Does anyone have any recommendations for good books about the Viet Nam war? I'm watching a bbc 4 series about the war, which is fascinating and awful. And I'd like to find out more. I never studied it at school, and knew next to nothing before watching this series. Any good suggestions? Thanks!
In addition to the Tim O'Briens mentioned earlier, I'd recommend Nam by Mark Baker and Long Time Passing by Myra McPherson, they're both really intense as they're heavily based on interviews with veterans, all the harder to read as they were pretty much just kids when they were in Vietnam.
Graham Greene's 'The Quiet American'. It's set in Vietnam well before the full-on American involvement but it's fascinating to read his very subtle take on how the awful picture was just starting to build. And how he pretty much saw the way it would go.
I'm gripped by the TV documentary too. Unmissable but so tragic and doomed from the outset.
Is the BBC showing the Ken Burns series, or is it something of its own? I watched the Burns series, and, same here, I knew almost nothing, and was rushing home every night to see the next program.
I haven't read the books, but from what I've heard, some of the best are: The Best and the Brightest, by David Halberstam A Bright Shining Lie, by Neil Sheehan Dispatches, by Michael Herr Fire in the Lake, by Frances Fitzgerald