Recommended Reading: Vietnam War

This is a list of the Vietnam War books we own or have come across in our travels. If you’d like us to add a book, please e-mail us at warthroughgenerations AT gmail DOT com. Thanks!  (**We are constantly adding to this page**)

Most of these books are listed because the Vietnam War is mentioned in the description.  Obviously, we haven’t read all of these, so if you read one and discover that the Vietnam War is not a primary or secondary theme, please e-mail us and let us know so we can take it off the list.  Thanks!

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A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America’s Last Years in Vietnam by Lewis Sorley

A Bright and Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan

A Brother of Jackals by Brian Carland

A Cambodian Odyssey by Hain Ngor

A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler

A Hard Place:  A Sergeant’s Tale by Jacamo Peterson

A Hundred Feet Over Hell by Jim Hooper

A Lifetime of Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh

A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata

A Piece of My Heart : The Stories of 26 American Women Who Served in Vietnam by Keith Walker

A People’s History of the Vietnam War by Jonathan Neale and Howard Zinn

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo

A Sense of Honor by James Webb

A Vietcong Memoir : An Inside Account of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath by Troung Nhu Tang

Absolution by Miriam Herin

Acceptable Loss b Kregg P. Jorgenson

Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character by Jonathan Shay

Across the Mekong River by Elaine Russell

Across the Pond by Michael McCormick

After the Fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld

After the Flag Has Been Folded: A Daughter Remembers the Father She Lost to War — and the Mother Who Held Her Family Together by Karen Spears Zacharias

After the Massacre: Commemoration and Consolation in Ha My and My Lai by Heonik Kwon

After Sorrow: An American Among the Vietnamese by Lady Borton

All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg

Altamont Augie by Richard Barager

America’s Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975 by George C. Herring

America’s War in Vietnam: A Short Narrative History by Larry H. Addington

America’s White Table by Margot Theis Raven, illustrated by Mike Benny

An Unknown Journey by Dao Huynh

…and a hard rain fell by John Ketwig

Arrival Point by Phillip H. McMath


The Bamboo Bed by William Eastlake

Baptism: A Vietnam Memoir by Larry Gwin

The Barracks Thief by Tobias Wolff

The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb

Becoming the Happiest Human Being on the Planet by Thach JD Hoang

The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam

The Bird Skinner by Alice Greenway

Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam 1973-75 by George J. Veith

The Black Echo by Michael Connelly

Blackhorse Rider’s: A Desperate Last Stand, an Extraordinary Rescue Mission, and the Vietnam Battle America Forgot by Philip Keith

Blackjack-34 by James C. Donahue

The Boat by Nam Le

Blood Trails:  The Combat Diary of a Foot Soldier in Vietnam by Christopher Ronnau

Bloods: Black Veterans of the Vietnam War: An Oral History by Wallace Terry

Blue World by Robert McCammon

The Boat of Dreams:  A Christmas Story by Richard Preston and George Henry Jennings

Body Count by William Huggert

Born in the ’40’s, Raised in the ’50’s, Died in the ’60s by George Brondsema

Born On the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic

Borrowed Time: A Medic’s View of the Vietnam War by Charles M. Kinney and Pamela Gillis Watson

The Boys of ’67 by Dr. Andrew Wiest

Brewster by Mark Slouka

The Bridge at Dong Ha by John Grider Miller

Bringing Back the Dead by Joe Domenici

The Brothers K by David James Duncan

The Brutality of War, A Memoir of Vietnam by Gene Dark


Camelot’s Court by Robert Dallek

The Candlestickmaker by Dennis McDougal

Charlie One Five; One Marine Company’s Vietnam War by Nicholas Warr

Chasing Stardust by Laurel-Rain Snow

Cherries: A Vietnam War Novel by John Podlaski

Chopper Warriors: Kicking the Hornet’s Nest by William Peterson

Chummy’s Spirit by Hal Clark

Comeback Love by Peter Golden

Condemned Property? by Dusty Trimmer

The Cool Woman by John Aubrey Anderson

Cracker! by Cynthia Kahohata


A Dangerous Friend by Ward Just

Darkroom by Joshua Graham

Days of Valor: An Inside Account of the Bloodiest Six Months of the Vietnam War by Robert Tonsetic

Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam by Bernard Edelman

Dien Cai Dau by Yusef Komunyakaa

Dispatches by Michael Herr

Distant Road by Nguyen Duy, translated by Kevin Bowen and Nguyen Ba Chung

Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone

Dogtag Summer by Elizabeth Partridge

Dragon House by John Shors

Drifters by James Michener


The Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars byAndrew X. Pham

Eli the Good by Silas House

Ending the Vietnam War:  A History of America’s Involvement in and Extrication from the Vietnam War by Henry Kissinger

The Endless Tour: Vietnam, PTSD, and the Spiritual Void by M.A. Rev. Amy L. Snow

Escape from Saigon by Andrea Warren

Escape With Honor:  My Last Hours in Vietnam by Francis Terry McNamara and Adrian Hill

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

Exiles by Elliot Krieger


The Fall of Saigon by Michael V. Uschan

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

Falling Through the Earth by Danielle Trussoni

Fatal Light by Richard Currey

The Father of All Things by Tom Bissel

Fielder’s Choice by J. Mark Hart

Fields of Fire by James Webb

Filtered by Time: A True Story of Success in Vietnam by Robert Faulkender

Fire in the Lake by Frances FitzGerald

Flashbacks: On Returning to Vietnam by Morley Safer

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

For Rouenna by Sigrid Nunez

Forrest Gump by Winston Groom

Fortunate Son:  The Healing of a Vietnam Vet, by Lewis Puller

For Rouenna by Sigrid Nunez

Four Hours in My Lai:  A War Crime and its Aftermath by Kevin Sim and Micheal Bilton

Fragrant Palm Leaves by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Frangipani Hotel by Violet Kupersmith

From Pearl Harbor to Saigon:  Japanese American Soldiers and the Vietnam War by Toshio Whelchel

Full Moon Boat by Fred Marchant


Ghosts of War in Vietnam by Heonik Kwon

The Girl in the Picture:  The Remarkable Story of Vietnam’s Most Famous Casualty by Denise Chong

Going After Cacciato by Tim O’Brien

Gone Native: An NCO’s Story by Alan Cornett

Goodbye Vietnam by Robert W. Wood

Green Rice by Lam Thi My Da, translated by Martha Collins

Greetings From the Planet Earth by Barbara Kerley

Guns Up! by Johnnie M. Clark


The Ha-Ha by Dave King

The Headmaster’s Wager by Vincent Lam

The Healer of Fox Hollow by Joann Rose Leonard

The Healer’s War by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King

Hearts, Minds, and Coffee: A Vietnam Peace Odyssey by Kent Hinckley

Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War by Bruce Henderson

Hill 488 by Ray Hildreth and Charles W. Sasser

HOOCH: A Grunt’s Odyssey in Nam ’67 by Richard Gangelhoff


I Can Still Hear Their Cries, Even In My Sleep: A Journey Into PTSD by E. Everett McFall

I Was a Pilot for the Mob by David Samuels

If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box me up and Ship me Home by Tim O’Brien

In Country by Bobbie Ann Mason

In Retrospect:  The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam by Robert S. McNamara

In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O’Brien

In the Path of Flying Objects by Andrew Smith

In the Presence of Mine Enemies by Howard and Phyllis Rutledge

In the River Sweet by Patricia Henley

In the Wake of the Boatman by Jonathon Scott Fuqua

I, Sniper by Stephen Hunter

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

It Wasn’t Like Nothing: One Marine’s Adventure in Vietnam by Thomas J. Hynes


July, July by Tim O’Brien


Kaleidoscope Eyes by Jen Bryant

Keep Your Head Down by Doug Anderson

KIA: A Dr. Kel McKelvey Novel by Thomas Holland

The Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War by Frederick Downs Jr.


