I have officially completed the War Through the Generations challenge for 2010. This year the focus was on the Vietnam War. This is a war that I've long been interested in reading about but needed the push this challenge gave me to actually read about it. While I have completed 5 books, I have a couple more that I still plan to read, probably next year. This is, by far, one of my favorite challenges. I'm challenge to read about topics that, while interest me, I don't normally read about. This year I focused on books that dealt with Americans. Sure not every book was non-fiction, but the characters were still American, and that's what I wanted. I feel very un-educated when it comes to the Vietnam war and I want to change that. While my interest lies more with the human interest side of things and not the technical, war theory, etc side of it, I still feel like I'm learning about the War and what it did to our men who fought and served for our country.
Here are the books I read for this challenge, click HERE to see reviews for all of them:
The Barracks Thief by Tobias Wolff
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
In the Wake of the Boatman by Jonathon Scott Fuqua
Paco's Story by Larry Heinemann
Dear American: Letters Home from Vietnam Edited by Bernard Edelman