Fractured Identity: The Best Vietnam War Books
Some forty years after American withdrawal from Vietnam, the U.S. continues to be haunted by the impact of the war. Scholars and historians continue to debate the justification – or lack thereof – for U.S. intervention. The Vietnam War was among a host of factors that opened deep fault lines in the landscape of U.S. politics, lines that continue to widen but whose impetus can be traced back to one of the most tumultuous decades of the twentieth century. In the intervening years, many have tried to make sense of the disillusionment, pain, and the fracturing of the American identity that occurred during the Vietnam War years.
The Vietnam War stands as one of the pivotal moments in recent U.S. history, a moment whose lessons we continue to parse and, unfortunately, have rarely taken to heart as a nation. There are an extraordinary number of works both fiction and nonfiction that seek to understand the impact of the war or simply excise the long-festering wounds that resulted. The books below are among the most illuminating and some of the best Vietnam War books.