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War stories: personal narratives from veterans

Posted on November 10th, 2014

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Those of us who haven’t been in the military will never completely
understand what it’s like to go to a faraway place and face down the
enemy.  Most of us will never be seriously injured in the line of duty or see a buddy killed in action.  The sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform and the experience of war in general are the subject of these memoirs and personal narratives held in Booth Library collections, organized by war and branch of service. Each title is linked to the library catalog record so you can see the book’s availability and how to get it from the shelf. For a complete list with call numbers and short notes, save this file: War-stories-memoirs.

For younger readers, see Booth’s topic guide: War Bibliography: Selected books for Young Adults

Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Air Force
∗  The Passing of the Night:  My Seven Years as a Prisoner of the North Vietnamese
(by Robinson Risner)

Army
∗ 
American Warrior: a Combat Memoir of Vietnam (by John C. “Doc” Bahnsen)
∗ 
American Warrior:  the True Story of a Legendary Ranger (by Gary O’Neal)
∗  . . . And a Hard Rain Fell: a GI’s True Story of the War in Vietnam (by John Ketwig)
∗ 
Bait (by Donald Stephen)
∗ 
Born on the Fourth of July (by Ron Kovic)
∗  The
Boys of ’67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam (by Andrew
Wiest)
∗  Chickenhawk (by Robert Mason)
∗  The Courageous and the Proud (by Samuel Vance)
∗ 
Don’t Mean Nothing: Short Stories of Vietnam (by Susan O’Neill)
∗ 
The Ghosts of Thua Thien: an American Soldier’s Memoir of Vietnam (by John A. Nesser)
∗ 
Going After Cacciato (by Tim O’Brien)
∗  A Hundred Miles of Bad Road: an Armored Cavalryman in Vietnam, 1967-68 (by Dwight Birdwell)
∗  If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home (by Tim O’Brien)
∗ 
In Pharaoh’s Army: Memories of the Lost War (by Tobias Wolff)
∗ 
Journal of a Combat Tanker: Vietnam. 1969 (by Toby L. Brant)
∗ 
My Detachment: a Memoir (by Tracy Kidder)
∗  Nam:  Things that Weren’t True, and Other Stories, Some Funny — Some Sad
(by Robert McGowan)
∗  The New Legions
(by Don Duncan)
∗  Platoon Leader (by James R. McDonough)
∗ 
Rice Paddy Grunt: Unfading Memories of the Vietnam Generation
(by John M.G. Brown)
∗ 
Silence Was a Weapon: the Vietnam War in the Villages, a Personal Perspective
(by Stuart Herrington)
∗ 
Strong at the Broken Places
(by Max Cleland)
∗  The
Things They Carried: a Work of Fiction
(by Tim O’Brien)
∗ 
To Bear Any Burden: a Hoosier Green Beret’s Letters from Vietnam (by Daniel H. FitzGibbon)
∗ 
Two One Pony: an American Soldier’s Year in Vietnam, 1969
(by Charles R. Carr)

Marines
∗ 
Born on the Fourth of July
(by Ron Kovic)
∗  Eye of the Tiger: Memoir of a United States Marine, Third Force Recon Company, Vietnam
(by John Edmund Delezen)
∗  Fire Mission: the World of Nam, a Marine’s Story
(by Earl J. Gorman)
∗  Fortunate Son: the Autobiography of Lewis B. Puller, Jr.
(by Lewis B. Puller)
∗  Last Man Out: the True Story of America’s Heroic Final Hours in Vietnam
(by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin)
∗ 
Passing Time: Memoir of a Vietnam Veteran Against the War
(by W. D. Ehrhart)

∗  Phase Line Green: the Battle for Hue, 1968
(by Nicholas Warr)
  A Rumor of War
(by Philip Caputo)

Navy
∗  Swimmers Among the Trees: SEAL Operations in the Vietnam War 
(by Joel Hutchins)
∗  When Hell Was in Session
(by Jeremiah Denton)
  When I Was a Young Man: a Memoir
(by Bob Kerrey)

