Set during the
time-frame just prior to the Tet
Offensive. Tony Lazzarini succeeds
in communicating his experience in Vietnam as a UH-1D (Huey) door gunner.
He does an outstanding job describing, from one man's tactical
perspective, the emerging doctrine of air assault. Highest
Traditions also gives you a perspective of the social and emotional impact
of the war on Tony and his fellow soldiers. More
Here is the epic story of Vietnam and the sixties
told through the events of a few tumultuous days in October 1967.
David Maraniss takes the reader on an unforgettable journey to the
battlefields of war and peace. With meticulous and captivating
detail, They Marched Into Sunlight brings that catastrophic
time back to life while examining questions about the meaning of
dissent and the official manipulation of truth, issues that are as
relevant today as they were decades ago. Amazon.
The Things They Carried depicts the men of
Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell
Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and of course, the character Tim
O'Brien who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and
writer at the age of forty-three. They battle the enemy (or maybe
more the idea of the enemy), and occasionally each other. In their
relationships we see their isolation and loneliness, their rage and
fear. They miss their families, their girlfriends and buddies; they
miss the lives they left back home. Yet they find sympathy and
kindness for strangers (the old man who leads them unscathed through
the mine field, the girl who grieves while she dances), and love for
each other, because in Vietnam they are the only family they have.
November 1965, some 450 men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, under
the command of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, were dropped by helicopter into a
small clearing in the Ia Drang Valley. They were immediately
surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. Three days later,
only two and a half miles away, a sister battalion was chopped to
pieces. Together, these actions at the landing zones X-Ray and
Albany constituted one of the most savage and significant battles of
the Vietnam War.
How these men persevered--sacrificed themselves for their comrades
and never gave up--makes a vivid portrait of war at its most
inspiring and devastating. General Moore and Joseph Galloway, the
only journalist on the ground throughout the fighting, have
interviewed hundreds of men who fought there, including the North
Vietnamese commanders. This devastating account rises above the
specific ordeal it chronicles to present a picture of men facing the
ultimate challenge, dealing with it in ways they would have found
unimaginable only a few hours earlier. It reveals to us, as rarely
before, man's most heroic and horrendous endeavor. Amazon.
There have been many Marines. There have been
many marksmen. But there has only been one Sergeant Carlos Hathcock.
A legend in the Marine ranks, Hathcock stalked the Viet Cong behind
enemy lines-on their own ground. And each time he emerged from the
jungle having done his duty. His record is one of the finest in
military history, with 93 confirmed kills.
This is the story of a simple man who endured incredible dangers and
hardships for his country and his Corps. These are the missions that
have made Carlos Hathcock a legend in the brotherhood of Marines.
Riveting stories of aerial
combat over Vietnam and candid commentary on the doomed Rolling
Thunder campaign Ed Rasimus straps the reader into the cockpit of an
F-105 Thunderchief fighter-bomber, hurtling through the MiG-filled
skies over North Vietnam, and then fast and low into the teeth of
the enemy’s ferocious air defenses—with less than a 50-50 chance
of surviving. The most engaging writing ever published about the
Rolling Thunder campaign and the war in the North, When Thunder
Rolled balances fist-gnawing action with the horror and sorrow of
modern aerial combat. Amazon.
This monumental narrative
clarifies, analyzes, and demystifies the tragic ordeal of the
Vietnam war. Free of ideological bias, profound in its
understanding, and compassionate in its human portrayals, it is
filled with fresh revelations drawn from secret documents and from
exclusive interviews with the participants - French, American,
Vietnamese, Chinese: diplomats, military commanders, high government
officials, journalists, nurses, workers, and soldiers. Vietnam: A
History puts events and decisions into such sharp focus that we come
to understand - and make peace with - a convulsive epoch of our
recent history. Amazon.
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