Ann Kelsey's Book List


Bergerud, Eric M. _Dynamics of Defeat: The Vietnam War in Hau Nghia Province_, Westview Press, 1991.

This analysis of the war at the province level is well-crafted and readable, combining analysis of primary source materials, participant interviews, and secondary sources.

Ebert, James R. _A Life in a Year: The American Infantryman in Vietnam, 1965-1972_, Presidio Press, 1993.

The experiences of 60 Marine and Army infantrymen arranged topically.

Maurer, Harry. _Strange Ground: An Oral History of Americans in Vietnam 1945-1975_, Avon, 1988, 1990.

One of the best and most comprehensive oral history compilations.

Moore, Harold G., and Joseph L. Galloway. _We Were Soldiers Once...and Young: Ia Drang: The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam_, Random House, 1992.

A comprehensive and gripping account, one of the best of the histories of specific battles along with...

Prados, John and Ray W. Stubbe. _Valley of Decision: The Siege of Khe Sanh_, Houghton Mifflin, 1991.

Smith, Winnie. _American Daughter Gone to War: On the Front Lines with an Army Nurse in Vietnam_, Morrow, 1992.

A wrenching personal memoir.


Butler, Robert Olen. _A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain_, Penguin Books, 1992, 1993.

A collection of short stories describing the lives of Vietnamese refugees in the United States. A Pulitzer Prize winner. Butler is a vet.

Farish, Terry. _Flower Shadows_, Morrow, 1992. (out of print, check your library)

A novel based on the murder of a Red Cross doughnut dollie in Cu Chi in the summer of 1970. The author was a Red Cross worker in Vietnam. A realistic description of women's experiences in Vietnam.

Karlin, Wayne, Le Minh Khue, and Truong Vu. _The Other Side of Heaven: Postwar Fiction by Vietnamese and American Writers_, Curbstone Press, 1995.

A collection of short stories and excerpts from longer works written by American and Vietnamese writers, many of them veterans.

Scarborough, Elizabeth Ann. _The Healer's War_, Bantam Books, 1988, 1992.

This science fiction novel, set in I Corps, is, in the author's words, "fantasy but not bullshit." Scarborough was an Army nurse in Vietnam. Winner of the Nebula Award.

Van Devanter Lynda, and Joan A. Furey, eds. _Visions of War, Dreams of Peace: Writings of Women in the Vietnam War_, Warner Books, 1991.

A collection of poems by 40 women who served in Vietnam.

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