Vietnam War Reading List

  1. Where the Domino Fell: America and Vietnam by James Stuart Olson and Randy W. Roberts
  2. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  3. If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home by Tim O’Brien
  4. Going After Cacciato by Tim O’Brien
  5. A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo
  6. A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan
  7. The Making of a Quagmire: America and Vietnam During the Kennedy Era by David Halberstam
  8. Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers by Daniel Ellsberg
  9. The Pentagon Papers: The Defense Department’s Secret History of the Vietnam War
  10. We Were Soldiers Once and Young by Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway
  11. The African American Experience in Vietnam: Brothers in Arms by James E. Westheider
  12. Vietnam: A History by Stanley Karnow
  13. Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam by Frances FitzGerald
  14. In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam by Robert S. McNamara
  15. Ho Chi Minh: A Life by William J. Duiker
  16. Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare by Philip Short
  17. Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall
  18. Hanoi’s War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam by Lien-Hang T. Nguyen
  19. Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam by Nick Turse
  20. Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-75 by George J Veith
  21. Rice Paddy Recon: A Marine Officer’s Second Tour in Vietnam, 1968-1970 by Andrew R. Finlayson
  22. Giap: The General Who Defeated America in Vietnam by James A. Warren
  23. Street Without Joy: The French Debacle In Indochina by Bernard B. Fall
  24. Khe Sanh: Siege in the Clouds by Eric Hammel
  25. The Hill Fights: The First Battle of Khe Sanh by Edward F. Murphy
  26. Last Stand at Khe Sanh: The U.S. Marines’ Finest Hour in Vietnam by Gregg Jones
  27. Dien Bien Phu: The Epic Battle America Forgot by Howard R. Simpson
  28. The Last Valley: Dien Bien Phu and the French Defeat in Vietnam by Martin Windrow
  29. My Lai: An American Atrocity in the Vietnam War by William Thomas Allison
  30. This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive by James S Robbins
  31. The Tet Offensive: Politics, War, and Public Opinion by David F. Schmitz
  32. Soul Patrol by Ed Emanuel
  33. Tet!: The Turning Point in the Vietnam War by Don Oberdorfer
  34. The Tet Offensive: A Concise History by James H. Willbanks
  35. America’s Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975 by George Herring
  36. Grunts: The American Combat Soldier in Vietnam by Kyle Longley