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What fighting Americans is like: A request from a Best Defender for a reading list

One longtime reader and sometime contributor, John Haas, a history prof, requests that we compile a reading list of "Accounts, diaries, memoirs, and analyses from the other side (foes, enemies) of America's wars."

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One longtime reader and sometime contributor, John Haas, a history prof, requests that we compile a reading list of “Accounts, diaries, memoirs, and analyses from the other side (foes, enemies) of America’s wars.”

I like this idea. What suggestions do you have? One that immediately comes to mind is The Sorrow of War, written by a North Vietnamese soldier. Another that I learned a lot from was A Vietcong Memoir. It would be nice to have two from every American war.

I especially wonder: Has anyone seen an account from a post-9/11 foe?

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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