Saturday, August 21, 2010

Vietnam War Reading

Every time Dr. Jones teaches his Vietnam War class, I get several requests from other grad students about what their options are for his book review assignments (they should really ask his PhD candidate Becky).  Each year I give them a basic list based on their preferences, but this time around, I'm going for a  master list that covers a little bit of everything.

Here's what I have so far, and it is by no means exhaustive, just what I have here in Tuscaloosa:

  1. Bing West, The Village
  2. Harold Moore and Joseph Galloway, We Were Soldiers Once... And Young
  3. Bernard Fall, Hell in a Very Small Place
  4. Bernard Fall, Street Without Joy
  5. Frances Fitzgerald, Fire in the Lake
  6. Stanley Karnow, Vietnam: A History
  7. John Nagl, Learning to Eat Soup With a Knife
  8. Philip Caputo, A Rumor of War
  9. Neil Sheehan, A Bright Shining Lie
  10. William Duiker, Ho Chi Minh: A life
  11. Rick Newman and Don Shepperd, Bury Us Upside Down
  12. Tom Mangold and John Penycate, The Tunnels of Cu Chi
  13. H.R. McMaster, Dereliction of Duty
  14. James Olson and Randy Roberts, Where the Domino Fell
  15. Truong Nhu Tang, A Viet Cong Memoir
  16. William Duiker, Sacred War: Nationalism and Revolution in a Divided Vietnam
  17. Mark Moyar, A Triumph Forsaken
  18. David Anderson, Facing My Lai: Moving Beyond the Massacre
  19. Kendrick Oliver, The My Lai Massacre in American History and Memory
  20. James R. Ebert, A Life in a Year: The American Infantryman in Vietnam, 1965-1972
  21. Deborah Nelson, The War Behind Me
  22. Frederik Longevall, Choosing War: The Lost Chance for Peace and the Escalation of War in Vietnam
  23. Michael Lind, Vietnam: The Necessary War
This list is light on the air war and naval warfare, so that needs to be fixed.  Any comments or suggestions for what might be missing?

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