Vietnam War Bibliography:

Collections: Not Primarily Documents

Charles-Robert Ageron and Philippe Devillers, eds., with Anne-Marie Pathé, Les guerres d’Indochines de 1945 à 1975: actes de la table ronde tenue à l’IHTP, 6-7 février 1995. Paris: Centre national de la recherche scientifique, 1996. 281 pp.

Douglas Allen & Ngo Vinh Long, eds., Coming to Terms: Indochina, the United States, and the War. Boulder, CO: Westview, 1991. x, 350 pp. The full text is available online to paid subscribers of Questia.

David L. Anderson, ed., The Human Tradition in the Vietnam Era.  Wilmington: Scholarly Resources, 2000.  xviii, 237 pp.  A dozen sketches of individuals (10 Americans plus Bernard Fall and Peter Arnett), some famous, some not.

David Anderson and John Ernst, eds., The War that Never Ends: New Perspectives on the Vietnam War. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2007. viii, 368 pp.

Mark Philip Bradley and Marilyn B. Young, eds., Making Sense of the Vietnam Wars: Local, National, and Transnational Perspectives. Oxford University Press, 2008 (forthcoming).

Pierre Brocheux, ed., Du conflit d'Indochine aux conflits indochinois. Paris: Éditions Complexe, 2000. 178 pp. Has an index of names. Pierre Brocheux, "Introduction: Situation post-coloniale et conflits dans la péninsule indochinoise" (13-19); Laurent Césari, "Que reste-t-il de l'influence politique française in Indochine (1954-1966)?" (21-36); Hugues Tertrais, "Les intérêts français in Indochine entre 1954 et 1975" (37-52); Trân Thi Liên, "Les catholiques vietnamiens dans la République du Viêtnam (1954-1963)" (53-80); Pierre Brocheux, "Entre guerre et développement..." (81-101); Monique Chemillier-Gendreau, "Les États de l'ex-Indochine et les conflits territoriaux" (103-120); Thomas Engelbert, "Les difficultés des communistes vietnamiens pour créer un mouvement révolutionnaire au Cambodge (1945-1954)" (121-156); Charles Meyer, "Le Cambodge et ses frontières" (157-168); Pierre Brocheux, "Conclusion" (169-171).

Walter Capps, The Vietnam Reader. New York: Routledge. A diversity of individual viewpoints.

Michael Charlton & Anthony Moncrieff, Many Reasons Why: The American Involvement in Vietnam. New York: Hill and Wang, 1978. The second printing (New York: Hill and Wang, 1989) has a new foreword by George Herring. Mainly a collection of interviews with high-ranking Americans.

Kenton J. Clymer, ed., The Vietnam War: Its History, Literature and Music. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1998 or 1999 (distributed for Texas Western Press). Papers, poems, etc. presened at a March 1996 symposium held in El Paso, Texas.

Steven Cohen, ed., Vietnam: Anthology and Guide to a Television History. New York: Knopf, 1983. xl, 466 pp. A collection of documents and essays designed to accompany the WGBH series "Vietnam: A Televison History."

Andreas W. Daum, Lloyd C. Gardner, and Wilfried Mausbach, eds., America, the Vietnam War, and the World. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003. xii, 371 pp.

William Dudley and David Bender, eds., The Vietnam War: Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego: Greenhaven, 1984. 2d ed San Diego: Greenhaven, 1990, 240 pp.

William Dudley, ed., The Vietnam War: Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego: Greenhaven, 1998. This is not really a revised version of the previous item; it is a whole new book.

Elizabeth J. Errington & B.J.C. McKercher, eds., The Vietnam War as History. New York: Praeger, 1990. A good collection; note essays on Laos and on the role of Canada. The full text is available online to paid subscribers of Questia.

H. Bruce Franklin, ed., The Vietnam War in American Stories, Songs, and Poems. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, 1996. xii, 343 pp.

Lloyd C. Gardner and Tet Gittinger, eds., Vietnam: The Early Decisions. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1997. vii, 228 pp. Papers from a conference held at the LBJ Library. The full text is available online if you browse the Internet through an institution that is affiliated with netLibrary.

Lawrence E. Grinter & Peter M. Dunn, eds., The American War in Vietnam: Lessons, Legacies, and Implications for Future Conflicts. New York: Greenwood, 1987. A collection of papers from a 1986 conference.

William Head & Lawrence E. Grinter, eds., Looking Back on the Vietnam War: A 1990s Perspective on the Decisions, Combat, and Legacies. Westport: Praeger, 1993. xi, 271 pp. Papers from a 1991 conference.

Walter Hixson, ed., The Vietnam War. 6 vols. New York: Garland, 2000. 2152 pp. A collection of articles. The publisher's description does not make it look good enough to justify the whopping price, but I have not actually seen the collection.

Jeffrey P. Kimball, ed., To Reason Why: The Debate About the Causes of U.S. Involvement in the Vietnam War. McGraw-Hill, 1990.

Anthony Lake, ed., The Vietnam Legacy: The War, American Society and the Future of American Foreign Policy. New York: New York University Press, for the Council on Foriegn Relations, 1976. xxxi, 440 pp.

