RECOMMEDED READING
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Recommended Books & Videos

New Books

I Remember Quan Loi - The Horrible Year
by David L. Bedard


Vietnam Reading Classics

Vietnam Chronicles: The Abrams Tapes, 1968-1972 by Lewis Sorley (Editor)

The Battle Of An Loc by James H. Willbanks

Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam by Frances FitzGerald also in paperback

Vietnam - A History by Stanley Karnow also in paperback

A Bright Shining Lie : John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan also in paperback

Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers by Daniel Ellsberg

On Strategy: A Critical Analysis of the Vietnam War by Harry G. Summers

About Face: The Odyssey Of An American Warrior by David H. Hackworth


Other Great Reading

Abandoning Vietnam: How America Left and South Vietnam Lost Its War by James H. Willbanks

The Last Valley: Dien Bien Phu and the French Defeat in Vietnam by Martin Windrow

Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam
by Bernard Edelman (Editor)

They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace Vietnam and America October 1967
by David Maraniss

The Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War
by Frederick Downs

Agent Orange: Collateral Damage in Vietnam
by Philip Jones Griffiths

Snake Pilot: Flying the Cobra Attack Helicopter in Vietnam by Randy R. Zahn

Last Man Out : A Personal Account of the Vietnam War by Jr. James E. Parker

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

Into Cambodia, 1970: Spring Campaign, Summer Offensive by Keith William Nolan

A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo

Dispatches by Michael Herr


Recommended Videos

Vietnam - A Television History - 4 DVD Discs, thirteen hours.   A great PBS Series made in 1983.  VHS Tape version also available.  Here is a link to the PBS website for the series

Battlefield Vietnam - a twelve part (hour) series originally broadcast on PBS -
 
The Fog of War - Winner of Best Documentary Oscar for 2004.  In this DVD, Director Earl Morris, interviews Robert Mc-Namara, Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.  McNamara  emerges as not exactly apologetic, but clearly haunted by the what-ifs of Vietnam, VHS Tape version also available.

Bob Hope - The Vietnam Years (1964-1972) Nine hours of original NBC broadcasts.

 









































Recommended Free Computer Software

Password Safe... Now Remember only one pass-word - store the rest in a secure digital password safe on your computer.  Simple to use.


Picasa3.9...One of the best free photo organizer/ editor programs  to come along that I have seen... download it free here.  It's from the Google Folks.


Blogger...Not a software program but a free service from the Google folks – Find out what a Blog is and use the Hello Program above to share your photos on the net for free.  What's a Blog?
"Blog" is short for Web log, which can be anything from a news site to an online journal. Blogs allow you to instantly publish your thoughts and ideas from anywhere.
People all over the world have blogs. It's a fun and easy way to keep in touch with your friends, post links to interesting web pages, or just record your thoughts.


Google Chrome...a competing browser program to Internet Explorer.  Simple to get and simple to use.


Skype...Use your computer, (you need a headset with mic and a fast Internet connection for best results but it does work on a dial-up connection), to talk to your friends online for free or go further and call them, for a small fee, on their phone.  We've tried it on the Live Chat and it works great!  Free download here.


Firefox...Heard about this new free Internet Browser program that Forbes Magazine says is “Better than Internet Explorer by leaps and bounds.”   Check it out - it's completely free.


AdAware11 SE Personal...by Lavasoft. Is your computer full of spyware and adware?  Do you get pop-ups galore and is something mysteriously changing your home page to a sex site?  You need this program to help clean out your computer. This version is free.  Download here.


Spybot Search & Destroy 2.43...Download and run this second free application (donations are welcome) to scan for spyware, adware, hijackers and other malicious software on your computer.  Once you have your computer "clean" run both once a month.  Download here.


Audacity2.1.0...is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows and other operating systems.  Use it to Record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs, 
Edit MP3, and WAV sound files and cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together for starters.  Download here.


LAME MP3 Encoder...while you are at it  -download Lame MP3 encoder which allows Audacity to export MP3 files.  Follow the instructions how to unzip and install LME so it works with Audacity.  Download here.


Adobe Acrobat Reader XI...free software that lets you view, print, search, and share Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files.  You need this to view some of the files on our website.


VLC - Media Player...Probably one of the best media players you can have and it is totally free.  Plays all types of audio and video media.  Download Here


Windows Media Player 11..."Windows Media Player 11 is the all-in-one media player that provides the best experience for discovering, playing and taking your digital entertainment anywhere--on Windows PCs and the widest choice of portable devices."  Watch that WMP11 does not take over your music files.     Download here.


Windows Movie Maker 12...For Windows only. With Movie Maker 12, you can create, edit, and share your home movies right on your computer. Build your movie with a few simple drag-and-drops.  . Be sure to check out the system requirements before downloading.


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