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The Last Battle: The Mayaquez Incident and the End of the Vietnam War
by Ralph Wetterhahn
Carroll & Graf
Hardcover - 400 pages (June 9, )

A Lonely Kind of War: Forward Air Controller, Vietnam
Marshall Harrison

Low Level Hell : A Scout Pilot in the Big Red One
Hugh L., Jr. Mills, Robert Anderson
The first-hand account of a special breed of Vietnam aviator, by a highly decorated pilot whose exploits in armed helicopters have become legendary. His chopper wasn't designed to fight, but 21-year-old Hugh Mills had other ideas. His troop of scouts made up their own rules and made aerial warfare history.

Listed under Air War Vietnam

LRRP: Rangers in Vietnam
Michael Lee Lanning
Paperback / Published 1988

Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills
Charles Henderson
Listed under Snipers

Masters of War : Military Dissent and Politics in the Vietnam Era
Robert Buzzanco

The Men Behind the Trident: SEAL Team One in Vietnam
Dennis J. Cummings (Editor)
Listed under Navy Seals

Mobile Guerrilla Force : With the Special Forces in War Zone D
by James C. Donahue
Paperback - 304 pages Reprint edition (April )
St Martins ISBN: 0312961642

Never Without Heroes : Marine Third Reconnaissance Battalion in Vietnam, 1965-70
Lawrence C., Jr. Vetter
Chronicles the true story of a Marine reconnaissance battalion in Vietnam, from the grueling and deadly recon patrols, to the agonizing deaths of men who put their lives on the line every day.

Night of the Silver Stars : The Battle of Lang Vei (Special Warfare Series)
by William R. Phillips, William C. Westmoreland
Hardcover - 272 pages
United States Naval Inst.; ISBN: 1557506914

Nixon's Vietnam War (Modern War Studies)
Jeffrey P. Kimball
A critical look at the policies of Kissinger and Nixon gives the lie to the spin doctors.

No Peace, No Honor : Nixon, Kissinger, and Betrayal in Vietnam
by Larry Berman
Free Press
Hardcover - 272 pages

No Shining Armor: The Marines at War in Vietnam
Otto J. Lehrack
Paperback / Published 1992

The NVA and Viet Cong (Elite Series No. 38)
by Conboy Ken, et al
(Paperback -  January 1992)
Special Order

Once upon a Distant War : David Halberstam, Neil Sheehan, Peter Arnett - Young War Correspondents and Their Early Vietnam Battles
William Prochnau 
Once Upon a Distant War tells the stories of such young Vietnam war correspondents as Neil Sheehan, Peter Arnett, and David Halberstam, providing a riveting chronicle of high adventure and brutal slapstick, gallantry and cynicism, as well as a vital addition to the history they shaped. "Prochnau . . . tells a Vietnam story we haven't heard before. . . . Complex, witty, and humane."--Tobias Wolf.

One Shot-One Kill
Charles W. Sasser, Craig Roberts
Snipers made up a vital part of the American military machine in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Beirut. They honed the vital art of delivering a single accurate shot from nowhere - devastating enemy morale. Here is a powerful tribute to these important but often overlooked fighters.
Paperback / Published 1990

Operation Tuscaloosa: 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines at An Hoa, 1967
John J. Culbertson

Pathfinder : First In, Last Out
by Richard R. Burns
December 1967: Richard Burns had just arrived in Vietnam as part of the fourteen-man 101st Pathfinder Detachment. Within just one month, during a holiday called Tet, the Communists would launch the largest single attack of the war--and he would be right in the thick of it. . . . In Vietnam, Richard Burns operated in live-or-die situations, risking his life so that other men could keep theirs. As a Pathfinder--all too often alone in the middle of a hot LZ--he guided in helicopters disembarking troops, directed medevacs to retrieve the wounded, and organized extractions. As well as parachuting into areas and supervising the clearing of landing zones, Pathfinders acted as air-traffic controllers, keeping call signs, frequencies, and aircraft locations in their heads as they orchestrated takeoffs and landings, often under heavy enemy fire. From Bien Hoa to Song Be to the deadly A Shau Valley, Burns recounts the battles that won him the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and numerous other decorations. This is the first and only book by a Pathfinder in Vietnam . . . or anywhere else.
Paperback - 416 pages (February 26, )
Ivy Books; ISBN: 0804116024

Phase Line Green : The Battle for Hue, 1968
by Nicholas Warr, Jack Shulimson (Introduction)

Platoon - Bravo Company
by Robert Hemphill, Joseph L. Galloway
Hardcover - 210 pages 1 edition (October 1, )
Sergeant Kirkland's; ISBN: 1887901256

