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    What books to read about Vietnam

    I'm off there next month with herself. Flying into Hanoi. Can't wait, can't wait!

    I want to read a bit about the war before I go. I heard Chickenhawk was good.

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    Re: What books to read about Vietnam

    The Quiet American - Graham Greene
    We kept waiting
    Still nothing changes
    It's a shame

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    Re: What books to read about Vietnam

    John Pilger has a book about Vietnam I think which is supposed to have some great photography in it, too.

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    Re: What books to read about Vietnam



    think i've got it at home too

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    Re: What books to read about Vietnam

    Good calls so far, lads. Can I add - 'The Cat from Hue' John Lawrence?
    "Take this, brother; may it serve you well."

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    Re: What books to read about Vietnam

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    The Quiet American - Graham Greene
    That's what I came in here to suggest.

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    Re: What books to read about Vietnam

    A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam

    The best book I ever read about the war. My two older brothers served in-country but were smart enough and lucky enough to have desk jobs. This really is a great book.

    I thought Ugly American was set in some Malaysia-like country... Definitely not a factual history of the American experience in the Vietnam War. Hanoi is nice to visit, and definitely a worthwhile experience to see the Hanoi Hilton and the Museum of the American War (or whatever it is they call it there). Have a look at John McCain's flight suit ...

    The Cat from Hue is an awesome book. I forgot about that. If I could only pick one, that would be it. The author spent a looooong time in country.
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    Re: What books to read about Vietnam

    Quote Originally Posted by robitusson View Post
    I'm off there next month with herself.

    Does Robi have a softer, gentler and perhaps fit side?

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    What books to read about Vietnam
    Fields of Fire by James Webb.

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    Re: What books to read about Vietnam

    "When Heaven And Earth Changed Places" by Le Ly Hayslip. It's an harrowing account of a teenage girl's experiences during the war of near-starvation, imprisonment, torture, rape, and the deaths of her family members.

    Counterfeit copies are widely available in Vietnam itself.

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    Re: What books to read about Vietnam



    These boys were not very nice. An interesting (and sad) read.

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    Re: What books to read about Vietnam

    The tunnels of Cu Chi and Chickenhawk. There is another one about My Lai but the name escapes me. I also read an interesting account of an Englishman who served in the war. It wasn't a great book, as it did seem too much like selling the story and spicing it up, but it was interesting to hear from an Englishman.

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    Re: What books to read about Vietnam

    Quote Originally Posted by Bold As Love View Post
    A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam
    If there is one book that captures the Vietnam war in the sheer Homeric scale of its passion and folly, this book is it.

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    Re: What books to read about Vietnam

    Quote Originally Posted by crew View Post
    Does Robi have a softer, gentler and perhaps fit side?
    It's true. She puts up with me and thinks I'm great. I'm doing well keeping anyone from letting her know otherwise also.

    Quote Originally Posted by Oswulf View Post
    near-starvation, imprisonment, torture, rape, and the deaths of her family members.
    A barrel of laughs apparently.

    Good suggestions all. What about places to visit not too far from Hanoi? We'll be limited on time.
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    Re: What books to read about Vietnam

    Quote Originally Posted by robitusson View Post
    What about places to visit not too far from Hanoi?
    you could do a day trip to halong bay. i've bumped my old thread on it for ya

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    Re: What books to read about Vietnam

    Quote Originally Posted by zehner View Post
    you could do a day trip to halong bay.
    i had two close friends go there for three days and from the sounds of it, it's worth much more than a day-trip. they also said good things about sapa.

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