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Vietnam War: Basic and Essential

MH Lambert "flux1984"
 
America's Longest War : The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975 with Poster
America's Longest War : The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975 with Poster
"THE best general/introductory work on the subject. Easily readable and accessible... but Herring (and everyone else) REALLY hates Nixon. I mean REALLY."
Vietnam: A History
Vietnam: A History
"Truly immense book and fills your bookshelf in one volume. Dense, but definitively blow-by-blow."
Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam
Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam
"Poignant and informative book on the fact that the war is the VIETNAM war, not the U.S. in said country."
The Pentagon Papers
The Pentagon Papers
"Mind-blowing documentation of monumental corruption, stupidity and complicity by the U.S. government. No men in hoods here - they wear suits!"
Ho Chi Minh: A Life
Ho Chi Minh: A Life
"What IS it with American authors and books that are stupendously thick. Needs editing but masterful narrative of the life of the man, the myth and the legend."
A Soldier Reports
A Soldier Reports
"If even half of what Westmoreland wrote in here was true, I'd be surprised. Really underpins how myopic the U.S. military strategists were. Insightful, but for all the wrong reasons."
A Vietcong Memoir
A Vietcong Memoir
"Riveting book written by senior member in the NLF who was eventually betrayed by the DRV (the North) after reunification in 1975."
Viet Cong
Viet Cong
"You can tell this book is written by a military man from the off. Contains information unavailable elsewhere but be warned, this book is not great and more one-sided than a Mobius strip."
We Were Soldiers Once...And Young: The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam
We Were Soldiers Once...And Young: The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam
"Despite being made into an awful, awful film, this book is actually penetrative in its understanding is surprisingly well written. And it only cost me £1! Worth a few more, definitely."
Guerrilla Diplomacy: The NLF's Foreign Relations and the Viet Nam War
Guerrilla Diplomacy: The NLF's Foreign Relations and the Viet Nam War
"Brigham is one of the best scholars on Vietnam, and can actually speak Vietnamese! Anything he writes is usually pretty damned good. This is no exception. Check out his book on the ARVN."
War by Other Means: National Liberation and Revolution in Vietnam, 1954-60
War by Other Means: National Liberation and Revolution in Vietnam, 1954-60
"Dense, but unparalleled account of the foundations of the NLF. Superb for understanding the politics of the Vietnamese Communist Party. Immense."
Victory in Vietnam: The Official History of the People's Army of Vietnam, 1954-1975 (Modern War Studies)
Victory in Vietnam: The Official History of the People's Army of Vietnam, 1954-1975 (Modern War Studies)
"Don't worry, it is as lifeless, dull and probably inaccurate as the official US versions. Useful for getting access to unattainable sources but incredibly boring. Worth reading unfortunately."
Victory at Any Cost: The Genius of Vietnam's General Vo Nguyen Giap (Warriors)
Victory at Any Cost: The Genius of Vietnam's General Vo Nguyen Giap (Warriors)
"This is the best of the biographies on Giap but still contains errors. More important fighting between 1930-54 than against the U.S. but a fascinating character. Also painfully long in size 8 font!"
Intervention
Intervention
"Cracking book assessing the escalation of U.S. involvement and incitement to violence by the North. Great read, but once again, unnecessarily long."
The Dynamics Of Defeat: The Vietnam War In Hau Nghia Province
The Dynamics Of Defeat: The Vietnam War In Hau Nghia Province
"This, and his book about the 25th division are incredibly interesting and fascinating. Adds a local-dimension to the war and goes beyond grand narratives. Enjoyed reading the excessive length on them."
Last Reflections on a War: Bernard B.Fall's Last Comments on Vietnam
Last Reflections on a War: Bernard B.Fall's Last Comments on Vietnam
"Fall is an unusually astute and intelligent commentator on Vietnam. This and his other works are worth seeking out."
Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam
Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam
"Good length AND analysis with this excellent work detailing flaws in strategy, rather than policy with the U.S. I don't entirely agree but it is worth reading."
Anatomy of a War: Vietnam, the United States, and the Modern Historical Experience
Anatomy of a War: Vietnam, the United States, and the Modern Historical Experience
"Kolko is fairly left-leaning and devotes a significant portion of the book to the war in the countryside which other authors don't do. I think you already know my criticism though... 672... really?"
After Tet #: The Bloodiest Year in Vietnam
After Tet #: The Bloodiest Year in Vietnam
"Dipels many myths and gets to grips with the nature of the war in ways many other authors can't cope. Quite specific so read a few others first, but a cracking read."
Choosing War: The Lost Chance for Peace and the Escalation of War in Vietnam
Choosing War: The Lost Chance for Peace and the Escalation of War in Vietnam
"Your standard length high-political decision-making book by a U.S. scholar, but this is by far the best - worth every excessive page!"
Why the North Won the Vietnam War
Why the North Won the Vietnam War
"Good collection of essays from a variety of authors and political perspectives. Brigham's is the best, but all are worth reading."
The Uncensored War: The Media and Vietnam
The Uncensored War: The Media and Vietnam
"Another of the reasons the war is infamous - being broadcast into every home across the world. One of the better works on media involvement."
If I Die in a Combat Zone
If I Die in a Combat Zone
"One of many first-hand accounts of participation. Definitely one of the best and most famous. Read this and Herring if nothing else!"
Vietnam the Necessary War: A Reinterpretation of America's Most Disastrous Military Conflict
Vietnam the Necessary War: A Reinterpretation of America's Most Disastrous Military Conflict
"Revisionism with frills and more. I wholeheartedly disagree with his work but it is well-written and engaging compared to most apologist right-wing work. Borrow a copy preferably."
The Working-class War: American Combat Soldiers and Vietnam
The Working-class War: American Combat Soldiers and Vietnam
"One of my favourite books on the war. Appy's analysis is truly cutting if at times lacking in the quality of scholarship of Bergerud. A fantastic book on the horrors of the U.S. forces."