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  • Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • On Sale: October 20, 1998
  • Price: $20.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-385-49118-1 (0-385-49118-2)
about this book

The Vietnam Reader is a selection of the finest and best-known art from the American war in Vietnam, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, film, still photos, and popular song lyrics. All the strongest work is here, from mainstream bestsellers to radical poetry, from Tim O'Brien to Marvin Gaye. Also included are incisive reader's questions--useful for educators and book clubs--in a volume that makes an essential contribution to a wider understanding of the Vietnam War.

This authoritative and accessible volume is sure to become a classic reference, as well as indispensable and provocative reading for anyone who wants to know more about the war that changed the face of late-twentieth-century America.

Table of Contents

Map of Vietnam
Chronology of the War

Robin Moore The Green Berets (1965)
Tim O'Brien If I Die in a Combat Zone (1973)
Tim O'Brien Going After Cacciato (1978)

Early Work
David Halberstam one very hot day (1967)
Tim O'Brien If I Die in a Combat Zone (1973)
Michael Casey Obscenities (1972)
David Rabe Sticks and Bones (1969)
From Demilitarized Zones, Jan Barry and W.D. Ehrhart, Editors

First Wave of Major Work
Ron Kovac Born on the Fourth of July (1976)
James Webb Fields of Fire (1978)
Philip Capto A Rumor of War (1977)
Michael Herr Dispatches (1977)
Tim O'Brien Going After Cacciato (1978)

First Wave of Major Films
The Deer Hunter, Coming Home, Apocalypse Now

"The Ballad of the Green Berets" Barry Sadler and Robin Moore (1966)
"I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixen'-to-Die-Rag" Country Joe McDonald 1965
"Fortunate Son" Creedence Clearwater RevivalJohn Fogerty (1969)
"The Unknown Soldier" The DoorsJim Morrison (1968)
"What's Going on" Marvin Gaye (1971)
"War" Edwin Starr (1970)
"Born in the U.S.A." Bruce Springsteen (1984)
"The Big Parade" 10,000 ManiacsNatalie Merchant (1989)

The Oral History Boom
Mark Baker Nam (1981)
Wallace Terry Bloods (1984)
Keith Walker A Piece of My Heart (1985)
From Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam, Bernard Edelman, Editor (1985)
Al Santoli Everything We Had (1981)

Second Wave of Major Work
John M. Del Vecchio The 13th Valley (1982)
Stephan Wright Meditations in Green (1983)
Larry Heinemann Paco's Story (1986)

Second Wave of Major Films
Platoon, Full Metal Jacket

Ronald J. Glasser, M.D. 365 Days (1971)
Frederick Downs The Killing Zone (1978)
Robert Mason Chickenhawk (1983)
Michael Lee Lanning The Only War We Had (1987)

Tim O'Brien The Things They Carried (1990)

Larry Heinemann Paco's Story (1986)
Louise Erdrich Love Medicine (1984)
From Carrying the Darkness, W.D. Ehrhart, Editor (1985)
Bruce Weigl A Romance (1979), The Monkey Wars (1985), What Saves Us (1992)
Tim O'Brien The Things They Carried 1990

Yusef Komunyakaa Dien Cai Dau 1988
Bobbie Ann Mason In Country (1985)
Kevin Bowen "Incoming" (1994)
Tim O'Brien In the Lake of the Woods (1994)
John Balaban "Mr. Giai's Poem" (1991)

The Wall
W.D. Ehrhart "The Invasion of Grenada" (1984)
Stewart O'Nan The Names of the Dead (1996)
Yusef Komunyakaa Dien Cai Dau (1988)

Selected Additional Bibliography
Selected Additional Filmography
Reading Questions