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War of Numbers
An Intelligence Memoir
Written by Sam Adams
Foreword by David Hackworth


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: June 1, 1998
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-1-883642-46-4 (1-883642-46-9)

Sam Adams loved intelligence work, and that enthusiasm shines throughout this memoir of his years with the Central Intelligence Agency. His career was dominated by an epic struggle over Vietnam — over military attempts to hide the true size of the enemy forces there, and over the integrity of the intelligence... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Letters from Vietnam
Voices of War
Written by Bill Adler


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: October 26, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-46390-6 (0-345-46390-0)

Letters from Vietnam collects the unadorned voices of men and women who fought -- and, in some cases, fell -- in America’s most controversial war.

Collected into this one volume are the personal, and varying, accounts of American soldiers who fought on the frontlines. Here are the early days of the fight... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Father of All Things
A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam
Written by Tom Bissell


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7543-0 (1-4000-7543-2)

In April 1975, as Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese Army, John Bissell, a former Marine officer living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, was glued to his television. Struggling to save his marriage, raise his sons, and live with his memories of the war in Vietnam, Bissell found himself racked... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mekong First Light
An Infantry Platoon Leader in Vietnam
Written by Joseph W. Callaway, Jr.


Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: March 30, 2004
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-816-0 (0-89141-816-4)

“Before we got to Vietnam, the troops all thought you would be the first lieutenant killed, and in the end, you were the only one left. We were all wrong. You were the best.”
—Sgt. Lonnie “Tallman” Caldwell

December, 1966: Platoon leader Lt. Joseph Callaway had just turned twenty-three when he arrived in... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Beautiful Struggle
A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood
Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52746-0 (0-385-52746-2)

Selected for common reading at Widener University (Chester, PA)

An exceptional father-son story about the reality that tests us, the myths that sustain us, and the love that saves us.

Paul Coates was an enigmatic god to his sons: a Vietnam vet who rolled with the Black Panthers, an old-school disciplinarian and new-age... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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West Dickens Avenue
A Marine at Khe Sanh
Written by John Corbett


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: February 3, 2004
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-835-1 (0-89141-835-0)

In January 1968, John Corbett and his fellow leathernecks of the 26th Marine Regiment fortified a remote outpost at a place in South Vietnam called Khe Sanh. Within days of their arrival, twenty thousand North Vietnamese soldiers surrounded the base. What followed over the next seventy-seven days became one of the... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Gone Native
An NCO's Story
Written by Alan Cornett


Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: June 6, 2000
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-1637-4 (0-8041-1637-7)

Green Beret medic Alan Cornett arrived in Vietnam in 1966 and spent seven years immersed in the country's culture and its people. He tells a no-holds barred story of an American soldier who made sacrifices far beyond the call of duty, refusing to turn his back on the Vietnamese. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Blackjack-33
With Special Forces in the Viet Cong Forbidden Zone
Written by James C. Donahue


Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: September 7, 1999
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-1764-7 (0-8041-1764-0)

In Vietnam, Mobile Guerrilla Force was the only American unit that truly carried out guerrilla-style hit-and-run military operations. Armed with silencer-equipped MK-II British Sten guns, M-16s, M-79s, and M-60s, the men of the Mobile Guerilla Force roamed for weeks at a time through steamy triple-canopy jungle in areas owned by NVA... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Blackjack-34 (previously titled No Greater Love)
One Deadly Day of Courage, Carnage, and Ultimate Sacrifice for the Mobile Guerrilla Force in Vietnam
Written by James C. Donahue


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 4, 2000
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-1765-4 (0-8041-1765-9)

An elite unit armed to the teeth, the Mobile Guerrilla Force was America's only real guerrilla force in Vietnam. These men operated for weeks at a time--springing ambushes, destroying base camps, and gathering vital intelligence--in steamy, triple-canopied jungles ruled by the VC and NVA. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Charlie Rangers

Written by Don Ericson and John L. Rotundo


Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: December 27, 1988
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-0288-9 (0-8041-0288-0)

They were the biggest Ranger company in Vietnam, and the best. For eighteen months, John L. Rotundo and Don Ericson braved the test of war at its most bloody and most raw, specializing in ambushing the enemy and fighting jungle guerillas using their own tactics. From the undiluted high of a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Baptism
A Vietnam Memoir
Written by Larry Gwin


Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: November 2, 1999
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-1922-1 (0-8041-1922-8)

A Yale graduate who volunteered to serve his country, Larry Gwin was only twenty-three years old when he arrived in Vietnam in 1965. After a brief stint in the Delta, Gwin was reassigned to the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in An Khe. There, in the hotly contested Central Highlands, he served... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Best and the Brightest

Written by David Halberstam


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 26, 1993
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90870-9 (0-449-90870-4)

Republished on its 20th anniversary–with a special introduction that examines the Vietnam experience in light of subsequent events–The Best and the Brightest stands as the definitive source on the origins of America’s involvement in Vietnam. This critically-acclaimed work masterfully captures an era as it gives us unforgettable portraits of the well-intentioned... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Down South
One Tour in Vietnam
Written by William Hardwick


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: August 3, 2004
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-847-4 (0-89141-847-4)

Marine 2nd Lt. William H. Hardwick was a forward observer during the Vietnam War who fought alongside rifle companies and lived like a soldier for most of his thirteen-month tour.