Robert J. McMahon, ed., Major Problems in the History of the Vietnam War. Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath, 1990. xvii, 635 pp. 2d ed. Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath, 1995. xix, 647 pp. 4th ed. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2008. xx, 540 pp. A mixture of documents and essays, intended as a text.

Lloyd J. Matthews & Dale E. Brown, eds., Assessing the Vietnam War. Pergamon-Brassey's, 1987. xii, 254 pp. Material comes from the Journal of the U.S. Army War College.

Allan R. Millett, ed., A Short History of the Vietnam War. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1978. xx, 169 pp.

John Norton Moore and Robert F. Turner, eds., The Real Lessons of the Vietnam War: Reflections Twenty-five Years After the Fall of Saigon. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2002. viii, 507 pp. Papers from a 2000 conference at the University of Virginia Law School.

John Norton Moore, ed., The Vietnam Debate. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1990.

Thomas Myers, ed., Walking Point: American Narratives of Vietnam. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988. x, 250 pp.

Charles E. Neu, ed., After Vietnam: Legacies of a Lost War.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.  192 pp.  Essays by Charles E. Neu, Brian Balogh, George C. Herring, Robert K. Brigham, and Robert S. McNamara. The full text of my review of Neu's book, written for H-Diplo, is available online.

Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen, ed., New Perceptions of the Vietnam War: Essays on the War, the South Vietnamese Experience, the Disapora and the Continuing Impact. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2015. vi, 268 pp. Considerable attention to Australia.

Stewart O'Nan, ed., The Vietnam Reader. New York: Anchor, 1998. x, 724 pp. A mixture of fiction and non-fiction. A lot of this is excerpts from books, rather than complete texts of shorter works.

Tim Page & John Pimlott, eds., Nam: The Vietnam Experience, 1965-75. Mallard Press. 649 pp., extensively illustrated. Articles previously published in an English magazine.

Andrew J. Rotter, Light at the End of the Tunnel: A Vietnam War Anthology. Wilmington, DE: SR Books, 1999. 3d ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010. xxix, 486 pp. A mixture of essays, some written by scholars, some by participants in the events.

John Carlos Rowe & Richard Berg, eds., The Vietnam War and American Culture. New York: Columbia University Press, (hb 1991?), pb 1992.

Harrison Salisbury, ed., Vietnam Reconsidered: Lessons from a War. New York: Harper & Row, 1984. xvi, 335 pp. Proceedings from a 1983 conference. Especially strong on media issues.

Grace Sevy, ed., The American Experience in Vietnam: A Reader. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1989. xiv, 319 pp. A collection of articles, previously published in various places, mostly written after the war. Robert Elegant's diatribe against the press may be interesting, if not exactly to be recommended. The full text is available online if you browse the Internet through an institution that is affiliated with netLibrary.

D. Michael Shafer, ed., The Legacy: The Vietnam War in the American Imagination. Boston: Beacon Press, 1990. ix, 334 pp.

Takashi Shiraishi and Motoo Furuta, eds., Indochina in the 1940s and 1950s. Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia Program, 1992.  196 pp.  Essays, mostly on the period 1940-45, but also one on the Vietnamese Communists' policies toward Cambodia and Laos 1948-51, and one on their literary policies 1956-58, translated from Japanese.

Dennis E. Showalter & John G. Albert, eds., An American Dilemma: Vietnam, 1964-1973. Chicago: Imprint Publications, 1993. 203 pp. Papers from a symposium at the US Air Force Academy.

Robert M. Slabey, ed., The United States and Vietnam from War to Peace: Papers from an Interdisciplinary Conference on Reconciliation. Jefferson NC: McFarland, 1996. xii, 268 pp. Papers from a conference at Notre Dame in 1993.

Keith W. Taylor and John K. Whitmore, eds., Essays into Vietnamese Pasts. Ithaca: Cornell University Southeast Asia Program, 1995. 288 pp. Most of these essays are on the premodern period, but five are on issues related to Communism in Vietnam; useful on Ho Chi Minh and Ton Duc Thang.

James F. Veninga & Harry A. Wilmer, eds., Vietnam in Remission. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1985. xii, 142 pp.

Jayne Werner and David Hunt, eds., The American War in Vietnam. Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia Program, 1993. 125 pp. Collection of papers by scholars from the United States presented at a conference in Hanoi in 1988.

Jayne Werner and Luu Doan Huynh, eds., The Vietnam War: Vietnamese and American Perspectives. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1993 (pb 1994). xxv, 300 pp. A collection of papers from a 1990 conference hosted by Columbia University. A few of the individual papers:

Andrew Wiest, ed., Rolling Thunder in a Gentle Land: The Vietnam War Revisited. Oxford and New York: Osprey, 2006. 336 pp. Essays on many major aspects of the war; extensively illustrated.

Andrew Wiest, Mary Kathryn Barbier, and Glenn Robins, eds., America and the Vietnam War: Re-examining the Culture and History of a Generation. New York: Routledge (Taylor & Francis), 2009. 336 pp. pb. 2010.

James H. Willbanks, ed., The Vietnam War. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2006. Essays originally published in various journals. Includes:

Marilyn B. Young and Robert Buzzanco, eds., A Companion to the Vietnam War. Oxford: Blackwell, 2002. xii, 514 pp.

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