Our resident historian Dr. John Foster discussed the continued fighting in Vietnam from 1954 to 1963 during a special program last week. We recorded it for anyone who could not attend.
He discussed the leadership of Ngo Dinh Diem, the frustration of John Paul Vann, and the catastrophic Battle of Ấp Bắc.
This is the third lecture in Foster’s year-long series on The Vietnam Wars. Both of the previous lectures in Foster’s series can be viewed in their entirety on our website:
As part of his talk, Foster recommended several books on this era in Vietnam, including:
- A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan
- Vietnam: A History by Stanley Karnow
- The Making of a Quagmire by David Halberstam
- A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo
- Vietnam-Perkasie: A Combat Marine Memoir by W.D. Ehrhart
- Dispatches by Michael Herr
- Fire in the Lake by Frances Fitzgerald
- If I Die in a Combat Zone by Tim O’Brien
- Close Quarters by Larry Heinemann
- Street Without Joy by Bernard B. Fall
In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War II, the Cold War, the American Revolution and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.