What are the best books about the Vietnam war?

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    #1Hell In A Very Small Place

    Hell In A Very Small Place
    Hell in a Very Small Place is Bernard Fall's firsthand account of the siege of Dien Bien Phu, the battle between the French Far East Expeditionary Corps and the Viet Minh nationalist revolutionaries at Dien Bien Phu.
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    Xiang Yang
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "This book really put a lot into perspective for me. So much information that I was clueless about. After reading this book I have a new found understanding for why my father was the way he was. Definitely read this book if you want to understand our Vets."
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    #2The Sorrow of War

    The Sorrow of War
    The Sorrow of War is a book by a former North Vietnamese soldier named Bao Ninh, who gave a controversial firsthand account of how the Vietnam War changed the lives of the people in the country forever.
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    Roger Howard
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "Bao Ninh pens a troubling and painful picture of war from the view of a soldier. That the view is from one who fought against Americans heightens the universal sorrow of war. It underscores the reality that in war the saddest casualties are those who survive."
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    #3The Lotus Eaters

    The Lotus Eaters

    The Lotus Eaters is Tatjana Soli's NYT bestselling novel about Helen, an American photographer in the Vietnam War who is in love with a Vietnamese soldier, who is torn between his love for Helen and his love for his country.

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    John Burke
    Written on February 26, 2018
    "Nice reading book"
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    #4The Things They Carried

    The Things They Carried
    The Things They Carried is an autobiographical collection of stories about Tim O'Brien's experiences in the Vietnam War as an American soldier. It tells tales of humanity and compassion in a time of chaos and violence.
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    José Angel Reséndiz
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "Historical novels have always been some of my favorites to read as they offer interesting perspectives on a lot of events. The Things They Carried has been on my list to read for a long time and this book offered a really nice perspective on the Vietnam war."
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    #5What It Is Like to Go to War

    What It Is Like to Go to War
    What It Is Like to Go to War is Karl Malantes's autobiography detailing his deployment to the steaming jungles of Vietnam as an inexperienced 23-year-old lieutenant in charge of the lives of 40 Marines.
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    Wu Han
    Written on February 27, 2018
    "nice audio book i like it very much."
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    #6In the Lake of the Woods

    In the Lake of the Woods
    In the Lake of the Woods, written by The Things They Carried author Tim O'Brien, is a book about a U.S. Senatorial candidate whose wife mysteriously disappeared days after secrets of his atrocities in the Vietnam War are unraveled.
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    Barbara Jones
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "While I don't believe this is the best book about the VIetnam war because it's a fictional account of someone who comes back and becomes a politician. I was expecting more about the war in general in that timeframe. However, the book is engaging and pretty good story. I finished it within the day."
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    #7Tree of Smoke

    Tree of Smoke
    Tree of Smoke is Denis Johnson's novel about Skip Sands, a spy-in-training, and the Houston brothers, Bill and James, who are Arizona natives that found out what fighting in a war really meant in the jungles of Vietnam.
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    Matthew Beck
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "Tree of Smoke is a fantastic book about the vietnam war. It's powerful and well written and I couldn't put it down until I finished it. "
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    #8Steel My Soldiers' Hearts

    Steel My Soldiers' Hearts

    Steel My Soldiers' Hearts is a comprehensive collection of real stories of the heroic actions of the U.S. Army 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry in the Vietnam War as compiled and presented by Col. David Hackworth himself.

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    George Ramirez
    Written on February 23, 2018
    "My sister gave me a book for Christmas as she knows that I really like. I had never read much on the Vietnam war but the book that she gave me, Steel My Soldiers' Hearts, offers a really nice account of this event. I felt like I got a lot historical information as well as a nice story out of this novel."
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    #9The Short-Timers

    The Short-Timers

    The Short-Timers is a historical fiction book written by Gustav Hasford that revolves around the Vietnam War. The Short-Timers was published on 1983 by Bantam.

