VIETNAM WAR READING LIST

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VIETNAM WAR BIBLIOGRAPHY         S.Z. Freiberger, Ph.D

Please keep in mind this is not a complete list.  It is for a course I am teaching comparing the wars in Vietnam and Iraq.

Acacia, John. Clark Clifford: The Wise Man of Washington

Appy, Christian G. American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity

______________. Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from all Sides

Bartholomew-Feis, Dixee. The OSS and Ho Chi Minh: Unexpected Allies in the War Against Japan

Baskir, Lawrence and William Strauss. Chance and Circumstance: The Draft, the War and the Vietnam Generation

Berman, Larry. The Incredible Double Life of Pham Xuan An, Times Magazine Reporter and Vietnamese Communist Agent

Bernstein, Irving. Guns or Butter: The Presidency of Lyndon Johnson

Boot, Max. The Road Not Taken: Edward Landsdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam

Bowden, Mark. Hue 1968

Bilton, Michael and Kevin Sim. Four Hours in My Lai

Caputo, Philip. A Rumor of War

Caro, Robert. The Years of Lyndon Johnson. Vol 4. The Passage of Power

Chapman, Jessica M. Cauldron of Resistance: Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and the 1950s Southern Vietnam

Clifford, Clark with Richard Holbrooke. Counsel to the President: A Memoir

Colby William, with James McGrager. Lost Victory: A Firsthand Account of America’s Sixteen-Year Involvement in Vietnam

Cooper, Chester. The Lost Crusade in Vietnam

Curry, Cecil B. Edward Landsdale: The Unquiet American

Daddis, Gregory A. Withdrawal: Reassessing America’s Final Years in Vietnam

Dallek, Robert. Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1961-1973

Duiker, William, J. The Communist Road to Power in Vietnam

______________. Ho Chi Minh.

Ellsberg, Daniel. Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers

Engelman, Larry. Tears Before the Rain: An Oral History of the Fall of South Vietnam

Fall, Bernard. Hell in a Very Small Place: The Siege of Dien Bien Phu

__________. Street Without Joy

__________. The Two Vietnams: A Political and Military Analysis

Fall, Dorothy. Bernard Fall: Memories of a Soldier-Scholar

Farrell, John A. Richard Nixon: A Life

Ferguson, Nial. Henry Kissinger, Vol. 1, 1923-1968

Fitzgerald, Francis. Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam

Gardner, Lloyd C. Approaching Vietnam: From World War II through Dienbienphu

_____________. Pay Any Price: Lyndon Johnson and the Wars for Vietnam

Gardner, Lloyd and Gittinger, Ted, eds. International Perspectives on Vietnam

_______________________________. The Search for Peace in Vietnam, 1964-1968

Gitlin, Todd. The Sixties: Years of Hoppe, Days of Rage

Goodwin, Doris Kearns. Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream

Greene, Graham. The Quiet American

Greiner, Bernd. War Without Fronts: The USA in Vietnam

Halberstram, David. The Best and the Brightest

________________. Ho

Hammer, Ellen. A Death in November: America in Vietnam 1963

Hanhimaki, Jussi. The Flawed Architect: Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy

Hendrickson, Paul. The Living Dead: Robert McNamara and the Five Lives of a Lost War

Herken, Greg. The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in the Cold War

Herr, Michael. Dispatches

Hersh, Seymour. The Dark Side of Camelot

_____________. My Lai

Hiam, C. Michael. Who the Hell are We Fighting: The Story of Sam Adams and the Vietnam Intelligence Wars

Higgins, Marguerite. Our Vietnam Nightmare

Jacobs, Seth. Cold War Mandarin: Dgo Dinh Diem and the Origins of America’s War in Vietnam, 1950-1963

Johnson, Denis. Tree of Smoke

Jones, Howard. Death of a Generation: How the Assassination of Diem and JFK Prolonged the Vietnam War

____________. My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness

Kaiser, David. American Tragedy: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Origins of the Vietnam War

Karnow, Stanley. Vietnam: A History

Kendrick, Alexander. The Wound Within: America in the Vietnam Years, 1945-1974

Ketwig, John. And a Hard Rain Fell: A GI’s True Story of the War in Vietnam

Kimball, Jeffrey. Nixon’s Vietnam War

Kolko, Gabriel. Anatomy of a War: Vietnam, the United States, and the Modern Historical Experience

