South Vietnamese Soldiers: Memories of the Vietnam War and After

Nguyen Cover 2.8.2016

Santa Barbara, Calif.: Praeger, 2016. xviii + 289 pp. Includes notes, bibliography and index.  ISBN Print: 978-1-4408-3241-3 ISBN eBook: 978-1-4408-3242-0

Military History / Armed Forces   
World History / Conflict   
Vietnam (Republic) -- Armed Forces -- History
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal narratives, Vietnamese
Soldiers -- Vietnam (Republic) -- History   
Women in the military -- History
Vietnamese -- Australia -- Biography
Women soldiers -- Biography
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Refugees
Memory -- Social Aspects       
Veterans -- Vietnam (Republic) -- Interviews
Vietnamese diaspora

South Vietnam lost more than a quarter of a million soldiers in the Vietnam War, yet the histories of these men—and women—are largely absent from the vast historiography of the conflict. By focusing on oral histories related by 40 veterans from the former Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces, this book breaks new ground, shedding light on an essentially unexplored aspect of the war and giving voice to those who have been voiceless.

Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen has made a major contribution not only to the history of the Vietnam War but also to the history of wars and their aftermath.”Peter Edwards, Official Historian of Australia’s Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts 1948–1975

In a powerful and eloquent book, Nguyen rewrites the South Vietnamese back into their own history and gives them back their voices. This is an important and overdue treatment of the missing dimension of the Vietnam War.”Jeffrey Grey, Professor of History, UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy

Book Launch at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) on 7 March 2017

Book Review Australian Outlook (Australian Institute of International Affairs)

Book Review The Strategist (Australian Strategic Policy Institute)

“[An] outstanding book…. The South Vietnamese military – which lost a quarter of a million men killed in action and nearly 1 million seriously wounded – has largely been ignored, forgotten or dismissed as irrelevant. This excellent and much-needed book, however, gives voices to those unknown soldiers of the Vietnam War, and constitutes an important and necessary addition to the burgeoning scholarship of the war.” – Vietnam Magazine

“Nguyen’s remarkable achievement is her ability to allow the veterans to speak for themselves in this groundbreaking study from that tragic conflict. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries.” Choice

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