One Book, One Campus

 Photograph VA058661, 18-20 February, 1969, 4th Infantry (War Dog Provisional) helicopter, UH-1D, Vietnam, Combat Tracker Team, U.S. Army Aviation Museum Volunteer Archivists Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Tim O'Brien

The Things They Carried, a group of interconnected stories about a platoon of soldiers deployed during the Vietnam War, was a finalist for both the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. This book is neither autobiographical nor fictional, but both -- it takes O'Brien's true-life experiences and heightens them. These are stories about cowardice, love, death, grief, longing. In the end, these stories are about war, and the human condition, and what war does to us as humans. To quote Tim O'Brien: "You can tell a true war story by the way it never seems to end. Not then, not ever."

Watch this space for information about events that we're hosting to support this book. Check out these websites for information on the author, as well as the topics of Vietnam and the time period of the war. There is also a bibliography of books and videos available in the library.



  • Tuesday, 18 November, 5pm, LRC205: Book Talk. Refreshments will be served.
  • Wednesday, 19 November, 5:30pm, LRC205: “Good Morning Vietnam.” Refreshments will be served.
  • Thursday, 20 November, 9:30am, Guthrie Hall:  Michael Cushner from the Psychology Department will be giving a talk about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Wednesday, 26 November, 1pm, LRC205: "The Hurt Locker." Refreshments will be served.


Web Links:

The Big Read (National Endowment for the Arts): The Things They Carried: Teacher's Guide

The Big Read (National Endowment for the Arts): The Things They Carried: Reader's Guide

The Things They Carried Interactive Exhibition: National Veterans Art Museum

"''The Things They Carried,' 20 Years On," Talk of the Nation, NPR,

The New York Times: The Vietnam War (articles, videos, and more)

Time:  The Vietnam War (covers, articles, pictures, specials)

Texas Tech University Vietnam Center and Archive

Writing Vietnam (a conference held in 1999)

POV: Re: War (PBS)

 Battlefield: Vietnam (PBS)

The Wars for Viet Nam: 1945 to 1975

Veterans History Project (Library of Congress)

Inside Media: A Photographic History of the Vietnam War

The War Within: Dissent During Crisis in America

"Remembering Vietnam: Days of Protest," PBS, Online NewsHour,

African-American Involvement in the Vietnam War

The Sixties

National Center for PTSD (Veteran Affairs)

Public Health: Agent Orange (Veteran Affairs)

Veterans' Health Activities: Vietnam Studies (Centers for Disease Control)

Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office

County of Ventura Veterans Services

California Department of Veteran Affairs

Veterans Resource Center at Ventura County Library