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Re: Good books on the true Vietnam War?
« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2017, 01:21:52 PM »
If there's ONE thing I'm sure of, War is brutal, and the Victor gets to wrote the history... until a revisionist figures out a way to tell a more palatable tale to a willing audience.
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Re: Good books on the true Vietnam War?
« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2018, 12:17:14 PM »
Want to read a truly good and accurate novel of war in Vietnam?  Then may I suggest to you, "Matterhorn" by Karl Marlantes.

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Re: Good books on the true Vietnam War?
« Reply #17 on: November 12, 2018, 09:05:31 AM »
Involvement in Vietnam goes back to Pres Truman and Pres Eisenhower, and in a real sense earlier as the great powers had a way of sticking their nose everywhere.  Soviet radio once announced, "We cannot predict the future, but the past is changing before our very eyes."  That is much of American (ideological) history today. The Domino theory held sway then and if you want more proof read about McCarthy sometime. Oh those Dominoes held such power over the mind, over the policies. Truth got lost as it does today in much of our commentary. Many think Kennedy would have got out? Could we have won? No one I know who was there or studied it says we could.  But again if you need proof of lost escapades look only a Afghanistan or even Iraq. Oh and no one spit on me during the late sixties, but one Nam friend said they did in Philly where I too lived.  Timeline below is excellent.

Timeline:  https://www.history.com/topics/vietnam-war/vietnam-war-timeline

Best books:

6. A Bright And Shining Lie, Neil Sheehan "If you ever read just one history of the Vietnam war, read this one."

7. Vietnam: A History, Stanley Karnow "The most complete account [of the Vietnam war] to date."

8. Everything We Had, Al Santoli "If I had to recommend only one book as a guide to stepping into the skin of a Vietnam veteran, [this] would be it."

https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2008/feb/05/catchofthedaywhichisthe

And more:

Nonfiction recommendations:  "‘Chickenhawk,’ by Robert Mason; ‘Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam,’ by Nick Turse; ‘The Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War,’ by Frederick Downs; ‘Pharoah’s Army: Memories of the Lost War” by Tobias Wolf; and ‘Street Without Joy: Indochina at War, 1946–1954,’ by Bernard Fall."

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/15/books/20-must-read-books-on-the-vietnam-war.html



 

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