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A Vietnam reading list (part 4)

see the index in part 1

M. North Vietnam, the PAVN and the NLF.

Bui Tin. Following Ho Chi Minh : The Memoirs of a North Vietnamese Colonel. Translated and adapted by Judy Stowe and Do Van; introduction by Carlyle Thayer. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1995.

Burchett, Wilfred. Vietnam : Inside Story of the Guerrilla War. New York: International Publishers, 1965.

Fall, Bernard, ed. Ho Chi Minh on Revolution : Selected Writings, 1920-66. New York: Praeger, 1967.

Lockhart, Greg. Nation in Arms : The Origins of the People's Army of Vietnam. Cambridge, MA: Unwin Hyman, 1989.

Truong Chinh. Primer for Revolt. New York: Praeger, 1963. Contains two shorter works - "The August Revolution" (1946) and "The Resistance Will Win" (1947).

Vo Nguyen Giap. People's War, People's Army. Forward by Roger Hilsman. New York: Praeger, 1962.

N. The Anti-War Movement in the US.

Ehrhart, W.D. Passing Time : Memoir of a Vietnam Veteran Against the War. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1989; 2nd ed, Amherst: University of Masschusetts Press, 1995.

Gioglio, Gerald R. Days of Decision : An Oral History of Conscientious Objectors in the Military During the Vietnam War. Trenton: Broken Rifle Press, 1989.
This work contains the oral history of 24 in-service conscientious objectors, including some who served in Vietnam as medics. All services are represented. The histories include the decision making processes of the individuals, the procedures in the military for the application for CO status, and the court marshalls of some of those relating their narratives. Valuable study of the GI anti-war movement on a personal scale.

Heineman, Kenneth. Campus Wars : The Peace Movement at American State Universities in the Vietnam Era. New York: New York University Press, 1994.

Moser, Richard. The New Winter Soldiers : GI and Veteran Dissent During the Vietnam Era. Perspectives in the Sixties. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1996.
*CORE* Moser, using interviews and oral history, presents a stunning view of the GI Movement - the anti-war protest that grew within the military itself in the later stages of the war, as well as veteran groups (such as the VVAW) who actively opposed the war.

Small, Melvin and William D. Hoover, eds. Give Peace a Chance : Exploring the Vietnam Antiwar Movement. Essays from the Charles Debenedetti Memorial Conference. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1992.

Wells, Tom. The War Within : America's Battle over Vietnam. With a Foreword by Todd Gitlin. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994; reprint paper, Henry Holt, 1996.
*CORE* Wells is a sociologist, and presents in this volume the social impact of the anti-war movement and its effects on government policies. Based on both written sources and interviews from both sides, Wells argues the increasing difficulties in communication and alienation between the two sides, and the media's role as both propagandist and mediator of their discourse. O. Aftermath and Remembrance - Veterans Issues. Kanter, Leona. The Social Construction of Vietnam Veteran's Identity. Ph. D. diss., University of Pittsburgh, 1988. Available through UMI Dissertation Information Service.

MacPherson, Myra. Long Time Passing : Vietnam and the Haunted Generation. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1984; Achor Books, 1993.

Puller, Lewis B. Jr. Fortunate Son : The Autobiography of Lewis B. Puller, Jr. New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1991; Bantam, 1993.
*CORE* Award winning autobiography of a Marine Lieutenant who was the son of the legendary general "Chesty" Puller. Puller lost both legs to a booby trap explosive shorty after starting his tour in Vietnam. Much of the book deals with the challenges Puller faced in adjusting to both his injuries and the social environment in the US concerning the war.

Rohde, Richard R. Identity, Self, and Disorder Among Vietnam Veterans : PTSD and the Emergence of an Electronic Community. Ph. D. diss., University of Hawaii, 1995.
Available through UMI Dissertation Information Service. This is a very interesting study of both the academic discourse involving the social science critique of the bio-medical model of PTSD, and of veterans reaction to it - namely the formation of community. Rohde examines, in particular, the interplay of veterans on an internet mailing list, including their own views on such issues as forgiveness and the interactions of veterans with Dr. Jonathan Shay who presents the bio-medical model in "Achilles in Vietnam".

Scott, Wilbur J. The Politics of Readjustment : Vietnam Veterans Since the War. New York: Aldine deGruyter, 1993.

Shay, Jonathan. Achilles in Vietnam : Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character. New York: Atheneum 1994; Touchstone, 1995.
The author is a psychiatrist for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Boston where he has had extensive dealings with veterans suffering from PTSD. The book tries to illuminate the causes and universality of this illness with passages from the classical Greek epic The Iliad and the witness of Vietnam veterans. An interesting exploration of the bio-medical model. Readers should note the Shay sometimes generalizes from the population of severe chronic PTSD suffers to the wider Vietnam combat veteran population, a weakness in the book. See also Richard Rohde (above) for a critque of parts of this model.

Wilcox, Fred A. Waiting for an Army to Die : The Tragedy of Agent Orange. New York: Vintage, 1983; reprint, Seven Locks Press, 1989.

P. Aftermath and Remembrance - POW/MIAs

Cawthorne, Nigel. The Bamboo Cage: The Full Story of the American Servicemen Still Held Hostage in South-East Asia. London: Leo Cooper, 1991.

Denton, Jeremiah A., with Ed Brandt. When Hell was in Session. Clover,SC: Commission Press, 1976.

Franklin, H. Bruce. M.I.A. or Mythmaking In America. Brooklyn, NY: Lawrence Hill Books, 1992; expanded edition, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1993.

Schemmer, Benjamin F. The Raid: The Full Story of the Extraordinary Top-Secret Mission to Rescue 61 American POWs in a Prison Compound 23 Miles from Hanoi. New York: Harper, 1976

Smith, Chief Warrant Officer Garry L. The Search For MIAs. Columbia, SC: Honoribus Press, 1992.

Stern, Lewis M. Imprisoned or Missing in Vietnam : Policies of the Vietnamese Government Toward Captured and Unaccounted for United States Soldiers 1969-1994. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1995.

Stockdale, Jim and Sybil. In Love and War. New York: Harper and Row, 1984.

United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs (John F. Kerry, Chair). POW/MIAs, Report of the Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, January 13, 1993. 103rd Congress, 1st Session, U. S. Senate Report 103-1. Washington: GPO, 1993.

R. Document Collections and Reference Works.

Gettleman, Marvin E., Jane Franklin, Marilyn Young, and H. Bruce Franklin, ed. Vietnam and America : A Documented History. New York: Grove Press, 1985; 2nd rev ed, Grove Atlantic, 1995.

The Pentagon Papers : The Defense Department History of United States Decisionmaking on Vietnam. Boston: Beacon Press, 1971, 1972. 5 vols.
There are three versions of the Pentagon Papers, the others being:
1. U.S. Congress, House Committee on Armed Services. United States-Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967 : A Study Prepared by The Department of Defense. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1971. 12 volumes. and
2. The Pentagon Papers. New York: Bantam Books, 1971.
All are recommended. The Bantam version primarily contains summaries of the documents by the staff of the New York Times rather than the documents themselves....
[None of the above are presently in print. There is an
abridged version from McGraw Hill. -- DF]

Olson, James S. ed. The Vietnam War : Handbook of the Literature and Research. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1993.

Stanton, Shelby L. Vietnam Order of Battle. Foreword by Gen. William C. Westmoreland. New York: Galahad Books, 1986.

Summers, Col. Harry G., Jr. The Vietnam War Almanac. New York: Facts on File, 1985.

continued in part 5