Vietnam: Vietnam Readings

Chris Harvey compiles a list of his favorite books about Vietnam.


  • Most of the books on Chris’s list relate directly to the war, and most are written from an American or western perspective. Nothing wrong with that, but if you want to read about the impact of the war on Vietnamese society, and how Vietnamese coped with the post-war depression, check out:
    1) Le Minh Khue “The Stars, the Earth, the River”
    2) Ho Anh Thai “Behind the Red Mist”
    3) Robert Olen Butler “A good scent from a strange mountain”
    4) Nguyen Huy Thiep “The general retires”

    Curbstone Press has done a lot of translation of VNese literature in the U.S.

  • Thanks Mark for adding to the list.

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