Mike Santy, is in charge of an A-7 Corsair. First novelist Carroll, a veteran rescue pilot with extensive Vietnam experience, uses Boyle, Santy and task force commander Rear Admiral Welch to put readers on the flag bridge and the flight deck, and in the ready room and wardroom of the U.S.S. Concord . Deftly manipulating an understated prose, Carroll balances descriptions of strike and rescue missions into the North with an empathetic analysis of command problems at the end of a lost war.
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Time to Hunt

by Stephen Hunter

He is the most dangerous man alive. He only wants to live in peace with his family, and forget the war that nearly killed him... It's not going to happen. Stephen Hunter's epic national bestsellers, "Point of Impact and "Black Light, introduced millions of readers to Bob Lee Swagger, called "Bob the Nailer," a heroic but flawed Vietnam War veteran forced twice to use his skills as a master sniper to defend his life and his honor. Now, in his grandest, most intensely thrilling adventure yet, Bob the Nailer must face his deadliest foe from Vietnam--and his own demons--to save his wife and daughter.

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Tree of Smoke

by Denis Johnson

This is the story of William "Skip" Sands, CIA - engaged in Psychological Operations against the Vietcong - and the disasters that befall him. This is also the story of the Houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert and into a war where the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away. In its vision of human folly, this is a story like nothing in our literature.
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Up Country

by Nelson DeMille

Retired army homicide investigator Paul Brenner is asked by his former commanding officer to investigate a murder that took place in wartime Vietnam. Back in Vietnam, Brenner is plunged into a world of corruption and thrust back into a war that never ended.
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Nonfiction Resources

 
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The Aftermath: 1975-85

by Edward Doyle

The aftermath of the conflict, in both Vietnam and in the United States. Part of the Vietnam Experience series.

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Aircraft of the Vietnam War

by Lou Drendel

A pictoral review of the war's aircraft. Part of the Vietnam Experience series.

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America Takes Over

by Edward Doyle

America's role in Vietnam, 1961-1975. Part of the Vietnam Experience series.

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Americans at War: from the colonial wars to Vietnam

by William J. Koenig

A military history of the United States, from the Revolution through Vietnam.

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Another Vietnam: pictures of the war from the other side

by Tim Page

In this never-before-published collection of images by North Vietnamese photographers, National Geographic presents a stunning new view of the conflict that divided America and shows the humanity of a once-faceless enemy. 160 photos.
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Armored Combat in Vietnam

by Donn A. Starry

History of the Army's armored force in Vietnam. Part of the Vietnam Experience series.
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Brave Men, Gentle Heroes: American fathers and sons in World War II and Vietnam

by Michael Takiff

Brave Men, Gentle Heroes presents the frank, moving, and harrowing stories of men who served in World War II and of their sons who served in Vietnam -- fathers and sons bonded as deeply by their common experience in war as by blood. These are men who served in the army, navy, air force, and Marine Corps. Officers and enlisted men, career servicemen and citizen soldiers. Men of European, African, Asian, Latino, and Native American ancestry. Men who speak with the authentic voices of an Indiana farmer, a Brooklyn bus driver, a Louisiana businessman, a Seattle machinist. The contrasts between World War II and Vietnam are everywhere in these compelling accounts: the clear aims of World War II, the muddled goals of Vietnam; the heroes' welcome accorded World War II veterans, the scorn heaped upon their sons. But the stories in Brave Men, Gentle Heroes are also rich with elements intrinsic to all wars and all soldiers: courage, honor, service, duty, youth, adventure, fear, idealism, love of country and of family, exasperation with military bureaucracy.
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A Collision of Cultures

by Edward Doyle

A look at the cultural clashes experienced by Americans serving in Vietnam. Part of the Vietnam Experience series.

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The Columbia Guide to the Vietnam War

by David L. Anderson

The Vietnam War remains a major point of reference in discussions of U.S. foreign policy and national character. The lessons and legacies of the most divisive event in U.S. history in the twentieth century are hotly debated to this day. Written by a renowned scholar of the conflict, "The Columbia Guide to the Vietnam War" provides students and researchers with the materials to think seriously about the conflict's many paradoxes and ramifications.
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Combat Photographer

by Nick Mills

The experiences of the combat photographer in Vietnam. Part of the Vietnam Experience series.

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A Contagion of War

by Terrence Maitland

Part of the Vietnam Experience series.

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The Fall of the South

by Clark Dougan

Part of the Vietnam Experience series.

