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Posted: 3/12/2006 7:37:31 PM EDT
My vote goes to.....

The 13th Valley - John Del Vecchio, 1982

2nd place....
Dispatches - Michael Herr
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 7:46:21 PM EDT
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I liked Marine Sniper and Guns Up.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 7:50:08 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 3/12/2006 7:54:21 PM EDT
"Chalie Mike" by Leonard B Scott, don't know if any of it is based on facts but its one you
can't put down. The second part is continued in the book "The Last Run" by the same author.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 8:14:30 PM EDT
I liked all of the above, and wouls add "The Short Timers" and "The Five fingers "
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 8:18:52 PM EDT
I enjoyed most of the above as well, but I gotta add


"We Were Soldiers Once, And Young"


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Link Posted: 3/12/2006 8:32:54 PM EDT
Chickenhawk by Bob Mason Huey slick pilot in the Ia Drang Valley Awesome book
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 9:01:28 PM EDT
I would love to get my hands on a copy of 'The Short-Timers'. If anyone has one, I would buy it from them for a reasonable price.

Bump for other recommendations.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 9:12:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 82ndAbn:
Devil's Guard

I couldn't put it down.



Has this been reprinted at all recently.
Trying to find a copy without paying a arm and a leg
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 9:27:59 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 3/12/2006 9:28:27 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/12/2006 9:28:47 PM EDT by Lumpy196]
Low Level Hell by Hugh Mills

ANYTHING by Keith William Nolan, but mainly:
Battle for Hue: Tet 1968
Into Laos: The Story of Dewey Canyon Ii/Lam Son 719, Vietnam 1971
Into Cambodia, 1970: Spring Campaign, Summer Offensive

Fields of Fire by James Webb

Brennan's War, 1965-1969 by Matthew Brennan

...just a few of my favorites.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 9:41:38 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 3/12/2006 9:48:48 PM EDT
A Rumor Of War by Phillip Caputo

Hell In a Very Small Place (The French Foriegn Legion at Dien Ben Phu) by Bernard B. Fall

Bernard B. Fall was killed several years later covering America's involvement in Vietnam, and Hell in a Very Small Place is one of the best books I have ever read about any conflict.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 9:53:38 PM EDT
Ditto on Keith william Nolan, just got done reading ripcord, operation buffalo was also a great read!
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 10:18:55 PM EDT
Are you looking for a historical account of the whole war, or the experiences of an individual or individuals?

How about The Killing Zone for the latter?
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 10:24:17 PM EDT
A Life in a Year: The American Infantryman in Vietnam, 1965-1972
by James Ebert

amazon link

Maybe not the "best" but it's good.

GL
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 10:25:24 PM EDT
If one wishes to read a book that provides a picture of that the average draftee went through, I suggest If I Die In A Combat Zone by Tim O'Brien. The only flaw in this book is that it is rather subjective, and his moral objections to the war are rather obvious. But he hasn't hidden his bias. It is easy to read through this rather short book and seperate O'Brien's personal opinions from the facts.

The best Viet Nam helicopter autobiography I've read so far is Chickenhawk by Robert Mason. He also wrote a 'sequel' to his Viet Nam autobiography about his post-war life and a rather good science fiction novel about a military android named Solo. But the latter is out of print.

I always opt for autobiographies and biographies when they are available. They're almost always more interesting than the books written by professional historians. Some historians poo-poo autobiographies as unending sources of memory error and personal biases and they are correct to a point. But they also have an agenda- to sell history books.

Galland
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 10:33:29 PM EDT
For the air war:
A Lonely Kind of War
Chickenhawk
On Yankee Station

Ground war:
Dispatches
A Rumor of War
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 10:43:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/12/2006 10:44:17 PM EDT by raven]

Originally Posted By 82ndAbn:
Devil's Guard

I couldn't put it down.



Yeah, that was the most emngrossing Vietnam book I've ever read. Other ones were the Hatchcock story, Chickenhawk, Baptism By Fire, Rumors of War, About Face, cant name any more. But Devil's Guard was the most interesting for some reason.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 11:14:35 PM EDT
I like LRRP the professional.
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Link Posted: 3/13/2006 1:12:44 AM EDT
I really like the book that I think is called "War year"

The basic story follows a infantry soilder from enlistment to his death.
Wish that I could find it.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 1:16:57 AM EDT
93 confirmed kills. The Carlos Hathcock story- nonfiction

Phu Nam- fiction

Link Posted: 3/13/2006 1:53:08 AM EDT
Try "Run between the raindrops" by Dale Dye.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 2:13:52 AM EDT
Fields of Fire, by James Webb

Rumor of War, by Phillip Caputo
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 2:42:47 AM EDT
A Better War: Untold Victories Post Tet 1968 is an outsanding analysis of all that we did right militarily and wrong politically.

