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The Nightmare of the Mekong: A True History of Love, Family and the War in Vietnam, Terry M. Sater, $22

In a gritty personal account written by author Terry M. Sater, a sailor who manned automatic weapons during the Vietnam War, The Nightmare of the Mekong depicts the intense combat on the rivers, streams, and canals of the Mekong Delta. Utilizing official summaries, Operation Reports, and military historical records, Sater weaves together an intensely personal history of the war that provides a vivid picture of the savage fighting that took place between Viet Cong guerrillas and the U.S. Navy.