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The False Peace, 1972-1974

by Samuel Lipsman

Part of the Vietnam Experience series.

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Fighting for Time

by Samuel Lipsman

Part of the Vietnam Experience series.

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Fire in the Lake: the Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam

by Frances FitzGerald

 
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Flashback: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Suicide, and the Lessons of War

by Penny Coleman

In the early 1970s, Penny Coleman married Daniel O'Donnell, a young Vietnam veteran. It soon became clear to her that Daniel was deeply troubled. Tragically, he ultimately committed suicide. Daniel was suffering from what we now call PTSD. Coleman then embarked on what became an extensive research project into combat-related PTSD and its relationship to veteran suicides. In Flashback, Coleman examines this tragic phenomenon and the ways in which American military government institutions both contributed to the veteran's trauma and failed to respond appropriately.
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Images of War

ed. by Julene Fischer

Part of the Vietnam Experience series.

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A Murder in Wartime: the untold spy story that changed the course of the Vietnam War

by Jeff Stein

In June 1969 a group of Green Beret officers, suspecting that one of their Vietnamese operatives was a double agent, executed him and dropped his weighted body into the ocean off Nha Trang. A dogged investigation by two Army detectives led to their arrest, followed by a hearing to determine whether they would face court-martial. The admitted triggerman, Capt. Robert Marasco, defended the group's action by stating that eliminating Thai Khac Chuyen was no different than eliminating a Vietcong during a search-and-destroy mission. Gen. Creighton Abrams, commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam, didn't see it that way; neither did Army Secretary Stanley Resor. In the end the Army dropped the charges, but the ``Green Beret case'' nevertheless had a significant effect on the conduct of the war: it provoked Daniel Ellsberg to leak the Pentagon Papers. In this skillfully told, engrossing narrative, Stein presents all sides of this controversial case, a veritable metaphor for the ambiguities of the Vietnam War.
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Nineteen Sixty-Eight

by Clark Dougan

Part of the Vietnam Experience series.

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No Peace, No Honor: Nixon, Kissinger, and betrayal in Vietnam

by Larry Berman

In 1973, Henry Kissinger shared the Nobel Peace Prize for the secret negotiations that led to the Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam. Nixon famously declared the 1973 agreement to be "peace with honor"; America was disengaging, yet South Vietnam still stood to fight its own war. Kissinger promptly moved to seal up his personal records of the negotiations, arguing that they are private, not government, records, and that he will only allow them to be unsealed after his death. No Peace, No Honor deploys extraordinary documentary bombshells, including a complete North Vietnamese account of the secret talks, to blow the lid off the true story of the peace process.
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The North

by Edward Doyle

Part of the Vietnam Experience series.

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Passing the Torch

by Edward Doyle

Part of the Vietnam Experience series.

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Rain of Fire: air war, 1969-1973

by John Morrocco

Part of the Vietnam Experience series.

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Raising the Stakes

by Terrence Maitland

Part of the Vietnam Experience series.

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The Secret War Against Hanoi: Kennedy and Johnson's use of spies, saboteurs, and covert warriors in North Vietnam

by Richard H. Shultz

From 1964 to 1972, the United States executed an extremely secret campaign of covert operations against North Vietnam. Controlled by the Pentagon's Special Operations Group, under the cover name "Studies and Observation Group" (SOG), it was the United States' largest and most complex covert operation since World War II. Because it was so highly classified and politically sensitive, once the war was over the story of SOG was buried deep in the vaults of the Pentagon--until Dr. Richard H. Shultz, Jr., one of the world's leading experts on SOG's activities in Southeast Asia, began his impressive investigative research and wide-ranging special interviews.
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Setting the Stage

by Edward Doyle

Part of the Vietnam Experience series.

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Silence was a Weapon: the Vietnam War in the villages, a personal perspective

by Stuart A. Herrington

 
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Song of Saigon: one woman's journey to freedom

by Anh Vu Sawyer

In the spring of 1975, as war spread across South Vietnam and her country stood on the brink of collapse, Anh Vu, a young medical student, faced the most terrifying ordeal of her life. Her only hope was to pray for the seemingly impossible: escape. Here, in vivid and often wrenching detail, Anh tells the dramatic story of how her faith helped her persevere. From the vision that emboldened her to defy a curfew to the chance discovery that kept optimism alive, she recounts how she led her family on a harrowing -- and miraculous -- exodus to freedom. Through her eyes we learn what it's like to be a Vietnamese immigrant in the U.S.: the struggles and triumphs, the rude awakenings, and the unimagined blessings... An extraordinary testament, Song of Saigon shows us that even in the midst of unspeakable tragedy it is possible to find peace and joy within.
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South Vietnam on Trial, mid-1970 to 1972

by David Fulghum

Part of the Vietnam Experience series.

