Vietnam War Bibliography:


David P. Adams et. al., "Hearts and minds: suicide among United States combat troops in Vietnam, 1957-1973." Social Science and Medicine, vol. 47, no. 11 (6 November 1998), pp. 1687-1694.

Douglas Bey, Wizard 6: A Combat Psychiatrist in Vietnam. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2006. xii, 280 pp. Bey was division psychiatrist for the 1st Infantry Division, 1969-1970.

Peter G. Bourne, ed., The Psychology and Physiology of Stress, with Reference to Special Studies of the Vietnam War. New York: Academic Press, 1969. xxx, 242 pp.

Jamye Buelke Brown, "Traumatic Sequelae in Vietnam Veterans: A Concept Map." Ph.D. dissertation, Clinical Psychology, Auburn, 1999. 204 pp. AAT 9939610.

Norman Camp, Robert H. Stretch, & William C. Marshall, Stress, Strain, and Vietnam: An Annotated Bibliography of Two Decades of Psychiatric and Social Sciences Literature Reflecting the Effect of the War on the American Soldier. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1988. 334 pp. The full text is available online to paid subscribers of Questia.

H.W. Chalsma, The Chambers of Memory: PTSD in the Life Stories of U.S. Vietnam Veterans. Northvale, N.J.: Jason Aronson, 1998. xiv, 226 pp. Chalsma, a clinical psychologist, interviewed veterans at a VA Hospital.

Eric T. Dean, Jr., Shook over Hell: Post-Traumatic Stress, Vietnam, and the Civil War. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997. xi, 315 pp.  Said to be very good; deals more with the Civil War than with Vietnam.

Bruce P. Dohrenwend, et. al., "The Psychological Risks of Vietnam for U.S. Veterans: A Revisit with New Data and Methods." Science, Vol. 313, no. 5789, pp. 979-982. This study, which seems at least initially to be being treated as very authoritative, found that 18.7% of the veterans had developed war-related PTSD during their lifetimes and 9.1% were currently suffering from PTSD 11 to 12 years after the war. These figures were considerably lower than those from Kulka et. al. (see below).

Barbara T. Dreyfuss, "PTSD: Again in the Eye of the Storm." VVA Veteran, May/June 2006, pp. 17-20. Deals with the debate over the validity of Vietnam veterans' PTSD disability claims.

Arthur Egendorf, Healing from the War: Trauma and Transformation After Vietnam. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1985. 324 pp.

Charles R. Figley, ed., Stress Disorders among Vietnam Veterans: Theory, Research, and Treatment. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1978. xxx, 326 pp.

Charles R. Figley, ed., Trauma and Its Wake: The Study and Treaement of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1985. xxvi, 457 pp.

Charles R. Figley and Seymour Leventman, eds., Strangers at Home: Vietnam Veterans Since the War. New York: Praeger, 1980. xxxi, 383 pp. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1990. xxxi, 383 pp.

Ron Fitts, Not A Hero. Brentwood Christian Press, (2001?). 136 pp. Fitts was a lieutenant in Brown Water forces 1969-1970. A substantial portion of the book deals with Fitts' postwar PTSD problems.

Monica Frenz, "Combat veterans diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder: The effect on their children: A phenomological study." Doctor of Management dissertation, University of Phoenix, 2007. xii, 187 pp. AAT 3289584. Looks at a sample of seventeen adult children of Vietnam combat veterans.

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society. Boston: Little, Brown, 1995. Paperback with an added introduction Boston: Little, Brown, 1996, xxxiv, 366 pp. The book argues that the U.S. military managed to overcome its soldiers' natural resistance to killing much more effectively in Vietnam than in World War II, resulting in a much higher percentage of men actually firing their weapons at the enemy, but that there were serious psychological consequences. I don't think Grossman is a combat veteran, but he knows a lot about the military; he was a sergeant in the 82d Airborne Division before he rose into the officer corps.

Herbert Hendin and Ann Pollinger Haas, Wounds of War: The Psychological Aftermath of Combat in Vietnam. New York: Basic Books, 1984. xiv, 267 pp. The full text is available online to paid subscribers of Questia.

Rob Honzell, Sr., M.S., First Person: Combat PTSD., 2008. 195 pp. Covers Honzell's service in Marine recon unit, and his later life.

