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The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

by Tim O'Brien

Abstraction may make your head believe, but a good story, well told, will also make your kidneys believe, and your scalp and your tear ducts, your heart, and your stomach, the whole human being.

Tim O'Brien (Copyright Marion Ettlinger, courtesy of Houghton Mifflin)


Appy, Christian G. Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides. New York: Viking, 2003.

Karnow, Stanley. Vietnam: A History. New York: Viking, 1983.

Langguth, A. J. Our Vietnam/Nuoc Viet Ta: The War 1954-1975. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.


PBS's American Experience: Vietnam Online
This website provides information on the Vietnam War including maps, a list of key officials, descriptions of events, and an online teacher's guide.

The U.S. Army website
The official homepage of the United States Army contains information about army life, stories of combat heroics, and news from around the world.


Last Days of Vietnam. Dir. Rory Kennedy. American Experience Films/PBS, 2014.
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