Vietnam War List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War

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List of books about the Vietnam War, including jacket cover images when applicable. All these books on the Vietnam War are cataloged here by their prominence. This well-researched Vietnam War bibliography includes out of print titles and generally contains the most popular, famous, or otherwise notable books. This collection of Vietnam War books includes both fiction and non-fiction books about this topic. If you're looking for a list of popular books on the Vietnam War then you're in the right place.

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Heart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness is a novella by Anglo-Polish novelist Joseph Conrad, written as a frame narrative, about Charles Marlow's experience as an ivory transporter down the Congo River in Central ...more

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Dereliction of Duty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies that Led to Vietnam is a book written by then Major, currently Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, ...more

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The sorrow of war is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Bao Ninh The Sorrow of War is a 1990 novel by the Vietnamese writer Bao Ninh. The novel was Ninh's graduation project at the Nguyen Du Writing School in Hanoi and "has been translated into many ...more

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When Hell was in Session is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Jeremiah Denton When Hell was in Session is a memoir by U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Jeremiah Denton, recounting his experiences as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. A United States Naval Aviator, Denton was ...more

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Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Mark Moyar Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965 is a book by Mark Moyar.

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America in Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Guenter Lewy America in Vietnam is a book by Guenter Lewy about America's role in the Vietnam War. The book is highly influential, although it has remained controversial even decades after its publication. ...more

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The 11 Days of Christmas: Amer... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Marshall L. Michel III The 11 Days of Christmas: America's Last Vietnam Battle is a book by Marshall L. Michel III.

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Chickenhawk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Robert Mason Chickenhawk is Robert Mason's narrative of his experiences as a "Huey" UH-1 Iroquois helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. The book chronicles his enlistment, flight training, ...more

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Vietnam: the Necessary War - A... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Michael Lind Vietnam: the Necessary War - A Reinterpretation of America's Most Disastrous Military Conflict is a book by Michael Lind.

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There I Was: The War of Corpor... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
There I Was: the War of Corporal Henry J Morris, USMC is a Vietnam War novel by David Sherman published in 1989 by the Ivy Book imprint of Ballantine Books. The entire novel is written from two ...more

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25-year War is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Bruce Palmer The 25 Year War: America's Military Role in Vietnam is a book by General Bruce Palmer, Jr. about the Vietnam War, and was published in 1984. The book is split into two parts, the first which ...more

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The Green Berets is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Robin Moore The Green Berets is a book written by Robin Moore about the Green Berets during the Vietnam War. First published in 1965, it became a best-selling paperback in 1966. The latest edition was ...more

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Born on the Fourth of July is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Born on the Fourth of July, published in 1976, is the best selling autobiography by Ron Kovic, a paralyzed Vietnam War veteran who became an anti-war activist. Kovic was born on July 4, 1946, ...more

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Platoon Leader is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
James R. McDonough Platoon Leader is a memoir by James R. McDonough. It is narrated by McDonough in first person view and tells of his story in the Vietnam War as a lieutenant in command of 2nd Platoon, Bravo ...more

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The Spitting Image is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory and the Legacy of Vietnam is a 1998 book by sociologist Jerry Lembcke. The book argues that the common claim that American soldiers were spat upon and insulted ...more

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Nam-a-Rama is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Phillip Jennings Nam-a-Rama is a book by Phillip Jennings.

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Surviving Hell: A POW's Journe... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Leo K. Thorsness Surviving Hell: A POW's Journey is a book by Leo K. Thorsness.

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Main Force Assault is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
David Sherman Main Force Assault is a Vietnam War novel by David Sherman published in 1987 by the Ivy Book imprint of Ballantine Books. It is the second novel in Sherman's Night Fighter Series.

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Brotherhood of War is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
W. E. B. Griffin

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Nuremberg and Vietnam: An Amer... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Telford Taylor Nuremberg and Vietnam: An American Tragedy is a book written by Telford Taylor, the Chief Counsel Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials.

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The Secret War Against Hanoi: ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Richard H. Shultz, Jr. The Secret War Against Hanoi: Kennedy and Johnson's Use of Spies, Saboteurs, and Covert Warriors in North Vietnam is a book by Richard H. Shultz, Jr.

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Last day in Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Will Eisner

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A Nghu Night Falls is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
David Sherman A Nghu Night Falls is a Vietnam War novel by David Sherman published in 1988 by the Ivy Book imprint of Ballantine Books. It is the fifth novel in Sherman's Night Fighter Series.

