27 Of The Top Vietnam War Books in Fiction and Non-FictionKen Burns is one of the most acclaimed and well-known documentarians of his generation, best known for his meticulous and intimate examinations of subjects from jazz to baseball to the Civil War. This book, a collaboration with historian Geoffrey C. Buy now from your favorite retailer:. Originally published in , Dispatches remains one of the finest examples of war reportage. In it, war correspondent Michael Herr recounts the fervor and horror of war — as well as the day-to-day lives of soldiers in a combat zone — in unflinching detail through stark, eloquent prose.
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Make Your Own List. In Karl Marlantes was a year old Rhodes scholar and did not have to go to Vietnam. In this interview, he recommends the best Vietnam War books, exploring its moral ambiguities, the warrior mentality and the humanity of 'the enemy. He served as a Marine in Vietnam and was awarded two Purple Hearts, the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, two navy commendation medals for valour and ten air medals. In he began writing his novel about his experience of combat in the jungle. The book, Matterhorn , ended up taking Marlantes 30 years to write. Tell me about the first book on your list, A Rumor of War
Next Sunday marks the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of the first American combat troops in Vietnam. He decided to retaliate by launching Operation Rolling Thunder , an air war on North Vietnam that would last until With large numbers of U. Military Assistance Command in the country, wanted the protection of U. On March 8, , two Marine battalions landed on the beach near the U. They were welcomed by Vietnamese girls handing out leis.
A Rumor of War
Publishers love a bit of hyperbole. But when the subject matter is Vietnam, they outdo themselves. Looking in my local Borders to replace my copy of Michael Herr's Dispatches last week, I noticed something rather odd. Every book on Vietnam in the section claimed to be the best ever written on the subject. And, rather perplexingly, two that were shelved next to each other were "the only book you ever have to read".