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VIETNAM

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THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF GREEN BERET SERGEANT ROY BENAVIDEZ'S HEROIC MISSION TO RESCUE A SPECIAL FORCES TEAM CAUGHT BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Written by ERIC BLEHM

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 04/26/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-13953-3

The true story of the U.S. Army’s 240th Assault Helicopter Company and a Green Beret Staff Sergeant's heroic mission to rescue a Special Forces team trapped behind enemy lines during the Vietnam War, from New York Times bestselling author Eric Blehm. 

On May 2, 1968, a twelve-man Special Forces team covertly infiltrated a small clearing in the jungles of neutral Cambodia—where U.S. forces were forbidden to operate. Their objective, just miles over the Vietnam border, was to collect evidence...

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Written by HWANG SOK-YONG

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 04/29/2014

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80507-4

A novel of the black markets of the South Vietnamese city of Danang during the Vietnam War, based on the author’s experiences as a self-described South Korean mercenary on the side of the South Vietnamese. This is a Vietnam War novel that sees the war from all sides; scenes of battle are well told and the plot is thick with intrigue and complex subplots. Ultimately The Shadow of Arms is a novel of the human condition rather than of the exploits and losses of one side or the other in war.

“An...

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THE FALL OF AN EMPIRE AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA'S VIETNAM
Written by FREDRIK LOGEVALL

Format: Trade Paperback, 864 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 01/14/2014

Price: $22.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-75647-4

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize
Winner of the American Library in Paris Book Award
Winner of the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award
Finalist for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature

Named one of the Best Books of the Year by: The Washington PostThe Christian Science MonitorThe Globe and Mail

Written with the style of a great novelist and the intrigue of a Cold War thriller, Embers of War is a landmark work that will forever change...

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THE FALL OF AN EMPIRE AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA'S VIETNAM
Written by FREDRIK LOGEVALL

Format: Hardcover, 864 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 08/21/2012

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-50442-6

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

Written with the style of a great novelist and the intrigue of a Cold War thriller, Embers of War is a landmark work that will forever change your understanding of how and why America went to war in Vietnam. Tapping newly accessible diplomatic archives in several nations, Fredrik Logevall traces the path that led two Western nations to tragically lose their way in the jungles of Southeast Asia. He brings to life the bloodiest battles of France’s final years in...

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THE TRAGEDY OF AGENT ORANGE
Written by FRED A. WILCOX

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 09/13/2011

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80136-6

“I died in Vietnam, but I didn’t even know it,” said a young Vietnam vet on the Today Show one morning in 1978, shocking viewers across the country. Waiting for an Army to Die: The Tragedy of Agent Orange–the first book ever written on the effects of Agent Orange–tells this young vet’s story and that of hundreds of thousands of other former American servicemen.

During the war, the US sprayed an estimated 12 million gallons of Agent Orange on Vietnam, in order to defoliate close to 5 million...

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LEGACIES OF CHEMICAL WARFARE IN VIETNAM
Written by FRED A. WILCOX
Introduction by NOAM CHOMSKY

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 09/13/2011

Price: $23.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80138-0

Scorched Earth is the first book to chronicle the effects of chemical warfare on the Vietnamese people and their environment, where, even today, more than 3 million people–including 500,000 children–are sick and dying from birth defects, cancer, and other illnesses that can be directly traced to Agent Orange/dioxin exposure. Weaving first-person accounts with original research, Vietnam War scholar Fred A. Wilcox examines long-term consequences for future generations, laying bare the ongoing...

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THE U.S. AIR FORCE AND NORTH VIETNAM, 1966-1973
Written by WAYNE THOMPSON
Foreword by RICHARD P. HALLION

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 07/06/2010

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-588-34283-6

After nearly eighteen months of the largely unsuccessful bombing campaign called Operation Rolling Thunder, the US Air Force began to look for ways to overcome technological, geographical, and political challenges in North Vietnam and use limited air power more effectively. In 1972 the two Linebacker campaigns joined with other air operations to make a dramatic, although temporary, difference. While they unleashed powerful B-52 area bombers, the campaigns also demonstrated the efficacy of...

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A MARINE STORY
Written by JACK MCLEAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Ballantine Books

On Sale: 05/25/2010

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-51016-7

“Kids like me didn’t go to Vietnam,” writes Jack McLean in his captivating memoir, Loon. Raised in suburban New Jersey, he attended the Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, but decided to put college on hold. After graduation in the spring of 1966, faced with the mandatory military draft, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps for a two-year stint. “Vietnam at the time was a country, and not yet a war,” he writes. It didn’t remain that way for long.

A year later, after boot camp at Parris...

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Written by MICHAEL HERR
Introduction by ROBERT STONE

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 02/17/2009

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-27080-1

Written on the front lines in Vietnam, Dispatches became an immediate classic of war reportage when it was published in 1977.

From its terrifying opening pages to its final eloquent words, Dispatches makes us see, in unforgettable and unflinching detail, the chaos and fervor of the war and the surreal insanity of life in that singular combat zone. Michael Herr’s unsparing, unorthodox retellings of the day-to-day events in Vietnam take on the force of poetry, rendering clarity from one of the...

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Written by TA-NEHISI COATES

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 01/06/2009

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-52746-0

Selected for common reading at Widener University (Chester, PA)

An exceptional father-son story about the reality that tests us, the myths that sustain us, and the love that saves us.

Paul Coates was an enigmatic god to his sons: a Vietnam vet who rolled with the Black Panthers, an old-school disciplinarian and new-age believer in free love, an autodidact who launched a publishing company in his basement dedicated to telling the true history of African civilization. Most of all, he was a wily...

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THE DIARY OF DANG THUY TRAM
Written by DANG THUY TRAM

Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 10/07/2008

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-34738-1

“Remarkable. . . . A gift from a heroine who was killed at twenty-seven but whose voice has survived to remind us of the humanity and decency that endure amid—and despite—the horror and chaos of war.”
—Francine Prose, O, The Oprah Magazine

Brutally honest and rich in detail, this posthumously published diary of a twenty-seven-year-old Vietcong woman doctor, saved from destruction by an American soldier, gives us fresh insight into the lives of those fighting on the other side of the Vietnam...

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A MARINE, HIS SON, AND THE LEGACY OF VIETNAM
Written by TOM BISSELL

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/11/2008

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-400-07543-0

In April 1975, as Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese Army, John Bissell, a former Marine officer living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, was glued to his television. Struggling to save his marriage, raise his sons, and live with his memories of the war in Vietnam, Bissell found himself racked with anguish and horror as his country abandoned a cause for which so many of his friends had died.

Opening with a gripping account of the chaotic and brutal last month of the war, The Father of All...

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