They range from a Bernard Fall classic published on the eve of the American build-up to the definitive Pentagon history of the war to a book on the secret bombing campaign in Cambodia to three fictional accounts of combat.
The latter three are included because they are great books and capture a common experience of the men and women who served in Vietnam -- that it was an often indescribable blend of fact and fantasy.
All are still in print and are likely to remain so for many years to come. My personal favorite of the batch is Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato, which won the 1978 National Book Award.
About Face by David Hackworth & Julie Sherman (1989)
Born on the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic (1976)
Dispatches by Michael Herr (1977)
Fire in the
The Pentagon Papers: The Defense Department History
Sideshow: Kissinger, Nixon, and the Destruction of
by William Shawcross (1979)
A Soldier Reports by General William Westmoreland (1976)
Street Without Joy by Bernard Fall (1964)
Going After Cacciato by Tim O’Brien (1978)
The Quiet American by Graham Greene (1955)
A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo (1977)
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (1990)