The 21st Century Surge in Interest in the Vietnam War

Jerry Lembcke (sociology, Holy Cross) offers an in-depth and critical essay on the dramatic growth in book publishing activity about the Vietnam War since the 9/11 attacks in the June issue of Choice.

The essay organizes the books into eight primary categories: historical studies, biography and autobiography, social movements and memory, Vietnam veterans and memory, commemoration studies, legacy studies, film/photography/literature studies, and, documentary and reference works.

Seven titles published by the University Press of Kansas are covered in the essay, beginning with Vietnam: The History of an Unwinnable War, 1945-1975 by John Prados, Diem’s Final Failure: Prelude to America’s War in Vietnam by Philip E. Catton, and, ARVN: Life and Death in the South Vietnamese Army by Robert K. Brigham, in historical studies; The Vietnam War from the Rear Echelon: An Intelligence Officer’s Memoir, 1972-1973 by Timothy J. Lomperis in biography and autobiography; America in the Seventies, Beth Bailey and David Farber, editors in legacy studies; The Vietnam War on Trial: The My Lai Massacre and the Court-Martial of Lieutenant Calley by Michal R. Belknap in legacy/military policy; and, Victory in Vietnam: The Official History of the People’s Army of Vietnam, 1954-1975 by the Military History Institute of Vietnam, Translated by Merle L. Pribbenow in reference.