The Only War We Had
A Platoon Leader's Journal of Vietnam
By (author) Michael Lee Lanning
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Only War We Had by Michael Lee Lanning
Book DescriptionIn my year in Vietnam, I walked the booby-trapped rice paddies of the Delta, searching for the elusive Viet Cong, and later macheted my way through the triple-canopy jungle, fighting the North Vietnamese Regulars...I sweated, thirsted, hunted, killed. Somewhere in all my experiences, I overlapped the situations of nearly every infantryman and many others who served. Michael Lee Lanning's journal of his first tour of duty in Vietnam provides an unvarnished daily account of life in the field - the blood, fear, camaraderie, and tedium of combat and maneuver. Fleshed out with narrative and detail years later, the pages of this memorable book, first published in 1987, show an eager young recruit growing before the reader's eyes into a proud but bloodied combat veteran. Subsequent volumes in his ""Vietnam Trilogy"" will detail Lanning's tour as a company commander and his postwar investigation into the mind of the enemy. Through his eyes, readers see the reality of a war that did not always receive glory but was, in his words, ""the only war we had.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781585446049
(216mm x 140mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Texas A & M University Press
Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
Publish Date: 15-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Michael Lee Lanning
Texas Aggies in Vietnam, Hardback (November 2016)
From its inception, graduates of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, now Texas A&M University, have marched off to fight in every conflict in which the US has been involved. The Vietnam War was no different. Michael Lee Lanning, Texas A&M University class of 1968, has gathered over three dozen recollections from those who served.
Inside the VC and the NVA, Paperback (October 2008)
If the costs of the Vietnam War were great to Americans and staggering to the South Vietnamese, they were even worse for the North. Based on interviews, soldiers' diaries, letters, and government documents, this book provides an account of the war that our opponents fought and the men who fought it.
Civil War 100, Paperback (May 2008)» View all books by Michael Lee Lanning
The Civil War was the defining event in American history. To explain why this is, Michael Lee Lanning uses a novel approach to analyse the respective importance of the events, leaders and battles of America's most important war.
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Author Biography - Michael Lee Lanning
MICHAEL LEE LANNING, who retired from a career in the U.S. Army in 1988, was awarded the bronze star for valor with two oak-leaf clusters and numerous other decorations for his service in Vietnam. Author of over a dozen books on military history, he lives in Phoenix.
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