The Best Non-Fiction Books About The Vietnam War

William W. Stilwagen Author Of VIETNAM War SPEAK: The Distinctive Language of the Vietnam Era
By William W. Stilwagen

The Books I Picked & Why

The Bridge at Dong Ha

By John Grider Miller

The Bridge at Dong Ha

Why this book?

This short book depicts the actions of Vietnamese Marine Corps Advisor, John Ripley, and his heroic actions to stop the onslaught of the NVA tank invasion during the 1972 Easter Offensive. It provides a shining example of how one person can affect the outcome of a battle and to never, ever give up. 


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Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills

By Charles Henderson

Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills

Why this book?

A true, non-fiction page-turner. This book describes the harrowing exploits of Sergeant Carlos Hathcock. This highly successful manhunter struck fear into the enemy’s heart. The communists offered an enormous bounty for his dead body. But the only ones who wound up dead, were the enemy.


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Phase Line Green: The Battle for Hue, 1968

By Nicholas Warr

Phase Line Green: The Battle for Hue, 1968

Why this book?

It is rare when an actual participant of a battle can produce such a chilling and accurate narrative that keeps a reader’s attention page after page. This was the Tet Offensive urban battle for the Citadel, a walled city containing a labyrinth of buildings and houses jammed around numerous narrow streets. This was city fighting at its worst. In the end, many thousands of the enemy lay dead.


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We Walked Across Their Graves

By John Strunk

We Walked Across Their Graves

Why this book?

The author has the gift of recall and detail that mesmerizes the reader as to the life of a young, high school dropout who finds himself in the most brutal fighting in the Que Son Valley. He leaves out no account to soften the blows for sensitive readers. He tells it as he experienced it. In the end, this devastating book leaves the reader on a high point... that there is salvation.


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To Hear Silence: Charlie Battery 1st Battalion 13th Marines: The First 15 Months

By Ronald W. Hoffman

To Hear Silence: Charlie Battery 1st Battalion 13th Marines: The First 15 Months

Why this book?

This is a memoir that does not read like a memoir. It brings to the reader the harsh reality of war and a personal perspective on how one perceives war, told without shame or bravado. The reader is brought full circle from the fighting and destruction in 1967-68 to standing on the same battlefields some 45 years later, in peace.


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