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'No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.'
- Richard M. Nixon

Vietnam War Books

Vietnam Infantry Tactics (book review)
"Vietnam Infantry Tactics" explores how US, Australian and Viet Cong troops adapted and evolved tactics throughout the period of conflict.

War Without Fronts: The USA in Vietnam by Bernd Greiner [book review]
The rape, torture and murder of Vietnamese civilians went on before and after the My Lai massacre - e.g. Task Force Oregon and Operation Speedy Express. "War Without Fronts" casts a ruthless light on that most controversial of American wars - and on Robert McNamara and his associates. They knew about the excessive violence and that civilians were targeted - and they knew that the policy was doomed to failure. Their crime was to allow it to go on. Bernd Greiner's book is a well-documented attack on the war's criminal reality and the failure of American society to come to terms with that. Inevitably a comparison between American and Nazi war crimes grows in the reader's mind. [Buy from Amazon: US, UK, CA, DE, FR]

Book review: Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam
For America the Vietnam War was the traumatic event of the second half of the last century. "Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam" sorts out the 5 years (1961-1966) during which the defense of South Vietnam was Americanized. Tracing the efforts of McGeorge Bundy, it seeks to come to terms with America's entry into its tragedy. In 1961, John F. Kennedy appointed Bundy as National Security Adviser, and for 5 years Bundy performed his duties with articulateness and adeptness. But he lost his grip with the downtrend of Vietnam War, whose public advocate he had become. [Buy from Amazon: US, UK, CA, DE, FR]

Vietnam: The Australian War by Paul Ham
The Australian War is a curate's egg: sometimes revealing and insightful, sometimes sloppy and sparsely referenced - with 814 pages. Yet there are at least 3 examples in the book where Paul Ham has unveiled crucial information about the troubling behaviour of Australian politicians and top military commanders in dealing with the war in Vietnam. It is disturbing to read how the Australian top brass deceived us about the death, on May 24, 1966, of Private Errol Noack - the first national serviceman to be killed in Vietnam. Ham makes it clear that Noack was killed by friendly fire - not by the Viet Cong.

U.S. author`s book about war crimes of American army published
Khong The Chuoc Loi (Failure To Atone) includes true stories about war crimes during the American War in Vietnam as written by a U.S. surgeon Allen Hassan. He describes war crimes of American`s army in Vietnam in his memoirs from two humanitarian tours of Vietnam in 1968-1969. The memoirs not only help readers have a deeper insight into war crimes committed by GIs but also expose the way of thinking of a volunteer doctor as an eyewitness.

New book explores paintings and sketches by soldiers
A book featuring paintings and sketches, mostly of war, by former soldiers and artist Huynh Phuong Dong has been released in Vietnamese. Huynh Phuong Dong - Visions of War and Peace, was earlier published in English in the US. Dong is famous for his collection of over 20,000 sketches, silk, gouache, and oil paintings, as well as wood and bronze sculptures. Most of his works feature forests, the faces of soldiers and guerrillas, and battles and the hardships in a soldier's life during the wars in Vietnam 1945-1975.

Psychological price of war makes for compelling read
Danielle Trussoni's memoir, Falling Through the Earth, recounts her rocky childhood and volatile relationship with her charismatic but violent father. Daniel Trussoni served as a "tunnel rat" in the Vietnam War, searching underground Viet Cong passageways, a deadly occupation that killed his best buddy. He returned from the war "wild and haunted," unable to reassimilate into normal life. Decades later, he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, but by then his relationships had been carpet-bombed to dust. His reminiscences of the war are interwoven seamlessly with Danielle's surreal visit to Vietnam, part of her attempt to understand her father's rage.

The helicopter pilot who stopped the My Lai massacre in Vietnam   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Hugh Clowers "Buck" Thompson, who died Jan. 6 at 62, is remembered as the helicopter pilot who stopped the My Lai massacre on March 16, 1968, by training the guns from his chopper on U.S. troops who were mowing down civilians. Thompson and his crewmen were awarded the Soldier's Medal, the Army's highest decoration for bravery when not confronting an enemy, in 1998. Thompson is the subject of a book "The Forgotten Hero of My Lai" by Trent Angers. On that day, he was flying his H-23 scout helicopter over a part of Quang Ngai province, supporting a 3-company search-and-destroy assault on villages, which faulty intelligence indicated were defended by Vietcong troops.

Operation Medina - Vietnam War with the U.S. Marines
The smell of battle in a hot and humid jungle lingers with Mike Robinson. It's difficult to shake a life-changing experience. He is a vet of the Vietnam War with the U.S. Marines and has vivid recollections of a "search and destroy" mission against the North Vietnamese called Operation Medina. It was a hard-fought, 3-day battle in October 1967 in Quang Tri, South Vietnam. The casualties were high on both sides and it remains an epic chapter in the Vietnam War that's not forgotten. He is a principle character in a book aptly titled "Lions of Medina" written by Doyle Glass and set for release this fall.

Diaries of a North Vietnamese - Saved by intelligence officer
By day, she amputated limbs and comforted the wounded. By night, she filled tiny notebooks with thoughts on suffering and the petty politics undermining the Communist Party and her hatred of American "pirates who drink the people's blood but don't smell the stench." 35 years after a U.S. intelligence officer saved them from being burned, the poignant diaries of a North Vietnamese surgeon named Dang Thuy Tram have reconciled once-bitter enemies. Their publication has become a sensation in Vietnam, opening floodgates of memories in a nation long disciplined to take a sanitized, glorified view of the conflict.