Anthology
∗ 
A Piece of My Heart: the Stories of 26 American Women Who Served in Vietnam
(by Keith Walker)
∗  Powder: Writings by Women in the Ranks, from Vietnam to Iraq
(by Lisa Bowden and Shannon Cain, eds.)
∗ 
The Vietnam Reader: the Definitive Collection of American Fiction and Nonfiction on the War
(by Stewart O’Nan)
∗  Women in Vietnam
(by Ron Steinman)

Persian Gulf War, 1991

Air Force
∗ 
Falcon’s Cry: a Desert Storm Memoir (by Michael Donnelly)
∗  Viper Pilot: a Memoir of Air Combat
(by Dan Hampton)

Marines
∗  Baghdad Express: a Gulf War Memoir
(by Joel Turnipseed)
∗  Jarhead: a Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles (by Anthony Swofford)

Yugoslav War, 1991-1995

Air Force
∗  Return With Honor
(by Scott O’Grady)

Afghan War, 2001

Air Force
∗ 
Predator: the Remote Control Air War over Iraq and Afghanistan: a Pilot’s Story (by Matt Martin)

Army
∗  Back in the Fight: the Explosive Memoir of a Special Operator Who Never Gave Up
(by Joseph Kapacziewski)
∗  Crossing the Wire: One Woman’s Journey, and Her Surprising Revelations About the Dangers We Face (by AnnaMaria Cardinalli)
∗  Greetings from Afghanistan, Send More Ammo: Dispatches from Taliban Country (by Benjamin Tupper)
∗  Horse Soldiers: the Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan
(by Doug Stanton)
∗  Lions of Kandahar
(by Rusty Bradley)
∗  Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan
(by Sean Parnell)
∗  The Unforgiving Minute: a Soldier’s Education
(by Craig Mullaney)
∗  The War I Always Wanted: the Illusion of Glory and the Reality of War: a Screaming Eagle in Afghanistan and Iraq
(by Brandon Friedman)

Marines
∗  Into the Fire: a First-Hand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War
(by Dakota Meyer)
∗  A Nightmare’s Prayer: a Marine Corps Harrier Pilot’s War in Afghanistan
(by Michael Franzak)

Navy
∗  Battle Ready: Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic
(by Mark L. Donald)
∗  Lone Survivor: the Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
(by Marcus Luttrell)
∗  The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America’s Deadliest Marksmen
(by Brandon Webb)

Anthology
∗  Heroes Among Us: Firsthand Accounts of Combat from America’s Most Decorated Warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan 
(by Chuck Larson)
∗  Long Hard Road:  NCO Experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq
∗  Nurses in War: Voices from Iraq and Afghanistan
(by Elizabeth Scannell-Desch)
∗ 
Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families
(by Andrew Carroll)
∗  When Janey Comes Marching Home: Portraits of Women Combat Veterans
(by Laura Browder and Sascha Pflaeging)

Iraq War, 2003-2011

Air Force
∗ 
Predator: the Remote-Control Air War Over Iraq and Afghanistan: a Pilot’s Story (by Matt Martin)

Army
∗  An Angel from Hell: Real Life on the Front Lines
(by Ryan Conklin)
∗  Back in Action: an American Soldier’s Story of Courage, Faith, and Fortitude
(by David Rozelle)
∗  Back in the Fight: the Explosive Memoir of a Special Operator Who Never Gave Up
(by Joseph Kapaziewski)
∗  Baghdad at Sunrise: a Brigade Commander’s War in Iraq
(by Peter R. Mansoor)
∗  Battleground Iraq: Journal of a Company Commander
(by Todd S. Brown)
∗  Beyond Duty: Life on the Frontline in Iraq (by Shannon Meehan and Roger Thompson)
∗  The Day After He Left for Iraq: a Story of Love, Family and Reunion
(by Melissa Seligman)
∗  House to House: an Epic Memoir of War
(by David Bellavia)
∗  Just Another Soldier: a Year on the Ground in Iraq
(by Jason Hartley)
∗  Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War (by Matt Gallagher)
∗  The Last True Story I’ll Ever Tell: an Accidental Soldier’s Account of the War in Iraq
(by John Crawford)
∗  My War: Killing Time in Iraq
(by Colby Buzzell)
∗  The War I Always Wanted: the Illusion of Glory and the Reality of War: a Screaming Eagle in Afghanistan and Iraq (by Brandon Friedman)

