Military History - Vietnam Conflict
Abandoned in Hell
The Fight for Vietnam's Firebase Kate
Paperback ISBN: 0451468090
"In October 1969, William Albracht, the youngest Green Beret captain in Vietnam, took command of a remote hilltop outpost called Fire Base Kate, held by only 27 American soldiers and 150 Montagnard militiamen. He found their defenses woefully unprepared.At dawn the next morning, three North Vietnamese Army regiments--some 6,000 men--crossed the Cambodian border and attacked. Outnumbered three dozen to one, Albracht's men held off repeated ground assaults by communist forces with fierce hand-to-hand fighting, air support and a dangerously close B-52 strike. For days, the NVA blanketed Kate in a rain of rockets, mortars, artillery, machine guns, and small arms, blocking efforts to resupply, reinforce, or evacuate the outpost. Albracht continually exposed himself to enemy fire to direct air strikes, to guide re-supply helicopters, to distribute ammunition and water to his men, to retrieve the dead and to rescue the wounded, often shielding men with his own body. Wounded by rocket shrapnel, he refused medical attention or evacuation. Exhausted from days without sleep, he continued to rally his men to beat off each new enemy attack. After five days, Kate's defenders were out of ammo and water. Aerial resupply was suicidal, and reinforcements were denied by military commanders who had written off Kate. Albracht refused to surrender or die in place. Refusing to allow his men to surrender, Albracht led his troops, including many wounded, off the hill and on a daring night march through enemy lines. Abandoned in Hell is an astonishing memoir of leadership, sacrifice, and brutal violence, a riveting journey into Vietnam's heart of darkness, and a compelling reminder of the transformational power of individual heroism. Not since Lone Survivor and We Were SoldiersOnce, And Young has there been such a gripping and authentic account of battlefield courage. Includes photos"--
Siege of Khe Sanh
The Story of the Vietnam War's Largest Battle
Paperback ISBN: 0393354512
The six-month siege of Khe Sanh in 1968 was the largest, most intense battle of the Vietnam War. For 6,000 trapped U.S. Marines, it was a nightmare; for President Lyndon Johnson, an obsession. For General Westmoreland, it was to be the final vindication of technological weaponry; and for General Giap, architect of the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu, it was a spectacular ruse masking troops moving south for the Tet offensive.With a new preface by Mark Bowden—best-selling author of Black Hawk Down—Robert Pisor’s immersive narrative of the action at Khe Sanh is a timely reminder of the human cost of war, and a visceral portrait of the turning point for American involvement in Vietnam. Readers may find the politics and the tactics of the Vietnam War, as they played out at Khe Sahn fifty years ago, echoed in our nation’s global incursions today.
The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam
Paperback ISBN: 0679767495
The Secretary of Defense for the Kennedy and Johnson administrations provides an account of how and why America became involved in Vietnam and discusses the long-term ramifications of decisions made during the 1960s. Reprint. 125,000 first printing.
A Rumor of War
The Classic Vietnam Memoir - 40th Anniversary Edition
Paperback ISBN: 1250117127
Republished on the occasion of its 40th anniversary, a renowned classic war memoir, which shattered America’s indifference to the fate of the men sent to fight in the jungles of Vietnam, follows the experiences of Marine Lieutenant Phillip J. Caputo both during the war and on the aftermath on the home front. Includes a new foreword. Reissue.
A Better War
The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam
Paperback ISBN: 0156013096
Drawing on access to previously classified material, a military historian provides a meticulously documented study of the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1975, arguing that while the war was being won on the ground, it was being lost in the U.S. Congress and at the peace negotiations. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
American Daughter Gone to War
On the Front Lines With an Army Nurse in Vietnam
Hardcover ISBN: 0688111882
A former army nurse during the Vietnam War describes her days and nights, dating fighter pilots, tending to wounded soldiers, and getting a taste of the tragedy of war while working in a Saigon intensive care unit. 25,000 first printing. $17,500 ad/promo.
Born On The Fourth Of July
Paperback ISBN: 1888451785
“A great, courageous fellow, a man of deep moral convictions and an uncompromising disposition.”—John Kerry on Ron Kovic “As relevant as ever, this book is an education. Ron is a true American, and his great heart and hard-won wisdom shine through these pages.” —Oliver Stone, filmmaker “Born on the Fourth of July brings back the era of the Vietnam War at a time when the Establishment is trying to make the nation forget what they call the “Vietnam syndrome.” Ron Kovic’s memoir is written with poetic passion and grips your attention from the very first page to the last. It is a classic of antiwar literature and I hope it will be read by large numbers of young people, who will be both sobered and inspired by his story. —Howard Zinn “If you want to understand the everlasting reverberations of our war in Vietnam and how it impacts our current events, you must read this book.” —LARRY HEINEMANN “There is no book more relevant in the 21st century to healing the wound of Vietnam, which continues to bring so much pain to our country, as reflected in the last presidential election . . . It remains to Kovic to remind us that history matters, and that the cost of our high follies persists.” —ROBERT SCHEER, Los Angeles Times columnist This New York Times bestseller (more than one million copies sold) details the author's life story (portrayed by Tom Cruise in the Oliver Stone film version)--from a patriotic soldier in Vietnam, to his severe battlefield injury, to his role as the country's most outspoken anti-Vietnam War advocate, spreading his message from his wheelchair.