Allan C. Horwitz, PTSD: A Short History. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018. xv, 238 pp.

James D. Johnson, Combat Trauma: A Personal Look Long-Term Consequences. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010. pb 2012. viii, 197 pp. Johnson was a chaplain with the 5/60 Mechanized Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. The book is based on the stories of sixteen men with whom he served, approximately 1967-68.

William E. Kelly, ed., Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the War Veteran Patient. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1985. xxiv, 338 pp.

Robert Carson Krause, War and Living with PTSD: Vietnam 1969-1970 and the Cambodian incurseion in 1970. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2009. 140 pp. Krause was a radio telephone operator (RTO) in D Company, 2/14 Infantry, 25th Infantry Division.

Richard A. Kulka, William E. Schlenger, John A. Fairbank, Richard L. Hough, B. Kathleen Jordan, Charles R. Marmar, & Daniel S. Weiss, Trauma and the Vietnam War Generation: Report of Findings from the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1990. xxix, 322 pp. [A companion volume giving statistical data is listed immediately below.] Done by the Research Triangle Institute under a congressional mandate. This is a private sector reprint. A very impressive study, but a later study (Dohrenwend, et. al., see above) has found significantly lower rates of PTSD.

Richard A. Kulka, William E. Schlenger, John A. Fairbank, Richard L. Hough, B. Kathleen Jordan, Charles R. Marmar, & Daniel S. Weiss, The National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study: Tables of Findings and Technical Appendices. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1990.

Jacob D. Lindy, with Bonnie L. Green et. al., Vietnam: A Casebook. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1988. xxviii, 353 pp.

William P. Mahedy, Out of the Night: The Spiritual Journey of Vietnam Veterans. Cleveland: StressPress, 1996.

David H. Marlowe, Psychological and Psychosocial Consequences of Combat and Deployment with Special Emphasis on the Gulf War. MR-1018/11-OSD. Santa Monica: Rand, 2000. xxi, 181 pp. Despite the title, Chapter Nine, "Vietnam" (pp. 73-114), makes up a big chunk of the book.

Shad Meshad, Captain for Dark Mornings. Playa del Rey, CA: Creative Image Associates, 1982. 242 pp. By a Human Services Officer who in 1970, counseled troops at the 95th Evac Hospital in Danang.

Charlie Morris, as told to Dean Siegman, Just a Regular Guy. iUniverse, 2006. 204 pp. Morris was severely wounded while serving on a Navy helicopter (Seawolf?) in the Mekong Delta in 1971. Much of the book is apparently devoted to his recovery and PTSD.

Gerald Nicosia, Home to War: A History of the Vietnam Veterans' Movement. New York: Crown, 2001. xi, 689 pp. There is a lot here on VVAW, but also significant attention to PTSD, Agent Orange, the Veterans Administration, and other topics.

Michelle M. Nitto, "An Investigation of Factors Contribuing to Delays in the Onset of PTSD among Vietnam Veterans." Psy.D. dissertation, Clinical Psychology, University of Hartford, 2001. 93 pp. AAT 3017288.

Andy [Col. Andrew P.] O'Meara, Jr., Only the Dead Came Home: Vietnam's Hidden Casualties. Oakland, Oregon: Elderberry Press, 2003. 184 pp. Col. O'Meara, who served in the 11th Armored Cavalry (see his memoir), ended up with PTSD.

Alan Gary Pasternak, "The Lost Soldier: A Phenomenological Study of Trauma in Noncombat Soldiers in the Vietnam War." Ph.D. dissertation, Clinical Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2001. 313 pp. AAT 3025062

Abigail Barbara Person, "'John Wayne Never Felt Sorry': Working with the Moral Pain of Vietnam Veterans." Psy.D. dissertation, Clinical Psychology, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, 2001. 165 pp. AAT 3011840.

Lt. Col. Robert L. Pettera, USA, "Mental Health in Combat" Military Review, March 1971, pp. 74-77. Dr. Pettera was the division psychiatrist for the 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam, 1967-68.

David Warren Powell, My Tour in Hell: A Marine's Battle with Combat Trauma. Modern History Press, 2006. 190 pp. Powell served 1966-68 with Company D, 1/7 Marines. Ended up with PTSD.