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    Paul Harrison
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This seems to be a collectors item now since it's super high priced with no copy being under 40 bucks."
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    #10The 13th Valley

    The 13th Valley
    The 13th Valley is a historical fiction novel about the Vietnam War written by John M. Del Vecchio. The 13th Valley was published on February 15, 1999 by Griffin. 
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    Daniel Lopez
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book is incredible. it shows a clear perspective of what war is and how brutal it is on the participants. After i was done reading i was taken back by how well the author illustrated the soldiers struggles. The book kept my attention the whole time never letting up."
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    #11Going After Cacciato

    Going After Cacciato

    Going After Cacciato is a historical fiction novel written by Tim O' Brien. Going After Cacciato was published on September 1, 1999 by Broadway/Crown Publishing Group.

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    Elizabeth Lawson
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Written in 1999 a good read about the Vietnam War by Tim O'Brein. "
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    #12Fields of Fire

    Fields of Fire

    Fields of Fire is a historical fiction novel of the Vietnam War written by James Webb. The story of the Fields of Fire follows three soldiers from different worlds who are plunged into a white-hot murderous realm of jungle warfare.

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    Ashley Patel
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book seems good. I think the description is good but the description on Amazon is confusing"
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    #13An Enormous Crime

    An Enormous Crime
    An Enormous Crime: The Definitive Account of American POWs Abandoned in Southeast Asia is a history book written by Bill Hendon and Elizabeth A. Stewart. It was released in 2007. It is about the abandonment of American POWs.
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    Alexander Weaver
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "While this is still considered, in my opinion, to be a must have book...I cannot say that it is the best, or one of the best books about the War in Vietnam. It covers a very crucial aspect of the whole deal, but it is just not up there with some of the other great works on the subject!"
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    #14Vietnam War Memorial

    Vietnam War Memorial

    Vietnam War Memorial is a nonfiction book written by Jennifer Burrows. This was originally published in 2009. In this book, the author provides an overview regarding the Vietnam War.

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    Randy Tran
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This book matches with the topic. It is difficult to judge the quality because there is no review available."
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    #15Why Didn't You Get Me Out?

    Why Didn't You Get Me Out?
    Why Didn't You Get Me Out?: A POW's Nightmare in Vietnam is a memoir written by Frank Anton with help from Tommy Denton. It is about the author's anger with the U.S. Government because of their inaction with his captivity.
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    Lawrence Lawrence
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I usually like to read book about wartime efforts and those that just tell their tales. Why Didn't You Get Me Out? was given to me by my father and I really thought that I would like it. I tried to get into this book but just did not connect with this story at all."
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    #16Such a Lovely Little War

    Such a Lovely Little War

    Such a Lovely Little War: Saigon 1961-1963 is a graphic memoir for young adults written and illustrated by French-Vietnamese Marcelino Truong.  It was originally released in French. This current version has the translation from David Homel.

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    Rose Flores
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Absolutely gorgeous novel. I was just captivated by this story. The viewpoint of a child was novel and his memoir is one that everyone should read, not just 'war buffs'."
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    #17The Quiet American

    The Quiet American
    The Quiet American is a thriller and intrigue fiction by Graham Greene about Alden Pyle, the American sent to Saigon during Vietnam's rebellion against France. This book was published in 1956 and was twice adapted into a film.
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    Helen Lawrence
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "Reading has been a hobby of mine for a while now and reading historical fiction is a way that I like to connect and learn about history. The Quiet American really enlightened me about the Vietnam war. I learned a lot about the history meanwhile this book was really entertaining. I loved it."
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    #18Survivor Love Thy Enemy

    Survivor Love Thy Enemy

    Survivor Love Thy Enemy is an inspirational and coming-of-age novel for young adults written by James Dennison. It was published in July 2012. It is about the harsh realities of war and its effects on the other aspects of a young man's life.

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    Benjamin Stewart
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This book is not very popular, but it is indeed a great book. Highly recommend."
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    #19What Doesn't Kill Us

    What Doesn't Kill Us

    What Doesn't Kill Us is a heart-breaking but inspirational memoir for young adults written by Brandy Lien Worrall. It was released on November 11, 2014. It is about a family's bout with PTSD and cancer.

