Vietnam P.o.w.s Tell Their Stories
Paperback ISBN: 0306805618
This book is the moving story of nine American soldiers and pilots who were captured and held prisoner for five years. It could only be told in their own words; so author Zalin Grant interviewed each of the men and wove their accounts together to form a single, compelling narrative of war and survival. They describe the details of their daily existence in a Vietcong jungle prison as the war ebbed and flowed around them: the rats, the terror of American bombing raids, the sickness, starvation, and torture. Through the juxtaposition of their individual stories we see the subtle, destructive tensions that operate on a group of men in such desperate circumstances. Marched up the Ho Chi Minh trail to Hanoi, the prisoners’ physical ordeal gave way to an agonizing moral dilemma. Should they join the
Black Ops, Vietnam The Operational History of MACVSOG
An Operational History of MACVSOG
Hardcover ISBN: 1591143217
Working from recently declassified documents and memoirs, this history of the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MACVSOG) chronicles the activities of this secret, multi-service unit, as it conducted key covert operations in Vietnam and Laos and managed insurgent forces of Montangards, and others in US planned actions. The material is intended to provide a complete unit history for the nine years MACVSOG was active and includes detailed information on each of the group's operations, biographies of important personnel, and descriptions of unit structure and organization. The work includes maps and a useful glossary of terms and acronyms. Gillespie is an independent historian. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Vietnam War and Our National Identity
Hardcover ISBN: 0670025399
The critically acclaimed author of Patriots offers profound insights into Vietnam’s place in America’s self-image How did the Vietnam War change the way we think of ourselves as a people and a nation? Christian G. Appy, author of the widely praised oral history of the Vietnam War Patriots, now examines the relationship between the war’s realities and myths and its impact on our national identity, conscience, pride, shame, popular culture, and postwar foreign policy. Drawing on a vast variety of sources from movies, songs, and novels to official documents, media coverage, and contemporary commentary, Appy offers an original interpretation of the war and its far-reaching consequences. Authoritative, insightful, sometimes surprising, and controversial, American Reckoning is a fascinating mix of political and cultural reporting that offers a completely fresh account of the meaning of the Vietnam War.
Lessons in Disaster
Mcgeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam
Paperback ISBN: 0805090878
Draws on the author's work with a late Vietnam strategist to discuss what he believed to be critical misperceptions that led to America's instigation of the war, discussing his vision of what may have occurred in alternate scenarios and what present policymakers can learn from Vietnam examples. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
Veteran Field Manual
Civilian Life 1-1: Who Am I Now, and How Do I Fit? Looking at Life Through Warfare Lenses
Paperback ISBN: 1592987176
Author Todd M. Kuikka, a seasoned combat veteran, returned "home" to find it wasn't the same as he remembered. What or who changed? No one knows what it's like to return from hell more than those whose soles
None So Blind
A Personal Account of the Intelligence Failure in Vietnam
Hardcover ISBN: 1566633877
A former Army intelligence analyst takes readers inside the effort to understand the enemy during the Vietnam War, revealing the blunders and abuses of America's military intelligence aparatus.
Phase Line Green
The Battle for Hue, 1968
Paperback ISBN: 1591149215
The bloody, month-long battle for the Citadel in Hue during 1968 pitted U.S. Marines against an entrenched, numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force. By official U.S. accounts it was a tactical and moral victory for the Marines and the United States. But a survivor's compulsion to square official accounts with his contrasting experience has produced an entirely different perspective of the battle, the most controversial to emerge from the Vietnam War in decades. In some of the most frank, vivid prose to come out of the war, author Nicholas Warr describes with urgency and outrage the Marines' savage house-to-house fighting, ordered without air, naval, or artillery support by officers with no experience in this type of deadly combat. Sparing few in the telling, including himself, Warr's shocking firsthand narrative of these desperate suicide charges, which devastated whole companies, takes the wraps off an incident that many would prefer to keep hidden. His account is sure to ignite heated debate among historians and military professionals. Despite senseless rules of engagement and unspeakable carnage, there were unforgettable acts of courage and self-sacrifice performed by ordinary men asked to accomplish the impossible, and Warr is at his best relating these stories. For example, there's the grenade-throwing mortarman who in a rage wipes out two machine-gun emplacements that had pinned down an entire company for days, and the fortunate grunt with thick glasses who stumbles blindly--without receiving a scratch--across a street littered with the dead and dying who hadn't made it. In describing the most vicious urban combat since World War II, this account offers an unparalleled view of how a small unit commander copes with the conflicting demands and responsibilities thrust upon him by the enemy, his men, and the chain of command.