Tagged: Vietnam War
07/12/2017 at 11:27 #78121
What are your recommendations for the best books about the Vietnam War? I’m interested in most aspects and angles, although I am particularly partial to some crunchy statistical analysis.07/12/2017 at 14:57 #78142
Darkest Star GamesParticipant
I deal mostly with skirmish in Vietnam, and the occasional 3mmmulti-battalion operational game so my books are all aimed at those experiences rather than broader strategic views and data. I do recall one huge book I used to have that had a OOB for the US, casualty figures, all sorts of stuff. I’ll see if I can find it online. It was pretty good, but even though it was written in the early 80’s it didn’t contain a lot of the info we have access to online nowadays, like aircraft loses and other things that have been granularly studied. Your best bet for crunchy data may be the data vaults of Texas Tech University’s Vietnam Studies department online. They have a veritable fortune of information and maps!
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."07/12/2017 at 17:50 #78164
John D SaltParticipant
A fine place to start is the complete (thanks, US Army) collection of Vietnam Studies books, in electrical freebie form, at:
I especially like Ewell and Hunt’s “Sharpening the Combat Edge”, and it has a certain amount of statistical crunchiness.
There’s also an electrical freebie version of the classic “Seven Firefights in Vietnam”:
The abolute best thing in the world is I reckon John Kramer’s piece “Cohesion and Disintegration” in Strategy & Tactics no. 26, accompanying his splendid game “Grunt”; the article I think explains the Clausewitzian friction, or, if you prefer, embuggerance, of communicating across the mystifying variety of radio nets by which command is exercised in the modern era.
For background and atmosphere I’ll list my old favourites “Chickenhawk”, “Low Level Hell”, “Journal of a Plague Year”, “Once a Warrior King”, “Flower of the Dragon” and — as a backgrounder on the country rather than the war — “A Dragon Apparent”.
All the best,
John.07/12/2017 at 20:30 #78182
If you can fit it in, Hue 1968 is very very good.08/12/2017 at 09:03 #78209
Vietnam, a History by Stanley Karnow.08/12/2017 at 12:17 #78223
I recommend “MiGs over North Vietnam” a very interesting look at the other side of the air war. Riveting stuff, with plenty of first-hand accounts of VPAF pilots. Plenty of stats and some interesting insights on the problem of getting correct information on air victories.
Tom Jensen - http://ostfrontpublishing.com/08/12/2017 at 13:21 #78227
Vietnam, a History by Stanley Karnow.
That’s the best one I have read.08/12/2017 at 13:24 #78228
Not Connard SageParticipant
There’s also an electrical freebie version of the classic “Seven Firefights in Vietnam”: https://history.army.mil/html/books/070/70-4/cmhPub_70-4.pdf
I’ve read about Ia Drang and LZ X-Ray, the first of those, before. It seems to have been bit of a f*** up. Attempting to airlift a battalion piecemeal into a small area that they knew had a very good chance of being ‘hot’ probably wasn’t a brilliant tactical decision. Then 2nd Batt lost even more men in an ambush…
"I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."08/12/2017 at 14:45 #78240
I’m with Darkest Star…I like the skirmish aspect so my reading leans towards that direction. Try The Village by Bing West, it is very good. I also enjoyed the Mobile Guerilla series of books (Blackjack-33, etc.). Just finished Caputo’s iconic book A Rumor of War. He writes well, but you also see why he became a leading voice for anti-war veterans. I read Once a Warrior King years ago, it is also excellent and I second John’s recommendation.
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