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    Nicholas Mendez
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I have PTSD and this book was a total heart-breaker for me. The one thing it provided was inspiration. I know it is written for young adults and that is not me any more, but this book was a very good read. I am glad that I read it and I am sure you will be too."
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    #20No Surrender Soldier

    No Surrender Soldier

    No Surrender Soldier is a young adult historical fiction book written by Christine Kohler. This war fiction novel is first published in 2014 by Merit Press. 

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    Alice Lucas
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Fiction book about a family touched by the Vietnam War. If you're looking for non fiction books about this war, this is not the book for you. But if you enjoy historical fic about this war, and like reading about realistic stories related to the Vietnam War, you will enjoy this tale of Kiko, whose brother is missing in this war, and his complex family. Realistic depictions of the War make this more than just fiction. "
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    #21Better Times Than These

    Better Times Than These

    Better Times Than These is a historical fiction novel about the Vietnam War written by Winston Groom. Better Times Than These was published on December 1, 1994 by Pocket Books.

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    Terry Jacobs
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This seems like a fantastic choice for the topic that was provided. I mean it's a novel that revolves around the vietnam war so it's not exactly history, but it can help give the reader a sense of atmosphere since it is in fact a narrative. Plus it says forrest gump on the cover so it must be good!"
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    #22Gardens of Stone

    Gardens of Stone

    Gardens Of Stone is a historical fiction novel set during the Gulf War. Gardens Of Stone was written by Nicholas Proffitt and was published on October 1, 1983 by Carroll & Graf Publishers.

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    Rajesh Kapoor
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Not sure about this book. Goes of on some strange tangents and recounts some odd sex scenes. Could've stuck to the combat a little more. I don't know, its good enough and tries to say something but it never really clicked with me."
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    #23Sand in the wind

    Sand in the wind

    Sand in the wind is a historical fiction novel written by Robert Roth. Sand in the wind was set during the Gulf War. Sand in the wind was published on October 1, 1973 by Little, Brown.

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    Douglas Jimenez
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book on the Vietnam war could be a bit heavy, but it is still a good year. It was written by a person involved, and sounds to be pretty good."
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    #24The Uncle's Story

    The Uncle's Story

    The Uncle's Story is a dramatic and inspirational novel for young adults written by Witi Ihimaera. It was first released in 2002. It is about a young man who discovered his uncle's diary and is now discovering things about his uncle.

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    Howard King
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "There is a lot more going on in this book than it just revolving around the Vietnam war. There are a lot of subplots that showcase social views and perceptions during the Vietnam war as well as modern day society. The book offers a very reflective journey that can be insightful and inspiring."
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    #25The Old Man's Trail: A Novel about the Vietcong

    The Old Man's Trail: A Novel about the Vietcong
    The Old Man's Trail: A Novel about the Vietcong is a historical fiction book written by Tom Campbell. The Old Man's Trail: A Novel about the Vietcong was published on September 28, 1995  by US Naval Institute Press.
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    #26Five Years to Freedom

    Five Years to Freedom

    Five Years to Freedom: The True Story of a Vietnam POW is a true-to-life memoir authored by James N. Rowe. It was released in 1984. It is about the author's harrowing five-year captivity in a Vietcong camp.

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    Joan Rose
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I found this a gripping book. It is one of the most exciting stories about the Vietnam war that I have read."

Summary

Best What are the best books about the Vietnam war
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Hell In A Very Small PlaceBooks 29 Paid
2The Sorrow of WarBooks 27 Paid
3The Lotus EatersBooks 24 Paid
4The Things They CarriedBooks 24 Paid
5What It Is Like to Go to WarBooks 23 Paid
6In the Lake of the WoodsBooks 20 Paid
7Tree of SmokeBooks 19 Paid
8Steel My Soldiers' HeartsBooks 17 Paid
9The Short-TimersBooks 14 Paid
10The 13th ValleyBooks 12 Paid
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