Vietnam: A Historic Perspective

  • This course is designed to create a better understanding of the many forces and factors surrounding the United States’ involvement in this divisive war. A variety of print and media including documentary films, Hollywood films, and popular music of the era will be used to illustrate these issues and serve as a catalyst for discussion.

Vietnam Literature

  • The Things They Carried

    by Tim O'Brien Year Published: 1990

    A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling.

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  • Matterhorn

    by Karl Marlantes Year Published: 2011

    Matterhorn is a visceral and spellbinding novel about what it is like to be a young man at war. It is an unforgettable novel that transforms the tragedy of Vietnam into a powerful and universal story of courage, camaraderie, and sacrifice: a parable not only of the war in Vietnam but of all war.

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  • We Were Soldiers Once... and Young

    by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (Ret.) and Joseph L. Galloway Year Published: 1992

    In November 1965, some 450 men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, were dropped by helicopter into a small clearing in the Ia Drang Valley. They were immediately surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. The fight that ensued constituted one of the most savage and significant battles of the Vietnam War.

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  • The Vietnam Reader: The Definitive Collection of Fiction and Nonfiction on the War

    by Stewart O'Nan (Editor) Year Published: 1998

    This authoritative and accessible volume includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, film, photography, and popular song lyrics from the Vietnam War era, covering a breadth of experiences and perspectives. An indispensable and provocative read for anyone who wants to know more about the war that changed the face of late-twentieth-century America.

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