BEST VIETNAM BOOKS
Based on real incidents, this is a quintessential Vietnam war novel about the role Army Ranger units played conducting raids by small teams on the ground and directed and supported by their officers in the air. This book tracks the experiences of a young West Point graduate who volunteers for a Ranger unit in-country, learns his trade, takes care of his men, accomplishes his missions, and deals with macho posturing, a cowardly martinet of a company commander. The young officer has thoughts and emotions while coping with these challenges and his longings for the young wife left behind in the States are aptly represented.
The author presents a setting in which the reader can easily experience the jungle, understand the challenges of accurate map reading over a sea of the green jungle canopy, while directing troops on the ground, calling in artillery strikes, and air-to-ground fire support.
Welcome to the deadly jungles of South Vietnam, the “green hell” for OF THEIR OWN ACCORD, a riveting novel of life and death in the elite Charlie Rangers. The infantry equivalent of Nave SEAL’S and the Green Berets, Charlies Rangers wrote the book on Special Operations. Soldiers of super-human dedication, these were the guys responsible for the most productive missions and the most widespread insertions of the entire Vietnam War. Like Apocalypse Now, Of their Own Accord is not just a war story, but a love story; a vivid portrait of the love and loyalty between men who depend on each other for their survival.
A hundred feet over hell
A Hundred Feet Over Hell is the story of a handful of young pilots taking extraordinary risks to support those on the ground. Flying over Vietnam in two-seater Cessnas, they often made the difference between a soldier returning alive to his family or having the lonely sound of “Taps” played over his grave. Based on extensive interviews, and often in the men’s own words, A Hundred Feet Over Hell puts the reader in the plane as this intrepid band of U.S. Army aviators calls in fire support for the soldiers and marines of I Corp.