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Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
B. G. Burkett, Glenna Whitley Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History is a self-published book by B.G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley which asserts both that there is a popular view of ...more

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The Barracks Thief is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Tobias Wolff The Barracks Thief is a novella by Tobias Wolff, first published in 1984. The story concerns paratroopers in training during the time of the Vietnam war. Readers of Wolff's memoir In Pharaoh's ...more

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A Rock and a Hard Place is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
David Sherman A Rock and a Hard Place is a Vietnam War novel by David Sherman published in 1988 by the Ivy Book imprint of Ballantine Books. It is the fourth novel in Sherman's Night Fighter Series.

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A Better War: The Unexamined V... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Lewis Sorley A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam is a book by Lewis Sorley.

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Spies and Commandos: How Ameri... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Kenneth Conboy, Dale Andrade Spies and Commandos: How America Lost the Secret War in North Vietnam is a book by Kenneth Conboy and Dale Andrade.

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We Were Soldiers Once ... and ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Joseph L. Galloway, Hal Moore We Were Soldiers Once… And Young is a 1992 book by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore and war journalist Joseph L. Galloway about the Vietnam War. It focuses on the role of the First and Second Battalions ...more

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Brotherhood of War is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
W. E. B. Griffin The Brotherhood of War is a series of novels written by W. E. B. Griffin about the United States Army from the Second World War through the Vietnam War. The story centers on the careers of four ...more

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The Cage is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Tom Abraham, Shirley Meier, S. M. Stirling The Cage is a book by Tom Abraham about his time spent serving in the United States Army in Vietnam and thereafter. It caused controversy among veterans of the war when it was revealed that he ...more

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Reporting Vietnam: Part One - ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Reporting Vietnam: Part One - American Journalism 1959-1969 is Library of America's two-volume collection of American journalism from the war in the form of stories and reports by more than 80 ...more

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Charlie Don't Live Here Anymor... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
David Sherman Charlie Don't Live Here Anymore is a Vietnam War novel by David Sherman published in 1989 by the Ivy Book imprint of Ballantine Books. It is the sixth and final novel in Sherman's Night Fighter ...more

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The Phantom Blooper is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Gustav Hasford The Phantom Blooper is a 1990 novel written by Gustav Hasford and the sequel to The Short-Timers. It continues to follow James T. "Joker" Davis through his Vietnam odyssey. The book ...more

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Reporting Vietnam: Part Two - ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Reporting Vietnam: Part Two - American Journalism 1969-1975 is Library of America's two-volume collection of American journalism from the war in the form of stories and reports by more than 80 ...more

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First Blood is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
David Morrell First Blood is a 1972 novel by David Morrell. It was adapted into the 1982 film starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo.

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Counter-Revolutionary Violence... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman Counter-Revolutionary Violence – Bloodbaths in Fact & Propaganda is a book written by Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman, with a preface by Richard A. Falk. It is a critique of United States ...more

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A Tract of Time is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Smith Hempstone A Tract of Time is an antiwar novel from 1966 by Smith Hempstone, that covers the time period about 1960, when there was an attempted coup of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem. Even as ...more

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Fields of Fire is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Jim Webb Fields of Fire is a novel by James Webb, first published in 1978. It follows the lives of several Marines serving in the Vietnam War. It is told mainly from the viewpoints of three Marines: 2nd ...more

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FLASHBACK Vietnam COVER-UP PTS... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Alan C. Thomas, HMCM/USN, Ret.

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Catfish and mandala is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Andrew X. Pham Catfish and mandala is a book written by Andrew X. Pham.

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The Nightingale's Song is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
The Nightingale's Song is a 1995 book by Baltimore Sun journalist Robert Timberg. It relates the military and political careers of five graduates of the United States Naval Academy, most of whom ...more

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Vietnam Chronicles: The Abrams... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Lewis Sorley Vietnam Chronicles: The Abrams Tapes, 1968-1972 is a book by Lewis Sorley.

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In Pharaoh's Army is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Tobias Wolff In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War is a memoir by Tobias Wolff. The book was originally published on October 4, 1994. The book chronicles the author's experiences as a US Army officer ...more

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Vietnam: The Origins of Revolu... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Vietnam: The Origins of Revolution is a 1966 book by John T. McAlster, Jr. which argues for an original theory on political revolution in Vietnam The book, a revised version of the author's ...more

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When Heaven and Earth Changed ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Le Ly Hayslip When Heaven and Earth Changed Places is a 1989 memoir by Le Ly Hayslip about her childhood during the Vietnam War, her escape to the United States, and her return to visit Vietnam 16 years ...more

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Pay any price is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Lloyd Gardner

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Afterburner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
John Darrell Sherwood

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Free Fire Zones is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War
Kevin Dockery

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Vietnam and other American fan... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Popular Books About the Vietnam War