Five Best Vietnam War Books?

Here’s an admittedly subjective list, posted on the Military History Now website, put together by Mark Massé, a Ball State University literary journalism professor. It’s based on his book, Vietnam Warrior Voices, which we will be reviewing soon on The VVA Veteran‘s Books in Review II page.

Three are novels, two of which were written by Vietnam War veterans. One is literary nonfiction by a Vietnam War veteran; the other is creative (that is, partly made up) nonfiction by a journalist. All of them are well known and highly acclaimed.

Spoiler alert: The list:

  1. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  2. Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
  3. Dispatches by Michael Herr
  4. A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo
  5. The Quiet American by Graham Greene


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