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Author: Charles Henderson
Berkley

Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. The life of Carlos N. Hathcock II reads like the plot summary of a summer block buster movie. Hathcock resurrected the shunned and despised art of sniping and held off an entire company of enemy soldiers for five days with only the assistance of his spotter. He infiltrated deep behind enemy lines to assassinate an enemy commander with a single shot and then escaped undetected. Later, he sacrificed his life and body to save his fellow soldiers. He was feared and respected by his comrades and adversaries alike, he never gave up and fought incredible odds time and again and each time surmounted them.

The events are all true, despite the sensational sound of them. Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills is a biography of a two times Vietnam War veteran who, despite the extraordinary and dangerous path his life took, didn’t succumb to gun fire, mines, bombs or knives. In the end, frustrated at a body that could no longer do the things he loved to do, confined to wheelchairs and hospital beds, Carlos Hathcock died of multiple sclerosis twenty years after he was unable to serve his country as a Marine any more, and after twenty years of distinguished service.

Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills follows Hathcock’s life from his enrolment in to the Marine Corps at the age of 17 through to a little after his forced retirement at the age of 37. For the most part, it is an enjoyable read and, although biographical, still manages to incorporate large doses of suspense and conflict.

Author: Ronald B. Frankum Jr. and Stephen F. Maxner
For Dummies

The Vietnam War was unlike any war the United States ever fought. Unlike the previous wars of the twentieth century, the Vietnam War left the United States divided, and it continues to influence U.S. domestic and foreign policy. Without question, the Vietnam Syndrome that emerged after the war's end altered the policies of Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, and the lessons learned from the war were applied to later conflicts in the Persian Gulf.

The Vietnam War story is one that has never been fully understood and probably never will be explained to the satisfaction of those who experienced it – and it will continue to spark debate and controversy for each new generation. The Vietnam War For Dummies attempts to tell that complicated story in a way that is easily accessible to everyone. If you've never read much about the Vietnam War, this book provides a general overview that covers all the major players and significant turning points and events of the war. If you're a history buff, this book can serve as a compact reference guide to the major subjects of the war.

The Vietnam War For Dummies covers the following topics and more:

  • The events that led up to the war, from the beginning of the Cold War to when U.S. troops moved into Vietnam
  • A detailed examination of the conflict between North and South Vietnam
  • How U.S. presidents handled Vietnam, from Eisenhower to Nixon
  • Analyses of the major battles of the war, including the Tet Offensives and the Fall of Saigon
  • The effect of the war on American life and culture, including an exploration of the protest movement
  • Thorough analyses of U.S. and Vietnamese battle tactics
  • Top Ten lists debunking myths surrounding the war and highlighting issues and concerns that have arisen from the war

Remember that having an understanding of the Vietnam War means knowing that its history is based on perspectives. For any one book that argues a point a specific way, at least two other books will interpret that point another way. You can use The Vietnam War For Dummies as a guide for beginning your examination of one of the most important events in U.S. history.

Author: Gordon Rottman
Illustrator: Brian Delf
Osprey (Warrior)

Osprey's study of the Military Assistance Command of the Vietnam War (1955-1975). In 1964 Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, activated a joint unconventional task force known as the Studies and Observation Group--MACV-SOG. As a cover its mission was to conduct analysis of lessons learned in combat involved all branches of service. SOG's real mission was to conduct covert strategic reconnaissance missions into Laos, Cambodia, and South Vietnam as well as sabotage and 'Black' psychological operations. Ground, air, and naval assets were employed to insert, collect, extract, and otherwise support these operations. Drawing on detailed, first-hand accounts of the experiences of the service, including action on operations, this book will shed light on one of the most crucial units of the Vietnam War.

Author: Howard R. Simpson
Brassey's Inc.

Dien Bien Phu is recognized as one of history's great battles. It began in November 1953, when French paratroopers seized a small airstrip in Northwestern Vietnam. It ended in May 1954 with tens of thousands of Vietminh troops overrunning the beseiged garrison. A third of the 15,000 French defenders died in combat, fewer than a hundred escaped into the jungle. Thousands more died in captivity. The fall of Dien Bien Phu led to the American commitment to Vietnam. Ironically, the US military repeated many of the French mistakes. Howard Simpson was at Dien Bien Phu as a combat reporter. His account is a personal one - that of a man who shared meals and wine and danger with the doomed soldiers. He is uniquely qualified to tell the story of this famous last stand.

Author: Martin Windrow
Illustrator: Mike Chappell
Osprey (Men-at-Arms)

The states of Indochina had been French colonies or protectorates since the 19th century. However, in March 1945 the Japanese interned all French troops and officials, and turned over all civil government to local authorities. The power vacuum caused by the Japanese surrender allowed the Viet Minh, a strong revolutionary organisation, to be established throughout Vietnam. When the French returned to the north, incidents between French and VM troops were inevitable, negotiations collapsed and the French opted for a military solution. This book examines the history of the conflict and the forces of both sides of the French Indochina War (1946-1954).

Author: Philip Katcher
Illustrator: Mike Chappell
Osprey (Men-at-Arms)

Philip Katcher provides an overview to the conflict that engulfed Vietnam following the division of the country into two along the 17th Parallel in 1954. The uniforms and insignia of the US forces, including the army, Special Forces, air force, navy and marine corps, are dealt with in detail, together with those of the ARVN, the Allied Forces (such as the Royal Thai Army and Korean troops), and also the Communist NLF (Viet Cong) and NVA forces. Mike Chappell's colourful artwork provides plenty of detail to accompany this authoritative text.


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