Land With No Sun: A Year in Vietnam With the 173rd Airborne by Ted Arthurs

Larry Burrows: Vietnam by Larry Burrows and David Halberstam

Last Man Out: A Personal Account of the Vietnam War by James E. Parker Jr.

Last Night I Dreamed of Peace:  An Extraordinary Diary of Courage from the Vietnam War by Dang Thuy Tram

Last Reflections on a War by Bernard B. Fall

The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang

Left for Dead by Jon Hovde and Maureen Anderson

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

Letter to My Daughter by George Bishop, Jr.

Letters from Vietnam by Bill Adler

Lessons From the Vietnam War:  Truths the Media Never Told You by Leonard Scruggs

Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam by Gordon M. Goldstein

Lily’s Ghost by Cheryl Drake Harris

Lions of Medina by Doyle Glass

Lizzie’s War by Tim Farrington

The Long Gray Line by Rick Atkinson

Loon: A Marine Story by Jack McLean

Lost Soldiers by James Webb

The Lotus Eaters by Tatiana Soli

The Lotus and the Storm by Lan Cao

Love Beneath the Napalm by James D. Redwood

Lulu in the Sky by Loung Ung


Major Problems in the History of the Vietnam War by Robert McMahon and Thomas Paterson

Making of a Quagmire:  American and Vietnam During the Kennedy Era by David Halberstam

The Man From Saigon by Marti Leimbach

MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors by Richard Hooker

Masters of the Art: A Fighting Marine’s Memoir of Vietnam by Ronald E. Winter

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes

Missions of Fire and Mercy: Until Death Do Us Part by William E. Peterson

Mrs. Lieutenant: A Sharon Gold Novel by Phyllis Zimbler Miller (click here for a lesson plan for grades 9-12)

Mountain River: Vietnamese Poetry edited by Kevin Bowen and Bruce Weigl

My Detachment by Tracy Kidder


NAM by Mark Baker

Nam Vet:  Making Peace With Your Past by Chuck Dean

Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me by Nan Marino

The Nightingale’s Song by Robert Timberg

No Man’s Land by Duong Thu Huong

No Place to Hide: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Gerry Carroll

No Surrender Soldier by Christine Kohler

Northern Lights by Tim O’Brien

Not By the Book: A Combat Intelligence Officer in Vietnam by Eric Smith

Nothing Left to Lose by Allan G. Johnson

Novel Without a Name by Duong Thu Huong


Of Spies and Lies by John Sullivan

Once a Warrior King: Memories of an Officer in Vietnam by David Donovan

One Day Too Long by Timothy Castle

One Holy Night by J.M. Hochstetler

100 Missions North: A Fighter Pilot’s Story of the Vietnam War by Kenneth H. Bell

On Strategy: A Critical Analysis of the Vietnam War by Harry G. Summers

The Other Side by Jason Aaron and Cameron Stewart

Our Vietnam:  The War 1954-1975 by A.J. Langguth

Our War:  What We Did in Vietnam and What It Did to Us by David Harris

Outlaws in Vietnam by David Eastman


Paco’s Story by Larry Heinemann

Paradise of the Blind by Duong Thu Huong

Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered From All Sides by Christian G. Appy

Perfect Spy by Larry Berman

Phantom Warriors:  LRRPs, LRPs, and Rangers in Vietnam by Gary Linderer

In Pharoah’s Army:  Memories of the Lost War by Tobias Wolff

Phase Line Green; The Battle for Hue, 1968 by Nicholas Warr

Platoon Leader: A Memoir of Command in Combat by James R. McDonough

Playing Basketball With the Viet Cong by Kevin Bowen

Plum Wine by Angela Davis-Gardner

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Vietnam War by Phillip Jennings

Poppies, Pipes, and People by Joseph Westermeyer

Pucker Factor 10: Memoir of a U.S. Army Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam by James Joyce


