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


Format: Hardcover, 864 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: August 21, 2012
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-50442-6 (0-375-50442-7)

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 trade paperback.

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Platoon Leader
A Memoir of Command in Combat
Written by James R. McDonough


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-800-9 (0-89141-800-8)

The story of a young man's indoctrination into combat in the Vietnam War, as an infantry platoon leader in the famed 173d Airborne Brigade. Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Loon
A Marine Story
Written by Jack McLean


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 25, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51016-7 (0-345-51016-X)

“Kids like me didn’t go to Vietnam,” writes Jack McLean in his captivating memoir, Loon. Raised in suburban New Jersey, he attended the Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, but decided to put college on hold. After graduation in the spring of 1966, faced with the mandatory military draft, he enlisted in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In Retrospect
The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam
Written by Robert S. McNamara


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 19, 1996
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76749-7 (0-679-76749-5)

This new paperback edition of McNamara's controversial memoir includes a new Preface by McNamara and a new Appendix containing examples of the intense debate that erupted upon the book's original publication in 1995. Among the contributions to the Appendix are the New York Times editorial "Mr. McNamara's War," and sixteen other... Read more >

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Dak To
America's Sky Soldiers in South Vietnam's Central Highlands
Written by Edward Murphy


Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: July 31, 2007
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-910-5 (0-89141-910-1)

From their very first engagement with the North Vietnamese Army, when a whole company of paratroopers was nearly wiped out, to the savage, climactic battle for Hill 875, here is a riveting, hard-hitting account of how the Sky Soldiers plunged into some of Southeast Asia's most forbidding terrain, against a professional... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Hill Fights
The First Battle of Khe Sanh
Written by Edward F. Murphy


Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: April 27, 2004
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-849-8 (0-89141-849-0)

While the seventy-seven-day siege of Khe Sanh in early 1968 remains one of the most highly publicized clashes of the Vietnam War, scant attention has been paid to the first battle of Khe Sanh, also known as “the Hill Fights.” Although this harrowing combat in the spring of 1967 provided a... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Book of Camouflage
The Art of Disappearing
Written by Tim Newark


Format: Hardcover, 104 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-831-6 (1-78200-831-4)

Covering the origins of camo patterning, from Wehrmacht field gray, to US Army green, and Commonwealth khaki, to its use in combat today, The Book of Camouflage tells the history of camouflage patterning in conflict.

The collection of images for the The Book of Camouflage was put together by the author... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ripcord
Screaming Eagles Under Siege, Vietnam 1970
Written by Keith Nolan


Format: Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: June 3, 2003
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-809-2 (0-89141-809-1)

An important historical account of the last major American land offensive of the Vietnam War, waged by the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Going After Cacciato

Written by Tim O'Brien


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 1, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0442-1 (0-7679-0442-7)

Winner of the 1979 National Book Award, the now classic novel of Vietnam, Going After Cacciato captures the peculiar blend of horror and hallucinatory comedy that marked the war. Reality and fantasy merge in O’Brien’s fictional account of one private’s sudden decision to lay down his rifle and begin a quixotic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Vietnam Reader
The Definitive Collection of Fiction and Nonfiction on the War
Edited by Stewart O'Nan


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)

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... Read more >

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Remembering War the American Way

Written by G. Kurt Piehler


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-145-7 (1-58834-145-3)

Wars do not fully end when the shooting stops. As G. Kurt Piehler reveals in this book, after every conflict from the Revolution to the Persian Gulf War, Americans have argued about how and for what deeds and heroes wars should be remembered.

Drawing on sources ranging from government documents to Embalmer’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Once Upon a Distant War
David Halberstam, Neil Sheehan, Peter Arnett--Young War Correspondents and Their Early Vietnam Battles
Written by William Prochnau


Format: Trade Paperback, 564 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 27, 1996
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77265-1 (0-679-77265-0)

In Once Upon a Distant War Prochnau vividly brings to life the adventures of a small group of young, audacious, and driven war correspondents who first brought Vietnam to the American popular consciousness.  With the evocative eye of a novelist and the experience of a prize-winning journalist, Prochnau introduces us to men... Read more >

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Everything We Had
An Oral History of the Vietnam War
Written by Al Santoli


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 12, 1985
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-32279-1 (0-345-32279-7)

"Dead: 57, 661."

"Here are 33 who survived...We have tried to put into honest words the raw experience of what happened to us. We have reflected upon that experience, recalling, among other things, that we were once idealistic young people confronted by the awesomeness of fighting other human beings...

"Please understand that we... Read more >

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The Real War
The Classic Reporting on the Vietnam War
Written by Jonathan Schell


Format: Trade Paperback, 408 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 12, 1988
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75550-2 (0-394-75550-2)

Jonathan Schell’s extraordinary on-the-scene writing about Vietnam has stood the test of time in our continuing attempt to understand how and why the United States went to war—and how and why it lost.

