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.
The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam
A tale of the Vietnam war from the other side.
Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram
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.
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.
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".
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
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!