Hardwick performed all the duties soldiers are expected to: walking point, springing ambushes, capturing prisoners, and spending months in the bush surrounded... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Black Virgin Mountain
A Return to Vietnam
Written by Larry Heinemann


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 6, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7689-5 (1-4000-7689-7)

In 1967 Larry Heinemann was sent to Vietnam as an ordinary soldier. It was the most horrific year of his life, truly altering him—and his family—forever. In his powerful memoir, Heinemann returns to Vietnam, riding the train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city and confronting the memories of his war... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Living and the Dead
Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War
Written by Paul Hendrickson


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 28, 1997
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78117-2 (0-679-78117-X)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Finalist for the Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism

More than the two presidents he served or the 58,000 soldiers who died for his policies, Robert McNamara was the official face of Vietnam, the technocrat with steel-rimmed glasses and an ironclad... Read more >

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Dispatches

Written by Michael Herr
Introduction by Robert Stone


Format: Hardcover, 296 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: February 17, 2009
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27080-1 (0-307-27080-7)

Written on the front lines in Vietnam, Dispatches became an immediate classic of war reportage when it was published in 1977.

From its terrifying opening pages to its final eloquent words, Dispatches makes us see, in unforgettable and unflinching detail, the chaos and fervor of the war and the surreal insanity of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Dispatches

Written by Michael Herr


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 6, 1991
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73525-0 (0-679-73525-9)

No book about Vietnam has portrayed so powerfully the personal realities of that war as Michael Herr’s Dispatches. Only a writer possessing Herr’s brilliance and daring could have invented a language adequate to the hallucinatory quality of the lives American soldiers led there. These pieces, which caused a sensation when they... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Acceptable Loss
An Infantry Soldier's Perspective
Written by Kregg P. Jorgenson


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: September 23, 1991
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-0792-1 (0-8041-0792-0)

The true-to-life story of a Ranger who volunteered to serve on a Blue Team in the Air Cavalry, racing to the aid of soldiers who faced the same dangers he had barely survived in the jungles of Vietnam. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My Detachment
A Memoir
Written by Tracy Kidder


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 24, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7616-8 (0-8129-7616-9)

My Detachment is a war story like none you have ever read before, an unromanticized portrait of a young man coming of age in the controversial war that defined a generation. In an astonishingly honest, comic, and moving account of his tour of duty in Vietnam, master storyteller Tracy Kidder writes... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Tales of a Helicopter Pilot

Written by Richard C. Kirkland


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: January 17, 2002
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-952-3 (1-56098-952-1)

Richard Kirkland is legendary for his P-38 Lightning missions in the South Pacific theater during WWII. After the war, he realized the potential of Igor Sikorsky’s new flying machine, and he traded in his fighter-pilot wings for rotors. The nerve-racking chopper missions he has flown are the stuff of legend: scrambling... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dong Xoai, Vietnam 1965

Written by Joe Kubert


Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: May 24, 2011
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2948-1 (1-4012-2948-4)

Joe Kubert, one of the most influential storytellers in comics history, tells the harrowing, true story of a detachment of Special Forces soldiers on a simple recon mission into the village of Dong Xoai, Vietnam, that turned suddenly deadly.
DONG XOAI, VIETNAM 1965 has a unique perspective, since Kubert based the... Read more >

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Dead Center
A Marine Sniper's Two-Year Odyssey in the Vietnam War
Written by Ed Kugler


Format: Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 29, 1999
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-1875-0 (0-8041-1875-2)

Straightforward, raw, and powerful, Ed Kugler's account of his two years as a Marine scout-sniper in Vietnam vividly captures his experiences there--the good, the bad, and the ugly. After enlisting in the Marines at seventeen, then being wounded in Santo Domingo during the Dominican crisis, Kugler arrived in Vietnam in early... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Inside the Crosshairs
Snipers in Vietnam
Written by Col. Michael Lee Lanning


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: July 29, 1998
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-1620-6 (0-8041-1620-2)

"The American sniper could be regarded as the greatest all-around rifleman the world has ever known. . . ."

At the start of the war in Vietnam, the United States had no snipers; by the end of the war, Marine and army precision marksmen had killed more than 10,000 NVA and VC... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Inside the LRRPs
Rangers in Vietnam
Written by Col. Michael Lee Lanning


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: June 12, 1988
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-0166-0 (0-8041-0166-3)

Vietnam was a different kind of war, calling for a different kind of soldier. The LRRPs--Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols--were that new breed of fighting man. They operated in six-man teams deep within enemy territory, and were the eyes and ears of the units they served. This is their story--of perseverence under... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Embers of War
The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam
Written by Fredrik Logevall


Format: Trade Paperback, 864 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75647-4 (0-375-75647-7)

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

Written with the style of a great novelist and the intrigue of a Cold War thriller, Embers of War is a landmark work that will forever change your understanding of how and why America went to war in Vietnam. Tapping newly accessible diplomatic archives in several nations... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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