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Fallen Angels

The works listed will allow your students to further explore the theme of Coming of Age During the Vietnam War and other themes related to Fallen Angels:


Fiction
Caputo, Philip. A Rumor of War. New York: Ballantine Books, 1977. A story of men at war as told by a young midwesterner who comes of age in the jungles of Vietnam. (challenge)

Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage: An Episode of the American Civil War. Ed. Henry Binder. New York: Avon, 1979. A powerful account of a young Civil War soldier's initiation into the grim reality of combat. (average)

Hemingway, Ernest. The Nick Adams Stories. New York: Bantam Books, 1973. A collection of short stories chronicling the life of the fictional character Nick Adams, including his experiences as a World War I soldier and as a disillusioned veteran. (average)

O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. Boston: Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1990. A series of interconnected stories about a platoon of soldiers during the Vietnam War. These stories depict events and contain language that may be disturbing to readers. (challenge)


Nonfiction
Detzer, John. An Asian Tragedy: America and Vietnam. Connecticut: Millbrook, 1992. A comprehensive analysis of the Vietnam War, filled with interesting facts and anecdotes. (easy)

Edelman, Bernard, ed. Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam. New York: W.W. Norton, 1985. A moving collection of letters written by soldiers serving in Vietnam. (average)

Fitzgerald, Frances. Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam. New York: Random House, 1972. A thoughtful, in-depth examination of U.S. military intervention in Vietnam in relation to Vietnamese culture and history. Won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and other prestigious honors. (challenge)