America and Vietnam (Viking, 1992)

America and Vietnam: The Elephant and the Tiger

Albert Marrin

Albert Marrin explores the American experience in Vietnam through the war’s political history, its day-to-day horror and heroism and its repercussion on a world that still struggles to understand the lesson of American and Vietnam, the Elephant and the Tiger. It took the lives of Americans on the battlefield and destroyed lives at home when a nation turned against the men it had sent to fight.


Students seem to be saying that they know the Vietnam War is the skeleton in America’s family closet,’ noted junior high school teacher Bill McLoud, ‘and they think they are now old enough to be let in on the secret.’ There’s no better way to do that than with Albert Marrin’s America and Vietnam, a most readable and evenhanded account of that prolonged agony.

—Colonel Harry G. Summers, Jr.
Editor, Vietnam Magazine

I thought the book was excellent~ in writing and content quality. I plan to use this book with my 10th grade students as I feel that it provides an excellent look into not only the war, but the politicians and American people at that time.

—Amazon Review

[A] very good account of the history of Vietnam and events leading up to the Vietnam War. The book is well documented. It presents a complete picture of the difficult thought processes of our country’s leaders as we were drawn into Vietnam. . . One of the book’s strong points is that it portrays the war the way the men who fought remember it. [This is] a must for readers who are interested in history.

—Everett Alvarez, Jr.
Longest-held P. O. W. in the Vietnam War