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Vietnam in War and Peace

For many Americans "Vietnam" is a period in American military history, especially for Baby Boomers who came of age during the Vietnamese War and the Anti-War Movement. The selections here will provide a "Vietnamese" perspective.

Selected Books

Bao Ninh
The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam
A tale of the Vietnam war from the other side.
Ðang, Thùy Trâm
Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram
DS559.44.D36 2007
At 24, Dang Thuy Tram volunteered to serve as a doctor in a National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) battlefield hospital. Two years later she was killed by American forces. This diary that she wrote between 1968 and 1970 was saved by an American officer who kept it, against regulations, for thirty-five years until it was returned to Tram's mother in Hanoi, where it was published and became a bestseller.
Duong Thu Huong
Memories of a Pure Spring
This novel tells the story of a singer and her composer husband and explores their relationships passionate growth in the midst of war. Huong vividly depicts the betrayal she and a generation of Vietnamese artists and writers experienced after the war: the conditions inside re-education prison camps, and the corruption at the heart of the new regime they brought to power.
Duong Thu Huong
Novel Without a Name
The author, Duong Thu-Huong, was born in 1947 in northern Vietnam and served for seven years in the women’s youth brigade onthe front lines of “The War Against the Americans". Later she became a dissident and was expelled from the Communist Party. You can read more about her in this New York Times article: "A discourse shaped by the Vietnam War".
Duong, Thu Huong
Paradise of the Blind
"Huong's exquisite book, banned in her own country, introduces readers to daily life in Vietnam under Communist rule in the 1970s. Readers will be captivated by this story of a young girl growing into womanhood under a regime that negates many of the people's old values and customs and tears families apart." -- Library School Journal
Pham, Andrew X.
The Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars
E184.V53 P4554 2008
Pham (author of Catfish and Mandala) tells the story of his once wealthy father, Thong Van Pham, who lived through the French occupation of Indochina, the Japanese invasion during WWII and the Vietnamese War.
Vietnamese Food and Cooking
What better way is there to understand a country than by eating its food? Check out these Vietnamese cookbooks from our very extensive cookbook collection!