Two of the winners of this year’s prestigious National Book Critics Circle Awards—Robert Caro and Ben Fountain—are the authors of books that touch on the Vietnam War. Caro’s The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, which took the best biography award, is the fourth massive volume of Caro’s award-winning bio of LBJ. The book ends with Johnson taking over as President in November of 1963 and making his first momentous decisions about the Vietnam War.
Fountain’s novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which won the NBCC prize for fiction, is a brilliant look at a squad of Iraq War veterans back home in the U.S. A. It contains many flashbacks to that war and a few pointed references to the war in Vietnam and veterans of that war.