Rick Ritter and Paul Richards, eds., Made in America, Sold in the Nam. 2d ed. Ann Arbor: Modern History Press, 2007. A collection of writings (including many poems) about the experiences of American servicemen in Vietnam and after their return, and the experinces of their families.

Esther D. Rothblum and Ellen Cole, eds., Another Silenced Trauma: Twelve Feminist Therapists and Activists Respond to One Woman's Recovery from War. New York: Harrington Park Press, 1986. 124 pp.

Esther D. Rothblum and Ellen Cole, eds., Woman's Recovery from the Trauma of War: Twelve Responses from Feminist Therapists and Activists. New York: Haworth Press, 1986. 124 pp.

William Schroder and Ronald Dawe, Soldier's Heart: Close-up Today with PTSD in Vietnam Veterans. Westport, CT: Praeger Security International, 2007. xvii, 186 pp.

Harvey J. Schwartz, ed., Psychotherapy of the Combat Veteran. New York: SP Medical and Scientific Books, 1984. xxix, 315 pp.

Wilbur J. Scott, The Politics of Readjustment: Vietnam Veterans Since the War. New York: Aldine de Gruyter, 1993. 308 pp. The full text is available online to paid subscribers of Questia. Reissued, with a new afterword by the author, as Vietnam Veterans Since the War: The Politics of PTSD, Agent Orange, and the National Memorial. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2004. 320 pp.

Chester B. Scrignar, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Legal Issues, 2d ed. New Orleans, LA: Bruno Press, 1988. xvii, 344 pp.

John T. Senka, Wounded Body - Healing Spirit: An Arkport Soldier's Inspirational Journey as a Vietnam Combat Veteran. Binghamton, NY: Brundage, 2004. 281 pp. After OCS, Senka served 1968-69 with the 4/9 Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. He was badly wouded and ended up with PTSD.

Jonathan Shay, Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character. New York: Atheneum, 1994. 246 pp. An excellent and surprising study.

Jonathan Shay, Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming. New York: Scribner, 2002. 329 pp. Foreword by Senators John McCain and Max Cleland.

Ben Shephard, A War of Nerves: Soldiers and Psychiatrists in the Twentieth Century. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001. xxiii, 487 pp.

Stephen M. Sonnenberg, Arthur S. Blank, Jr., and John A. Talbott, eds., Trauma of War: Stress and Recovery in Viet Nam Veterans. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press, 1985. xxi, 453 pp.

Major Robert H. Stretch, Ph.D., "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Among Canadian Vietnam Veterans." [Probably written about 1987]. Major Stretch was the U.S. Army Medical R&D Command Scientific Liaison, Defense & Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine, Downsview, Ontario, Canada. The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project at Texas Tech University.

Claude Anshin Thomas, At Hell's Gate: A Soldier's Journey from War to Peace. Shambhala (Random House?), 2004. 144 pp. Thomas, a crew chief on assault helicopters, was in Vietnam 1967-1968. Much of the book is devoted to his later recovery from PTSD with the help of Zen Buddhism.

Richard J. Thomas, Wounded Minds: Life on the Dark Plateau of PTSD. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2010. 378 pp. A memoir. Thomas served with the 7th Marines, approximately 1970.

Edward Tick, War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation's Veterans from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Theosophical Publishing House, 2005. 272 pp.

Bessel A. van der Kolk, ed., Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Psychological and Biological Sequelae. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press, 1984. xiv, 134 pp.

Tom Williams, ed., Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders: A Handbook for Clinicians. Cincinnati, OH: Disabled American Veterans, 1987. 302 pp.

Tom Williams, ed., Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders of the Vietnam Veteran: Observations and Recommendations for the Psychological Treatment of the Veteran and His Family. Cincinnati, OH: Disabled American Veterans, 1980. xx, 140 pp. A condensed version of one chapter of this, "The Etiology of Combat-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders," by Jim Goodwin, Psy.D., has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project at Texas Tech University.

John P. Wilson, Zev Harel, and Boaz Kahana, eds., Human Adaptation to Extreme Stress: From the Holocaust to Vietnam. New York: Plenum, 1988.

Ron Zaczek, Farewell Darkness: A Veteran's Triumph over Combat Trauma. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1994. 376 pp. A Marine crewchief in medevac and gunship helicopters, 1966-68. Diagnosed with PTSD 1981.

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