The Quiet American by Graham Greene


The Raid by Benjamin F. Schemmer

RAMJET: My Secret Life With PTSD by Roger Blake

Reconciliation Road byJohn Douglas Marshal

Red Smoke: A Buck Wood’s Novel by Miles D. Fleming

The Reeducation of Cherry Truong by Aimee Phan

Reflections of a Warrior: Six Years as a Green Beret in Vietnam by Franklin D. Miller and Elwood J.C. Kureth

Remembering Heaven’s Face:  Moral Witness in Vietnam by John Balaban

Requiem:  By the Photographers Who Died in Vietnam and Indochina by Horst Faas and Tom Page

Ride the Thunder: A Vietnam War Story of Honor and Triumph by Richard Botkin

The Right War by Nathan Maddox

Ripcord: Screaming Eagles Under Siege, Vietnam 1970 by Keith William Nolan

The Road Home by Ellen Emerson White

Rock ‘n’ Roll Soldier: A Memoir Dean Ellis Kohler with Susan VanHecke

Rolling Thunder in a Gentle Land: The Vietnam War Revisited by Andrew Wiest

ROTORS: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Roger Gallagher

Rules for Old Men Waiting by Peter Pouncey

The Running Man by Michael Gerard Bauer

Running With the Enemy by Lloyd Lofthouse


Saigon: An Epic Novel of Vietnam by Anthony Grey

Saint Training by Elizabeth Fixmer

SEAL Warrior by Thomas Keith

Search and Destroy by Dean Hughes

II CORPS: the CIA in Vietnam by Tim Lilly

Semper Cool by Barry Fixler

Semper Fi: Vietnam by Edward Murphy

Steinbeck in Vietnam: Dispatches from the War edited by Thomas E. Barden

The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud

Shooting the Moon by Frances O’Roark Dowell

The Short-Timers by Gustav Hasford

Shrapnel in the Heart by Laura Palmer

Snake’s Daughter by Gail Hosking Gilberg

SOG: The Secret Wars of America’s Commandos in Vietnam by Major John Plaster and General John Singlaub

Song of Napalm by Bruce Weigl

The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh

Stalking the Vietcong: Inside Operation Phoenix by Stuart Herrington

Street Without Joy by Bernard Fall

Strength & Honor:  America’s Best in Vietnam by Terry Garlock

Surviving Hell by Leo Thorsness


Tales of Ramasun: US Spooks and Spies in Thailand During the Vietnam War by M.H. Burton

10,000 Days of Thunder by Phillip Caputo

Tested in the Fire of Hell by Richard Vnuk

Then Came the Evening by Brian Hart

They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace Vietnam and America October 1967 by David Maraniss

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

13 Cent Killers, The 5th Marine Snipers in Vietnam by John J. Culbertson

The 13th Valley by John Del Vecchio

Thirty Days With My Father: Finding Peace from Wartime PTSD by Christal Presley

This Must Be My Brother by Leann Thieman and Carol Dey

365 Days by Ronald Glasser

365 and a Wake-Up by Frank Jolliff

Tiger the Lurp Dog by Kenn Miller

The Time in Between by David Bergen

Tipping Point by Fred Marchant

To the Limit: An Air Cav Huey Pilot in Vietnam by Tom A. Johnson

Tragedy in Paradise, A Country Doctor’s Story by Doctor Charles Weldon

Trang Sen by Sarah-Ann Smith

Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson

Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965 by Mark Moyar

12, 20, 5: A Doctor’s Year in Vietnam by John Parrish

The Twins Platoon by Christy Sauro


The Ugly American by Eugene Burdick and William Lederer

Unexpected Gifts by S.R. Mallery

The Unwanted: A Memoir of Childhood by Kien Nguyen

Up Country by Nelson DeMille


Valor in Vietnam: Chronicles of Honor, Courage, and Sacrifice 1963-1977 by Allen B. Clark

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

Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace edited by Maxine Hong Kingston