The Best and the Brightest for the skinny on how Johnson and Nixon screwed up the management of the war. Read this and you will want to hunt and kill certain politicians.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 3:01:11 AM EDT
We Were Soldiers Once, and Young.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 3:49:09 AM EDT
I believe the "13Th Valley" was a fictional book. I read it twice. We was soldiers was very good. WarDawg
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 3:53:24 AM EDT

Originally Posted By xanadu:
My vote goes to.....

The 13th Valley - John Del Vecchio, 1982

2nd place....
Dispatches - Michael Herr



Wow..you really beat me to it...
I did not care for his "Carry me home".
BTW, I have an ex-LRP friend who flew out a mission with him in Vietnam. He turned mw onto his books.
Chickenhawk deserves an honorable mention. About a guy who went in to the Air Cav as a pilot.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 4:06:06 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 3/13/2006 4:10:34 AM EDT
Tunnels of Chu Chi by T Mangold.

Fiction

Phantom Leader series by Mark Berent F-4 airwar while fiction give some great insight on how the air war was run.

Termite Hill/Lucky's Bridge/Tango Uniform by Tom Wilson Same as above except in F-105 Thuds
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 4:17:14 AM EDT
Any of S.L.A. Marshall's writings on VN. All non-fiction. Ambush, Bird, etc. Great stuff without the Rambo fiction crap. Ditto on Bernanrd Fall.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 4:30:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TheTracker:

Originally Posted By 82ndAbn:
Devil's Guard

I couldn't put it down.



Has this been reprinted at all recently.
Trying to find a copy without paying a arm and a leg



If your not looking for the hardcover I found mine on ebay for 20 bucks so just keep an eye out there
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 4:36:48 AM EDT
I liked Dear Mom by Joe Ward.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 4:46:34 AM EDT
"Sand in the Wind"
By Robert Roth
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 4:47:29 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 4:50:20 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Lumpy196:
Low Level Hell by Hugh Mills

ANYTHING by Keith William Nolan, but mainly:
Battle for Hue: Tet 1968
Into Laos: The Story of Dewey Canyon Ii/Lam Son 719, Vietnam 1971
Into Cambodia, 1970: Spring Campaign, Summer Offensive

Fields of Fire by James Webb

Brennan's War, 1965-1969 by Matthew Brennan

...just a few of my favorites.



You beat me to it! (For a little more info on Mills, with pics, look for Gunslingers in Action, Squadron Publications)

Another good one by Brennan: Hunter Killer Squadron, Aero-Weapons Aero-Scouts Aero-Rifles
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 4:57:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By xanadu:
My vote goes to.....

The 13th Valley - John Del Vecchio, 1982

2nd place....
Dispatches - Michael Herr



100% agree.
both are outstanding reads
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 5:03:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By xanadu:
My vote goes to.....

The 13th Valley - John Del Vecchio, 1982

2nd place....
Dispatches - Michael Herr



I didn't even need to open the post to know the answer.
I concur.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 5:13:20 AM EDT
My top two are SOG and Fields of Fire, I'll haved to try finding Devil's Guard but I have a feeling there may be additional competition on Ebay.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 6:03:01 AM EDT
Maybe not the BEST book written on the Vietnam War, but

When the Buffalo Fight by Lex McAulay

was an outstanding book that gave an insight into the Australian experience in Vietnam, and how their concepts of warfare (particularly jungle warfare) differed from ours.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 6:07:59 AM EDT
West Dickens Avenue by John Corbett
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 6:30:58 AM EDT
I liked "Six Silent Men". Three books in all.
I met the "Black Icycle" that is mentioned in the beginning of book one and had him sign my book.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 6:48:21 AM EDT
Dereliction of Duty
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 6:52:45 AM EDT
Tie: Devil's Guard and Battle for Hue: Tet 1968 by Keith William Nolan.

Amazing books. I kept looking at Devil's Guard's frontispiece to ensure what I was reading was non-fiction. Seriously.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 6:53:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TheTracker:

Originally Posted By 82ndAbn:
Devil's Guard

I couldn't put it down.



Has this been reprinted at all recently.
Trying to find a copy without paying a arm and a leg



Good luck - seriously. I sold my copy for $100. No joke.

(if you look around you can find e-copies of it, I can't remember where)
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 7:51:21 AM EDT
Fortune Favors the Bold, a British citizen joins the army and the LRRP's, great book.
Special Men was good, and Blood on the Risers was good. I can't remember the name of the book, but it was about a black choper pilot who gets shot down with a former kkk member while working for the CIA or SOG and goes on the become the Brig. General of the California National Guard. It was outstanding.
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