Point Man
James, Chief Watson
Listed under Navy Seals

Primer of the Helicopter War
by Charles Holley, Mike Sloniker
Listed under Air War Vietnam

Protest and Survive : Underground GI Newspapers during the Vietnam War
by James Lewes
Book Description: Drawing from more than 120 newspapers, published between 1968 and 1970, this study explores the emergence of an anti-militarist subculture within the U.S. armed services. These activists took the position that individual GIs could best challenge their subordination by working in concert with like-minded servicemen through GI movement organizations whose behaviors and activities were then publicized in these underground newspapers. In examining this movement, Lewes focuses on their treatment of power and authority within the armed forces and how this mirrored the wider and more inclusive relations of power and authority in the United States. He argues that this opposition among servicemen was the primary motivation for the United States to withdraw from Vietnam.
Hardcover from Praeger Publishers

Red Thunder, Tropic Lightning : The World of a Combat Division in Vietnam
Eric M. Bergerud
This honest, unflinching narrative presents the personal stories of the 25th Infantry--the division that inspired Oliver Stone's film, Platoon. Bergerud contends that the Vietnam War was lost in the field, where divisions like the 25th Infantry were obliged to fight in massive, expensive, and seemingly pointless campaigns against a stubborn, resilient enemy.

Requiem: By the Photographers Who Died in Vietnam and Indochina
by Horst Faas (Editor), Tim Page (Editor), David Halberstam (Introduction)
Listed under Images of War

Rescue Under Fire : The Story of Dust Off in Vietnam
(Schiffer Military/Aviation History)
by John L. Cook
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; ISBN: 0764304615
Special Order
A Rumor of War
by Philip Caputo
Paperback: 356 pages
Owlet; ISBN: 080504695X; Reprint edition (November )

The Secret War Against Hanoi : Kennedy and Johnson's Use of Spies, Saboteurs, and Covert Warriors in North Vietnam
by Richard H., Jr Shultz
Listed under Spies and Subversion

Shooting at the Moon : The Story of America's Clandestine War in Laos
Roger Warner
... chronicles a covert operation that used Hmong villagers as guerrilla fighters against the North during the Vietnamese War. Thought to be an expendable resource by Central Intelligence Agency strategists, the Hmong died by the thousands fighting the North Vietnamese. Those who survived were abandoned to their fate when the United States pulled out of the war.
Steerforth Press; ISBN: 1883642361

Silent Warrior : The Marine Sniper's Vietnam Story Continues
by Charles W. Henderson

Six Silent Men : 101st Lrp/Rangers (Vol 1)
Reynel Martinez 
Old timers called it the suicide unit. Whether conducting prisoner snatches, search and destroy missions, or hunting for the enemy's secret base, LRRPs depended on each other 110 percent. Author Reynel Martinez, a 101st LRRP Detachment veteran, takes readers into the lives and battles of these extraordinary men.
Usually ships promptly 

Six Silent Men (101st Lrp/Rangers, No 2)
Kenn Miller
The 1st Brigade LRRPs of the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam became the most highly decorated company in the history of the Division. Db.

SOG: A Photo History of the Secret Wars
by John L. Plaster
Listed under Special Forces

Spies and Commandos : How America Lost the Secret War in North Vietnam (Modern War Studies)
by Kenneth J. Conboy, Dale Andrade
In 1960 the CIA launched an operation using South Vietnamese to infiltrate Hanoi. It was an abject failure. Db.
Paperback: 358 pages
Univ Pr of Kansas; ISBN: 0700611479; Reprint edition

Steel My Soldiers' Hearts: The Hopeless to Hardcore Transformation of the U.S. Army, 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry, Vietnam
by David H. Hackworth with Eilhys England

Steel My Soldiers' Hearts is retired Colonel David Hackworth's account of his tour of duty in Vietnam commanding the 4/39th, an infantry battalion operating south of Saigon in the Mekong River delta. Poorly led (the previous commander had based the battalion in the middle of a mine field), with frightfully high casualties (40 percent during the six months prior to Hackworth's arrival), and fighting in the most dangerous of terrain, the 4/39th was a dispirited and demoralized group when Hackworth assumed command in January, 1969. Upon arrival, Hackworth fired many of the senior officers and then put the 4/39th through "Combat 101," which made him so unpopular that at one point Hackworth was warned of a bounty some of his men had put out on him.

