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.
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.
The Hunter Killers
The Extraordinary Story of the First Wild Weasels, the Band of Maverick Aviators Who Flew the Most Dangerous Missions of the Vietnam War
Paperback ISBN: 0062375121
At the height of the Cold War, America's most elite aviators bravely volunteered for a covert program aimed at eliminating an impossible new threat. Half never returned. All became legends. FromNew York Times bestselling author Dan Hampton comes one of the most extraordinary untold stories of aviation history. Vietnam, 1965: On July 24 a USAF F-4 Phantom jet was suddenly blown from the sky by a mysterious and lethal weapon—a Soviet SA-2 surface-to-air missile (SAM), launched by Russian "advisors" to North Vietnam. Three days later, six F-105 Thunderchiefs were brought down trying to avenge the Phantom. More tragic losses followed, establishing the enemy's SAMs as the deadliest anti-aircraft threat in history and dramatically turning the tables of Cold War air superiority in favor of Soviet technology. Stunned and desperately searching for answers, the Pentagon ordered a top secret program called Wild Weasel I to counter the SAM problem—fast. So it came to be that a small group of maverick fighter pilots and Electronic Warfare Officers volunteered to fly behind enemy lines and into the teeth of the threat. To most it seemed a suicide mission—but they beat the door down to join. Those who survived the 50 percent casualty rate would revolutionize warfare forever. "You gotta be sh*#@ing me!" This immortal phrase was uttered by Captain Jack Donovan when the Wild Weasel concept was first explained to him. "You want me to fly in the back of a little tiny fighter aircraft with a crazy fighter pilot who thinks he's invincible, home in on a SAM site in North Vietnam, and shoot it before it shoots me?" Based on unprecedented firsthand interviews with Wild Weasel veterans and previously unseen personal papers and declassified documents from both sides of the conflict, as well as Dan Hampton's own experience as a highly decorated F-16 Wild Weasel pilot,The Hunter Killers is a gripping, cockpit-level chronicle of the first-generation Weasels, the remarkable band of aviators who faced head-on the advanced Soviet missile technology that was decimating fellow American pilots over the skies of Vietnam.
Leading the Way
How Vietnam Veterans Rebuilt the U.S. Military : An Oral History
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0345374983
Fifty-six military professionals, including Colin Powell and Al Gray, comment on their critical efforts to restore confidence to the military in the wake of the Vietnam War
Long Time Passing
Vietnam and the Haunted Generation
Hardcover ISBN: 0385158424
Interviews with Vietnam veterans, draft dodgers, protesters, and objectors and with the families of those who died in the war or are still missing, provide a vivid portrait of the Vietnam generation
An A-4 Skyhawk Pilot in Vietnam
Paperback ISBN: 1682471985
A member of Light Attack Squadron 212’s “Rampant Raiders," A-4 pilot Stephen R. Gray writes about his experiences flying combat sorties from the deck of an aircraft carrier during one of the most intense periods of aerial combat in U.S. aviation history. From the perspective of a junior officer, Gray reveals the lessons he learned first at the Naval Aviation Training Command and then in actual combat flying the Skyhawk from USS Bon Homme Richard in Vietnam. Training strengthens commitment, Gray points out, allowing ordinary men like him to fly dangerous missions. Readers will discover how circumstances created heroes—heroes who managed to overcome their personal fears for a greater cause—and how, despite the lack of public support for the war, the men remained committed to one another. The book also addresses how men react to service during contentious political times, lessons relevant for today.
Witness to the Revolution
Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul
Hardcover ISBN: 0812993187
An oral history of American society in the years of 1969 and 1970 offers a narrative look at the anti-war movement told in the words of the activists, organizers, criminals, bombers, policy makers, veterans, hippies, and others who challenged nearly every aspect of American society.