Marines
∗  Among Warriors in Iraq: True Grit, Special Ops, and Raiding in Mosul and Fallujah
(by Mike Tucker)
∗  Blood Stripes: the Grunt’s View of the War in Iraq (by David Danelo)
∗  Dust to Dust: a Memoir
(by Benjamin Busch)
∗  From Baghdad With Love: a Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava (by Jay Kopelman)
∗  Hesitation Kills: a Female Marine Officer’s Combat Experience in Iraq (by Jane Blair)
∗  Joker One: a Marine Platoon’s Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood (by Donovan Campbell)
∗  Once a Marine: an Iraq War Tank Commander’s Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery (by Nick Popaditch)
∗ 
Packing Inferno: the Unmaking of a Marine (by Tyler Boudreau)

Navy
∗ 
American Sniper: the Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
(by Chris Kyle)
∗  Ruff’s War: a Navy Nurse on the Frontline in Iraq
(by Cheryl Lynn Ruff)

Anthology
∗  Eyewitness to War: the U.S. Army in Operation AL FAJR: an Oral History
(by Kendall Gott)
∗  Gray Land: Soldiers on War
(by Barry M. Goldstein)
∗  Heroes Among Us: Firsthand Accounts of Combat from America’s Most Decorated Warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan
(by Chuck Larson)
∗  The
Lonely Soldier: the Private War of Women Serving in Iraq
(by Helen Benedict)
∗  Long Hard Road: NCO Experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq
∗  Nurses in War: Voices from Iraq and Afghanistan
(by Elizabeth Scannell-Desch)
∗  Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and their Families (by Andrew Carroll)
∗  Powder: Writings by Women in the Ranks, from Vietnam to Iraq (by Lisa Bowden)
∗  Surviving Iraq: Soldiers’ Stories (by Elise Tripp)
∗  What Was Asked of Us: an Oral History of the Iraq War by the Soldiers Who Fought it  (by Trish Wood)
∗  When Janey Comes Marching Home: Portraits of Women Combat Veterans
(by Laura Browder)


 

 

Preparation + Opportunity = Success

Posted on November 3rd, 2014

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College life has always been at least partly about forming effective habits, but the new college reality may also involve such challenges as a computer that eats your 25-page paper or a roommate who can’t seem to remember which stuff is yours.  When the hike to the summit seems too long and cold to endure,  remember that a lot of people — your parents, your professors, your friendly
neighborhood librarians, and your future employers, to name a few — are pulling for you.  Then get your hands on one of these books from Booth Library’s collection and find out how you can keep your feet on the path to success.

csg110 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College:  the Know-how You Need to Succeed
LC1037.5 .C68 2003

Campus Confidential:  the Complete Guide to the College Experience by Students for Students
LB2343.32 .M55 2006

The College Files:  Written for a College Student by a College Student
LB2343.32 .F47 2003x

College Life
LB2343.32 .R67 1992

 

College Rules!  How to Study, Survive, and Succeed in College
LB2343.32 .N57 2002

College Success:  Study Strategies and Skills
LB2343.3 .R49 1996x

Dean’s List:  Eleven Habits of Highly Successful College Students
LB2395 .B28 2011

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About College:  a Guide for
Minority Students

LC3731 .W36 2004

Foundations:  a Reader for New College Students
LB2343.32 .F68 2002

Going Back to School
LB2343.32 .B77 1998x

How to Survive Your Freshman Year
LB2343.32 .H68 2010



I Can Finish College:  the Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide

LC4069.6 .C36 2012

Life During College:  Your Guide to Success
LA229 .R57 2011x

Major in Success:  Make College Easier, Fire Up Your Dreams, and Get a Very Cool Job
LB2343.32 .C65 2003x

Making the Most of Your College Education
LB2343.32 .R35 1996

csg3The Naked Roommate:  and 107 Other Issues You Might Run into at College
LB2343.3 .C62 2005

The New College Reality
LB2343.32 .K47 2012

The Power to Learn:  Helping Yourself to College Success
LB2343 .C323 1997

Professors’ Guide to Getting Good Grades in College
LB2395 .J29 2006

Studying Smart:  Time Management for College Students
LB2395.4 .S3 1990

 

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