Over the next five months, however, Hackworth would transform the 4/39 from "hopeless to hardcore," dramatically reverse the casualty rate, score some spectacular victories over the Viet Cong, and earn the undying respect of his troops. Here's a gung ho and earthy firsthand account of the Vietnam War that fans of We Were Soldiers Once... will appreciate. --Harry C. Edwards -

The author, who served his second tour of duty in Vietnam as a 9th Infantry Division battalion commander, went on to become a military analyst for Newsweek. Db.
Hardcover: 512 pages
Rugged Land; ISBN: 1590710029; 1st edition

Strategy in Vietnam: The Marines and Revolutionary Warfare in I Corps, 1965-1972
Michael A. Hennessy

Stolen Valor : How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History
by B. G. Burkett, Glenna Whitley (Preface)
Verity Press
Hardcover - 692 pages 1 edition (September 1, )

Street Without Joy
by Bernard B. Fall
Listed under French Indochina War

Tan Phu: Special Forces Team A-23 in Combat
Leigh Wade

Team Sergeant: A Special Forces NCO at Lang Vei and Beyond
William T. Craig

Tet Offensive 1968 : Turning Point in Vietnam (Campaign Series, No. 4)
by James R. Arnold.
Paperback (June 1990)

A Time for War : The United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975
Robert D. Schulzinger
Based on newly available primary sources, both in private and public archives, a full-length history of the Vietnam conflict based entirely on primary material encompasses three decades of war and paints a political and social portrait of the times.
Paperback: 397 pages
Oxford University Press; ISBN: 0195125010; (December )

The Tunnels of Cu Chi
Tom Mangold

Vietnam Airborne
Gordon Rothman, et al
Listed under US Army Uniforms

Vietnam Marines 1965-73 (Elite Series, No 43)
by Charles D. Melson, Kevin Lyles (Illustrator)
Listed under US Army Uniforms

Vietnam Shadows : The War Its Ghosts and Its Legacy
by Andrew F. Krepinevich

Paperback Reprint edition (March 1988)
Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; ISBN: 0801836573

Very Crazy, G.I. : Strange but True Stories of the Vietnam War
by Kregg P. J. Jorgenson

In this compelling, highly unusual collection of amazing but true stories, U.S. soldiers reveal fantastic, almost unbelievable events that occurred in places ranging from the deadly Central Highlands to the Cong-infested Mekong Delta. 

"Finders Keepers" became the sacred byword for one exhausted recon team who stumbled upon a fortune worth more than $500,000--and managed, with a little American ingenuity, to relocate the bounty to the States. Jorgenson also chronicles Marine Sergeant James Henderson's incredible journey back from the dead, shares a surreal chopper rescue, and recounts some heart-stopping details of the life--and death--of one of America's greatest unsung heroes, a soldier who won more medals than Audie Murphy and Sergeant York. 

Whether occurring in the bloody, fiery chaos of sudden ambushes or during the endless nights of silent, gnawing menace spent behind enemy lines, these stories of war are truly beaucoup dinky dau . . . and ultimately unforgettable.
Paperback - 229 pages (January 30, )
Ballantine Books; ISBN: 0804115982

A Very Short War : The Mayaguez and the Battle of Koh Tang (Texas A&m University Military History, 46) Vol 46
John F. Guilmartin, John Keegan
Hardcover / Published 1995
Vietnam : A History
Stanley Karnow

The War for South Viet Nam, 1954-1975: Revised Edition
by Anthony James Joes (Author)

We Were Soldiers Once...and Young : Ia Drang : The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam
Harold G. Moore
Paperback / Published 1993

This unparalleled eyewitness account draws on the authors' own personal experiences as well as interviews with American soldiers, North Vietnamese commanders, and the families back home, to present a blow-by-blow reenactment of the horrifying human drama of the tide-turning battle at Ia Drang.
Highly Recommended

When I Was a Young Man
by Robert Kerrey, et al
"This is not the story I intended to tell." So writes Medal of Honor winner Bob Kerrey, whose youthful innocence died in the Mekong Delta one midnight in 1969. Kerrey, the former Nebraska senator, touched off controversy when, in 2001, he admitted to having taken part in a Vietnam War incident in which women and children had been killed. That terrible event stands at the center of this book, which, among other things, offers a sharp critique of the conduct of the war; Kerrey writes that it "could not be won because we focused too much on stopping communism and too little on building a free and independent nation." But Kerrey's absorbing memoir, written at a distance of four decades, touches on much more: the lost virtues of 1950s America, small-town life in the heartland, the nature of heroism and patriotism, the camaraderie and sorrow born of combat, and the need to remember the past. Joining the work of Tim O'Brien, Philip Caputo, and other eyewitnesses, Kerrey's account presents grim proof that war is "not what our slogans, propaganda, and childhood fantasies have taught us to believe." --Gregory McNamee -
Hardcover: 352 pages
Harcourt Brace; ISBN: 0151004749; 1st edition (June 6, )
Where We Were in Vietnam: A Comprehensive Guide to the Firebases, Military Installations and Naval Vessels of the Vietnam War, 1945-1975
by Michael Kelley 

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