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Non-fiction of the Vietnam War

Hundreds of books have been published, recording for posterity both research and commentary about the conflicts in Vietnam. Many are dry, scholarly tomes, while others are little more than muck-raking rags. And it can sometimes be difficult to separate the writer's personal agenda from the facts of the matter.

Shown below, with links to more information about them at Amazon.com, are several texts that are both readable and informative. Most have stood the test of time as to their accuracy and thoroughness. In combination, these will provide a solid context for understanding what happened there -- and perhaps for seeing how things could have turned out differently, "if only..."

Click to buy at Amazon.con Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered From All Sides (2003)
Christian Appy

Click to buy at Amazon.con The Long Gray Line (1989)
Rick Atkinson

Click to buy at Amazon.con A Rumor of War (1977)
Philip Caputo

Click to buy at Amazon.con Hell in a Very Small Place (1966)
Bernard Fall

Click to buy at Amazon.con Street Without Joy (1961)
Bernard Fall

Click to buy at Amazon.con Fire in the Lake (1973)
Frances FitzGerald

Click to buy at Amazon.con About Face (1990)
David Hackworth

Click to buy at Amazon.con Steel My Soldiers' Hearts (2002)
David Hackworth

Click to buy at Amazon.con The Best and the Brightest (1972)
David Halberstam

Click to buy at Amazon.con Soldier (1973)
Anthony Herbert

Click to buy at Amazon.con Dispatches (1991)
Michael Herr

Click to buy at Amazon.con Vietnam: A History (1983)
Stanley Karnow

Click to buy at Amazon.con Vietnam, Now (2002)
David Lamb

Click to buy at Amazon.con We Were Soldiers Once...and Young (1993)
Harold Moore

Click to buy at Amazon.con Fortunate Son (1991)
Lewis Puller, Jr.

Click to buy at Amazon.con Air America (1979)
Christopher Robbins

Click to buy at Amazon.con Everything We Had (1981)
Al Santoli

Click to buy at Amazon.con A Bright Shining Lie (1988)
Neil Sheehan

Click to buy at Amazon.con Vietnam Order of Battle (1981)
Shelby Stanton

Click to buy at Amazon.con Historical Atlas of the Vietnam War (1995)
Harry G. Summers

Click to buy at Amazon.con The Vietnam War Almanac (1985)
Harry G. Summers

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