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They Marched into Sunlight: war and peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967

by David Maraniss

Here is the epic story of Vietnam and the sixties told through the events of a few tumultuous days in October 1967. David Maraniss takes the reader on an unforgettable journey to the battlefields of war and peace. With meticulous and captivating detail, They Marched Into Sunlight brings that catastrophic time back to life while examining questions about the meaning of dissent and the official manipulation of truth, issues that are as relevant today as they were decades ago. In a seamless narrative, Maraniss weaves together three very different worlds of that time: the death and heroism of soldiers in Vietnam, the anger and anxiety of antiwar students back home, and the confusion and obfuscating behavior of officials in Washington.
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Thunder from Above: air war, 1941-1968

by John Morrocco

Part of the Vietnam Experience series.

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Tools of War

by Edgar C. Doleman

Part of the Vietnam Experience series.

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Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War

by Douglas Brinkley

Covering more than four decades, Tour of Duty is the definitive account of John Kerry's journey from war to peace. Written by acclaimed historian Douglas Brinkley, this is the first full-scale, intimate account of Kerry's naval career. In writing this riveting narrative, Brinkley has drawn on extensive interviews with virtually everyone who knew Kerry well in Vietnam, including all the men still living who served under him. Kerry also entrusted to Brinkley his letters home from Vietnam and his voluminous "War Notes" -- journals, notebooks, and personal reminiscences written during and shortly after the war.
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Vietnam: [then and now]

by David Tornquist

 

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

by Michael Katakis

 
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Vietnam War Diary  

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Vietnam Warbirds in Action

by Dana Bell

 
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Voices from Vietnam : [eye-witness accounts of the war, 1954-1975]

by Richard Burks Verrone

Between 1965 and 1975, the Vietnam War claimed over 58,000 American lives. Thirty years after its end, the war remains a focal point in the lives of those who served in it and those who protested it. Its long shadow reaches into the twenty-first century as a reminder, a lesson, and a warning.Collected here are the moving and fascinating experiences of the men and women who witnessed and participated in the Vietnam War. From officers, soldiers, pilots, and medics to civilians in America who witnessed the domestic upheaval, these voices give a vivid and poignant insight into the saga that was the Vietnam War.
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Voices from Vietnam

ed. by Michael E. Stevens

An unforgettable collection of 174 letters and diary entries written by 92 Wisconsin men and women who served in Vietnam. Distributed for the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.
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The Wall: images and offerings from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

conceived by Sal Lopes

This volume, to be published on the fifth anniversary of the dedication of the national shrine, includes photographs by freelance photographer Lopes and 16 other photojournalists, and excerpts of letters placed at the wailing wall by families, friends and war buddies of the dead and missing whose names are engraved there``the mystery of death writ in stone 58,132 times.'' This American family album is deeply moving in its simplicity.
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A War Remembered

by Stephen Weiss

Part of the Vietnam Experience series.

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Weapons of the Vietnam War

ed. by Anthony Robinson

 
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Video Recordings

 
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Air America Two renegade pilots are ensnared in the madness of covert operations over Laos during the Vietnam conflict. They lead the crew of AIR AMERICA, a not-so-secret airline that drops everything from live pigs to opium over villages throughout the Vietnamese countryside.

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American Graffiti

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More American Graffiti

American graffiti: Four teenagers come of age on their last summer night before college in 1962.

More American graffiti :The gang from American graffiti are back to explore the impact of the turbulent 60's, a time of crisis, war and social revolt, marking the end of an era of innocence for them. They find themselves in the eye of the storm of the 60's: Vietnam, Haight-Ashbury and the campus peace movement. Features the period's greatest hits by artists like Bob Dylan, Donovan, Simon and Garfunkel, The Byrds and The Doors.

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Apocalypse Now, the complete dossier Inspired by the story: Heart of Darkness / by Joseph Conrad. Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Frederic Forrest. In the Vietnam War, Sheen is an intelligence officer whose mission is to execute the insane Brando. Duvall is the colonel who stages a brutal helicopter raid on a Viet Cong village.
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Born on the Fourth of July Based on the true story of how one man came to terms with the Vietnam War, after he came home in a wheelchair.

