Nonfiction

Kontum by Thomas P. McKenna

August 21, 2015

Retired Army Lt. Col. Thomas P. McKenna’s Kontum: The Battle to Save South Vietnam, which was published in 2011, is now out in paperback  (University of Kentucky, 378 pp., $28). As we noted in our…

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Harley Tracks by Mike Rinowski

August 17, 2015

  If you like motorcycles, Harley Tracks: Across Vietnam to the Wall   (Tracks Press, 263 pp., $29.95) has to be your next book. True to his subtitle, author Mike Rinowski describes practically every mile of…

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Twin Marines in Hell by Jerry Byrne

August 12, 2015

Jerry Byrne’s Twin Marines in Hell: From Grade School to Vietnam (CreateSpace,  204 pp., $14, 95, paper; $3.99, Kindle), is dedicated to his twin brother, John, who died at age 58 of cancer resulting from exposure to…

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Sorry About That by Dick Denne

August 11, 2015

Dick Denne is a man who can think for himself, an ability that caused him a lot of trouble. Halfway through Sorry About That: A Story from A Soldier's Heart (CreateSpace, 172 pp., $15.95 paper,…

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The Hunter Killers by Dan Hampton

August 10, 2015

Dan Hampton is a retired USAF F-16 pilot who flew in the Iraq War, the Kosovo conflict, and the first Gulf War during his twenty-year military career. He also is the author of---among other books---the best-selling…

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2nd Platoon: Journey of the Pack by Billy W. Smith

August 3, 2015

Billy W. Smith (in the photo above, donating a copy of his book to the Elba, Alabama, High School library )  served as an infantryman with Alpha Company, 1st of the 27th, the "Wolfhounds" of…

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Creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Robert W. Doubek

July 31, 2015

Robert W. Doubek says he is "blessed and cursed with a sharp memory." I totally believe him after reading his Creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial: The Inside Story (McFarland, 324 pp., $35, paper). Bob Doubek tells…

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351 Days in Da Nang by Ray Norton

July 30, 2015

In 351 Days in Da Nang: Memories of a Navy Investigator  (CreateSpace, 116 pp.,  $23.75, paper) Ray Norton tells us he never says he "fought in Viet Nam (because I didn't). I do say I…

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The Secret Place of the Most High by S. T. Simms

July 29, 2015

The Secret Place of the Most High (Little Miami, 37 pp., $6, paper) is S. T. Simms' testimony to the power of the 91st Psalm. The mother of Simms' best friend called his attention to…

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Life on a $5 Bet by Edward J. Mechenbier with Linda D. Swink

July 28, 2015

Way back when, several Americans wrote about their experiences as POWs in the Vietnam War. The books by Robinson Risner and John Dramesi made a great impact on me because they graphically detailed the physical…

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