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A Better War by Lewis Sorley
" Sorley and other revisionists ignore the fact that "winning" the Vietnam War in a military sense was meaningless because our efforts had no effect on ...more "
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A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
“In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains. In the bed of the river there were pebbles and boulders, dry and white in the sun, and the water was clear and swiftly moving and blue in the channels. Troops went by the house and down the road and the dust they raised powdered the leaves of the trees. The trunks of the trees too were dusty and the leaves fell early that year and we saw the troops marching along the road and the dust rising and leaves, stirred by the breeze, falling and the soldiers marching and afterward the road bare and white except for the leaves.”
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To Beat a Tiger by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis
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I read this book several times in junior high and high school, which is appropriate since it's the story of a pre-teen, young-teen orphan boy in pre-WWII China. Yen and his family are refugees in Japanese-occupied Shanghai where his parents are kille ...more
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Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis
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I read this because one of Lewis's other books, "To Beat A Tiger" is one of my all-time favorites. "Young Fu" is supposed to be the better book, with a Newberry Medal and all. But I found I prefer TBAT. The title character in Young Fu survives by cle ...more
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Westmoreland by Lewis Sorley
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I didn't think much about U.S. commander Gen. William Westmoreland when I was in Vietnam. He was long gone by 1970. But the more I learn about Westmoreland the more I agree with the author of "WESTMORELAND: The General Who Lost Vietnam." The guy was ...more
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White Gold by Giles Milton
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The Short-Timers by Gustav Hasford
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A Hundred Miles of Bad Road by Dwight Birdwell
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Hitchhiking Vietnam by Karin Muller
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It was interesting to read of her impressions and experiences in modern-day Vietnam, but she tended to take at face value anything the locals told her about the war.
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The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
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A grim, accurate account of the Iraq War during the surge.
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Ernest Hemingway
“In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains. In the bed of the river there were pebbles and boulders, dry and white in the sun, and the water was clear and swiftly moving and blue in the channels. Troops went by the house and down the road and the dust they raised powdered the leaves of the trees. The trunks of the trees too were dusty and the leaves fell early that year and we saw the troops marching along the road and the dust rising and leaves, stirred by the breeze, falling and the soldiers marching and afterward the road bare and white except for the leaves.”
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

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