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A Bright Shining Lie Something in his past keeps career Army man John Paul Vann from advancing past colonel. He views being sent to Vietnam as part of the US military advisory force a stepping stone to promotion. However, he disagrees vocally (and on the record) with the way the war is being run and is forced to leave the military. Returning to Vietnam as a civilian working with the Army, he comes to despise some South Vietnamese officers while he takes charge of some of the U.S. forces and continues his liaisons with Vietnamese women.

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The Deer Hunter Tracks a group of steelworker pals from a Pennsylvania blast furnace to the coal hunting grounds of the Alleghenies to the lethal cauldron of Vietnam. It is a drama of friendship and courage and of what happens to these qualities under stress.
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Forrest Gump An innocent and slow young man moves through the most important events of this 1960s to 1990s, from integration in Alabama, the Vietnam war, ping pong in China, and a shrimping empire in the South.

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Full Metal Jacket Vietnam war drama which begins with a depiction of the brutality of Marine Corps training and then shifts to Vietnam, focusing mainly on a group of Marines responding to the Tet Offensive of 1968.
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Hamburger Hill Fourteen American soldiers in Vietnam battle for a mud-covered mound of earth that chews up soldiers like meat. They are fighting for their country, their fellow soldiers and their lives. War is hell, but this is worse.
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No Country for Old Men Llewelyn Moss is a Vietnam vet who could use a break. One morning while hunting antelope, he spies several trucks surrounded by dead bodies. He decides to examine the site. He finds a case filled with $2 million and a truck loaded with heroin. Moss takes it with him, tells his wife he's going away for awhile, and hits the road until he can determine his next move. On his the way from El Paso to the Mexican border, he discovers he's being followed by ex-special ops agent Chigurh. Chigurh's weapon of choice is a cattle gun, and he uses it on everyone who gets in his way. Just as Sheriff Bell, a World War II vet, is on Moss's trail, Chigurh's former colleague, Wells, is on his.
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Rambo Vietnam veteran John Rambo has withdrawn into a simple and secluded existence in Thailand. Even though he is looking to avoid trouble, trouble finds him. A group of Christian missionaries approach Rambo with the desire to rent his boat to travel up the river to Burma, which is a war zone. Some of the villagers and missionaries are murdered. The rest are held as captives.
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The Vietnam War with Mike Wallace Originally broadcast as segments of the television program 20th century with Mike Wallace. Chronicles United States' involvement in the Vietnam War and includes news clips, interviews with soldiers and pilots at the time, and present day interviews with survivors and former prisoners of war.

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We Were Soldiers Lt. Col. Hal Moore is the commander of the First Battalion, Seventh Cavalry. As part of the Pleiku Campaign of late 1965, Moore is assigned to action at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, an area known to be overrun by North Vietnamese troops and nicknamed "The Valley of Death". Moore soon finds himself and his men contained to an area about the size of a football field, surrounded by more than 2,000 enemy troops and engaged in the first major battle of the war. Heroism becomes the order of the day as the men refuse to yield, in spite of heavy losses of life.
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Memoirs

 
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Chained Eagle

by Everett Alvarez

Alvarez is well known to students of the Vietnam War as the first pilot taken prisoner in North Vietnam and the longest held. The story of his imprisonment, told in the first person, is intercut with third-person descriptions of the lives of relatives at home trying to endure the uncertainty of his fate at first, and later the long wait before the prisoner release in February 1973. During that time his wife had left him, relatives had died, and the American public had fought the war over the morality of the war. In his cell Alvarez endured starvation and isolation, and after more prisoners arrived, sadistic treatment meant to extract confessions and break the prisoners' wills. Told in a controlled and quiet tone, this story grips the reader in a way no sensational telling could.
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Cracker! the best dog in Vietnam

by Cynthia Kadohata

Cracker is one of the United States Army's most valuable weapons: a German shepherd trained to sniff out bombs, traps, and the enemy. The fate of entire platoons rests on her keen sense of smell. She's a Big Deal, and she likes it that way. Sometimes Cracker remembers when she was younger, and her previous owner would feed her hot dogs and let her sleep in his bed. That was nice, too. Rick Hanski is headed to Vietnam. There, he's going to whip the world and prove to his family and his sergeant-and everyone else who didn't think he was cut out for war-wrong. But sometimes Rick can't help but wonder that maybe everyone else is right. Maybe he should have just stayed at home and worked in his dad's hardware store. When Cracker is paired with Rick, she isn't so sure about this new owner. He's going to have to prove himself to her before she's going to prove herself to him. They need to be friends before they can be a team, and they have to be a team if they want to get home alive.
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Faith of My Fathers

by John McCain

John McCain is one of the most admired leaders in the United States government, but his deeply felt memoir of family and war is not a political one and ends before his election to Congress. John McCain learned about life and honor from his grandfather and father, both four-star admirals in the U.S. Navy. This is a memoir about their lives, their heroism, and the ways that sons are shaped and enriched by their fathers.

