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Additional Reading Suggestions 

Other Works of Fiction Related to the War: 

A Rumor of War

Caputo, Philip, 1977 
The classic Vietnam memoir, as relevant today as it was almost thirty years ago. In March of 1965, Marine Lieutenent Philip J. Caputo landed at Da Nang with the first ground combat unit deployed to Vietnam. Sixteen months later, having served on the line in one of modern history's ugliest wars, he returned home--physically whole but emotionally wasted, his youthful idealism forever gone.

Novel Without A Name

Thu Huong, Duong, 1995
This is the powerful, deeply personal story of Vietnam's war against Americans as lived from the inside by North Vietnamese soldiers and villagers on the front lines. Vietnamese dissident Duong Thu Huong bears personal witness to the horror and spiritual weariness of ten years of war that claimed millions of Vietnamese lives. 

The Quiet American

Greene, Graham, 1955 
The relentless struggle of the Vietminh guerrillas for independence and the futility of the French gestures of resistance become inseparably meshed with the personal and moral dilemmas of these two men and the Vietnamese woman they both love.

Dispatches

Herr, Michael, 1977 
"He seems to have brought to this book the ear of a musician and the eye of a painter . . . the premier war correspondence of Vietnam".--Washington Post. "The best book I have ever read on men and war in our time".--John le Carre". . . . Dispatches puts the rest of us in the shade".--Hunter S. Thompson.

In Country

Mason, Bobbie Ann, 1985 
An extraordinary novel of reconciliation and shared hopes--and a youthful confrontation with the legacy of Vietnam. From the acclaimed author of Shiloh and Other Stories.

The Sorrow of War

Ninh, Bao, 1991 
The first novel of the Vietnam War written from the point of view of the North Vietnamese, The Sorrow of War has been hailed by critics not only as the best novel to emerge from the Vietnam experience, but as one of the greatest war novels of the century.


Compiled by Dr. Ed Martini, WMU Department of History

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