Kissinger, Henry. The White House Years

Lagguth, A.J. Our Vietnam: The War 1954-1975

Landsdale, Edward G. In the Midst of Wars: An American’s Mission to Southeast Asia

Laurence, John. The Cat from Hue: A Vietnam War Story

Lederer, William J., and Eugene Burdick. The Ugly American

Lewy, Guenter. America in Vietnam

Logevall, Fredrik. Choosing War: The Lost Chance for Peace and the Escalation of War in Vietnam

_____________. Embers of War: The Fall of An Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam

MacDonald, Peter. Giap

Mangold, Tom, Penycate. The Tunnels of Chu Chi: The Untold Story of Vietnam

Marlantes, Karl. Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

Maraniss, David. The Things They Carried: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October, 1967

Mason, Robert. Chickenhawk

McMaster, H.R. Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies that Led to Vietnam

McNamara, Robert. In Retrospect: The Tragedies and Lessons of Vietnam

_______________. Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy

________________. The Fog of War

Miller, Edward. Misalliance: Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and the Fate of Vietnam

Milne, David. America’s Rasputin: Walt Rostow and the Vietnam War

Morgan, Ted. Valley of Death: The Tragedy of Dien Bien Phu that Led America into the Vietnam War

Moyar, Mark. Phoenix and the Birds of Prey: The CIA’s Secret Campaign to Destroy the Viet Cong

__________. Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965

Nguyen, Lien-Hang T. Hanoi’s War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam

Newman, John. JFK and Vietnam: Deception, Intrigue, and the Struggle for Power

Oberdorfer, Don. Tet! The Turning Point in the Vietnam War

O’Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried

O’Neill, William. Coming Apart: An Informal History of America in the 1960s

Prados, John. Vietnam: The History of an Unwinnable War, 1945-1975

__________. The Blood Road: The Ho Chi Minh Trail and the Vietnam War

Prados, John and Margaret Pratt Porter, eds.  Inside the Pentagon Papers

Preston, Andrew. The War Council: McGeorge Bundy, the NSC, and Vietnam

Prochnau, William. Once Upon a Distant War: Young War Correspondents and the Early Vietnam Battles

Prouty, L. Fletcher. JFK, the CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy

Reedy, George. Lyndon B. Johnson: A Memoir

Reeves, Richard. President Kennedy: Profile of Power

Rostow, Walt. The Diffusion of Power: An Essay in Recent History

Rudenstine, David. The Day the Presses Stopped: A History of the Pentagon Papers Case

Santoli, Al. Everything We Had

Schell, Jonathan. The Real War: The Classic Reporting on the Vietnam War

Schlesinger, Arthur. A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House

Schmitz, David F. Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War

Schultz, Richard H. The Secret War Against Hanoi: Kennedy’s and Johnson’s Use of Spies, Saboteurs, and Covert Warriors in North Vietnam

Schultzinger, Robert D. A Time for War: The United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975

Shapley, Deborah. Promise and Power: The Life and Times of Robert McNamara

Sheehan, Neil. A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam

Snepp, Frank. Decent Interval: An Insider’s Account of Saigon’s Indecent End Told by the CIA’s Chief Strategy Analyst in Vietnam

Sorley, Lewis. A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America’s Last Years in Vietnam

Taylor, Maxwell D. Swords and Plowshares

Terry, Wallace. Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans

Thomas, Evan. Being Nixon: A Man Divided

___________. Robert F. Kennedy: His Life

Truong Nhu Tang with David Chanoff and Doan Van Toai. A Viet Cong Memoir

Viorst, Milton. Fire in the Streets: America in the 1960s

Weiner, Tim. Legacy of Ashes: The Histyory of the CIA

White, Mark J. against the President: Dissent, Decision-Making in the White House; a Historical Perspective

Woods, Randall. Warrior: William Egan Colby and the CIA

Woodward, Bob. The Last of the President’s Men

Wright, Stephen. Meditations in Green: A Novel of Vietnam

Young, Marilyn B. The Vietnam War

Zaffiri, Samuel: Westmoreland: A Biography of General William C. Westmoreland

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