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Flashbacks: on returning to Vietnam

by Morley Safer

CBS reporter Morley Safer brought Vietnam into our living rooms. Twenty-five years later, Safer returns to Vietnam for a compelling look back at the war and the legacy it left in that fateful land. Vivid and powerfully written, Flashbacks is Morley Safer's unique exploration of Vietnam, past and present. It is a seasoned newsman's moving portrait of a time and place none of us can forget.
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Goodbye Vietnam

by Robert W. Wood

This collection of fictional remembrances of a Marine during the Vietnam conflict is told in a series of short pieces that describe the particular horrors of this war through one man's eyes. From "The Gift, " a story about boot camp and his love-hate for the drill sergeant, to "Zelda Waiting, " which finds him leaving Vietnam "packed in the back of a truck with all our paraphernalia and our travel brochures, " these vignettes take the reader into the dark world of this war. The absurdity of this time is profiled in "Today's Spectators, " in which an argument between two South Vietnamese factions plays out like a football game while the Americans eat peanuts and popcorn and watch a fighter plane strafe a convoy of trucks and tanks: "This is a movie. I knew it, I knew it all along." Reminiscent of Apocalypse Now in its treatment of meaninglessness and truthfulness, this book puts the reader square in the middle of a time and a place that even now remains so controversial.
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The Grunts and Vietnam: the other war

by Charles R. Anderson

This edition is a republican of the Grunts, originally published in 1976, and Vietnam: the other war, originally published in 1982.
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In Retrospect: the tragedy and lessons of Vietnam

by Robert S. McNamara

McNamara, Secretary of Defense from 1961 to 1967 under both presidents Kennedy and Johnson, has remained silent about U.S. policy toward Vietnam until now. This memoir reveals a decent, loyal, and able man who struggled to remain loyal to the president and yet to get the United States out of Vietnam. When McNamara left office, 15,979 Americans had been killed in Viet Nam; by the time the United States left Vietnam, the number stood at over 58,000. McNamara's recollections are put to rigorous testing by his junior author, VanDeMark, who checked them against the now-declassified written and taped records of the period. Publicly perceived as a "hawk," McNamara documents his attempts from 1966 on to find a way for the United States to exit from the war. The culmination of his effort is a May 19, 1967 memorandum to LBJ, calling for U.S. withdrawal. President Johnson never sent a reply. McNamara reveals that "I do not know to this day, whether I quit or was fired." At any rate, McNamara left the Pentagon to begin a successul ten-year term as president of the World Bank. In looking back, he holds that "we sought to do the right thing...but in my judgment hindsight proved us wrong."
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The Last Battle: the Mayaguez incident and the end of the Vietnam war

by Ralph Wetterhahn

Wetterhahn (a former U.S. Air Force pilot and Vietnam veteran) recounts the events surrounding the hijacking and failed rescue of the S.S. Mayaguez. Drawing from his visits to the scene of the battle, interviews with Khmer Rouge soldiers, and a review of the historical record, he describes the military blunders characterizing the effort, and argues that three marines were left behind by their commanders.
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The Latehomecomer: a Hmong family memoir

by Kao Kalia Yang

In search of a place to call home, thousands of Hmong families made the journey from the war-torn jungles of Laos to the overcrowded refugee camps of Thailand and onward to America, but their history remains largely unknown. Driven to share her family's story after her grandmother's death, Kao Kalia Yang's memoir is a tribute to the remarkable woman whose spirit held them all together.Born in Thailand's Ban Vinai Refugee Camp, Yang immigrated to St. Paul, Minnesota when she was only six years old. With a journalist's heart for truth and a storyteller's gift for lyricism, Yang describes her family's harrowing escape from Laos, their life in the refugee camps, the hardships and great joy of caring for a growing family in a new land, and her own experiences with American life and learning.Through this moving, intimate portrait of a family, she also gives voice to the dreams, wisdom, and traditions passed down from her grandmother and shared by an entire community.
959.704 YANG
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04-Jan-2009