In “The Village of Ben Suc” written “with skill that many a veteran reporter will envy” (New York... Read more >

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Time of Illusion
Vietnam
Written by Jonathan Schell


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1976
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72217-7 (0-394-72217-5)

“A thoughtful and deservedly acclaimed meditation on the decade which, in 1974, finally brought the American Constitutional system to the edge of breakdown.” —Foreign Affairs

“The remarkable achievements of this book are its fairness, its attention to details, and its capacity to put the bewildering complexities of these years into some kind... Read more >

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For Love of Country
What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice
Written by Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-1-101-87445-5 (1-101-87445-7)

For Love of Country celebrates the extraordinary heroism on the battlefield and the equally valuable contributions on the home front of this generation's American veterans, in a collection of compelling, original portraits by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and National Book Award nominee Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

The first half of this extraordinary book honors... Read more >

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Xin Loi, Viet Nam
Thirty-one Months of War: A Soldier's Memoir
Written by Al Sever


Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: March 1, 2005
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-856-6 (0-89141-856-3)

From Da Nang to Cu Chi and the Mekong Delta, gunship crew chief Al Sever spent thirty-one months in Vietnam, fighting in eleven of the war’s sixteen campaigns. Every morning when his gunship lifted off, often to the clacking and muzzle flashes of AK-47s hidden in the dawn fog, Sever knew... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Shadow of Arms

Written by Hwang Sok-Yong


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 29, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-507-4 (1-60980-507-0)

A novel of the black markets of the South Vietnamese city of Danang during the Vietnam War, based on the author’s experiences as a self-described South Korean mercenary on the side of the South Vietnamese. This is a Vietnam War novel that sees the war from all sides; scenes of battle are well told and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Armed Conflict
The Lessons of Modern Warfare
Written by Brian Steed


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: January 1, 2003
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-89141-803-0 (0-89141-803-2)

A military theorist and experienced armor officer, Brian Steed provides insights into the future of armed conflict.

He analyzes five battles, one each in Korea, Vietnam, the Falklands, the Persian Gulf, and Somalia; placing all in an appropriate historical and geographic context. He also explores the specific strategies employed in each... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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On Strategy
A Critical Analysis of the Vietnam War
Written by Harry G. Summers


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: June 1, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-89141-563-3 (0-89141-563-7)

Summer's inspired analysis of America's war in Vietnam. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Vietcong Memoir
An Inside Account of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath
Written by Troung Nhu Tang


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 1986
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-74309-7 (0-394-74309-1)

Truong Nhu Tang's vivid and powerful memoir "goes a long way toward explaining why America failed in Vietnam despite its greatly superior military power" (Chicago Tribune). When he was a student in Paris, Truong Nhu Tang met Ho Chi Minh. Later he fought in the Vietnamese jungle and emerged as one... Read more >

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Bloods
Black Veterans of the Vietnam War: An Oral History
Written by Wallace Terry


Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: July 12, 1985
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-31197-9 (0-345-31197-3)

This is Terry's acclaimed chronicle of the unique experience of African American soldiers fighting in Indochina.  

"An invaluable addition to the expanding legion of histories about the Vietnam War...a graphically illuminating but disquieting collection of 20 personal accounts reflecting the black military experience in Vietnam...Through their recollections of war, we see America's... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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To Hanoi and Back
The U.S. Air Force and North Vietnam, 1966-1973
Written by Wayne Thompson
Foreword by Richard P. Hallion


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-283-6 (1-58834-283-2)

After nearly eighteen months of the largely unsuccessful bombing campaign called Operation Rolling Thunder, the US Air Force began to look for ways to overcome technological, geographical, and political challenges in North Vietnam and use limited air power more effectively. In 1972 the two Linebacker campaigns joined with other air operations... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Warriors
An Infantryman's Memoir of Vietnam
Written by Robert Tonsetic


Format: Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: February 3, 2004
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-844-3 (0-89141-844-X)

On the ground, in the air, and behind the lines, grunts made life-and-death decisions every day—and endured the worst stress of their young lives.

It was the tumultuous year 1968, and Robert Tonsetic was Rifle Company commander of the 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry in Vietnam. He took over a group of grunts... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Last Night I Dreamed of Peace
The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram
Written by Dang Thuy Tram


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-34738-1 (0-307-34738-9)

“Remarkable. . . . A gift from a heroine who was killed at twenty-seven but whose voice has survived to remind us of the humanity and decency that endure amid—and despite—the horror and chaos of war.”
—Francine Prose, O, The Oprah Magazine

Brutally honest and rich in detail, this posthumously published diary of... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.
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