Vietnamerica:  A Family’s Journey by GB Tran

Vietnam by Mary McCarthy

Vietnam: A History by Stanley Karnow

Vietnam: A Portrait of its People at War by David Chanoff and Doan Van Toai

Vietnam: The History of an Unwinnable War, 1945-1975 by John Prados

Vietnam: The Necessary War by Michael Lind

Vietnam: The Real War: A Photographic History by Associated Press and Pete Hamill

Vietnam at War: The History, 1946-1975 by Phillip B. Davidson

Vietnam Medal of Honor Winners by Edward F. Murphy

The Vietnam Reader Edited by Stewart O’Nan

The Vietnam Reader by Walter Capps

The Vietnam Trilogy by Walter C. Kuhlman

Vietnam Veterans Since the War: The Politics of Ptsd, Agent Orange, and the National Memorial by Wilbur J. Scott

The Vietnam War by Mitchell K. Hall

The Vietnam War by Katie Daynes

The Vietnam War: A Concise International History by Mike Atwood Lawrence

The Vietnam War: A Graphic History by Dwight Jon Zimmerman, Chuck Horner, and Wayne Vansant

The Vietnam War: A History in Documents by Marilyn B. Young, John J. Fitzgerald, and A. Tom Grunfeld

The Vietnam War on Trial: The My Lai Massacre and the Court Martial of Lieutenant Calley by Michael Belknap

The Vietnam War in American Stories, Songs, and Poems by H. Bruce Franklin

Vietnam Wars 1945-1990 by Marilyn Young

Vietnam Wives: Facing the Challenges of Life With Veterans Suffering Post-Traumatic Stress by Aphrodite Matsakis

The Vietnamese and Their Revolution by John T. McAlister, Jr. and Paul Mus

Virgin Soul by Judy Juanita

The Voice I Just Heard by Susan Dormady Eisenberg


The Waiting by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Waiting Wives: The Story of Schilling Manor, Home Front to the Vietnam War by Donna Moreau

The Walking Dead: A Marine’s Story of Vietnam by Charles W. Sasser and Craig Roberts

The Wall: Images and Offerings From the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Michael Norman

Wandering Souls by Wayne Karlin

War & Watermelon by Rich Wallace

The War Above the Trees by Ronald Carey

The War Behind Me:  Vietnam Veterans Confront the Truth About U.S. War Crimes by Deborah Nelson

War Child:  A Story of Survival by Juliet Lac

The War Comes Home by Aaron Glanz

War Comes to Long an:  Revolutionary Conflict in a Vietnamese Province by Jeffrey Race

War of Numbers by David Hackworth, Sam Adams

War Stories: An Enlisted Marine in Vietnam by Stephen G. MacDonald

War Torn: Stories of War from the Women Reporters who Covered Vietnam by Tad Bartimus, Tracy Wood, Kate Webb, Laura Palmer, Edith Lederer, and Jurate Kazickas

Warriors:  An Infantryman’s Memoir of Vietnam by Robert Tonsetic

War’s Trophies: A Tale of Vietnam by Henry Morant

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (Ret.) and Joseph L. Galloway

We Were Brothers by Dane Hoover

We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (Ret.) and Joseph L. Galloway

What Harry Saw by Thomas Moran

What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes

What Should We Tell Our Children About Vietnam? by Bill McCloud

When Heaven and Earth Changed Places by Le Ly Hayslip and Jay Wurtz

When Soldiers Cried by David Shea

Whitewash/Blackwash: Myths of the Viet Nam War by B. Laurie

Why Are We in Vietnam: A Novel by Norman Mailer

The Wind Whispers War: A Vietnam Love Story by kgcummings

Window on a War: An Anthropologist in the Vietnam Conflict by Gerald Cannon Hickey

Wings of Air America by Terry Love

The Women Carry River Water by Nguyen Quang Thieu, translated by Martha Collins

Wounded:  Vietnam/Iraq by Ronald Glasser


Xin Loi, Viet Nam:  Thirty-One Months of War: A Soldier’s Memoir by Al Sever


The Year of the Monkey: A Novel by William Lewis


The Zenith by Duong Thu Huong

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