"Nguyen's remarkable achievement is her ability to allow the veterans to speak for themselves in this groundbreaking study from that tragic conflict. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries."
"[An] outstanding book. . . . The South Vietnamese military—which lost a quarter of a million men killed in action and nearly one million seriously wounded—has largely been ignored, forgotten or dismissed as irelevant. This excellent and much-needed book, however, gives voices to those unknown soldiers of the Vietnam War, and constitutes an important and necessary addition to the burgeoning scholarship of the war."
"Nguyen's book is a welcome and important contribution to the study of the Vietnam War, the South Vietnamese state and society, and the post-1975 Vietnamese diaspora. It is also a fine example of the use of personal testimony to explore the complex and ongoing interplay between history and memory."
"...Nguyen's book breaks ground with its broader societal focus, especially in its inclusion of the children of ARVN veterans, who for the most part do not reside in Vietnam...It is important not only for scholars of the war, but also for the veterans and their children and grandchildren who have long been robbed of the chance to commemorate the lives and struggles of their parents and grandparents..."
"...expands the circle of retrieved voices, making a very important contribution to our understanding of the ARVN and its soldiers...Nguyen's book is a very important step in retrieving the histories of the RVN soldiers."
"This book does what oral history enables one to do: it adds to the historical record the experiences and perspectives of groups of people who might otherwise have been hidden from history. . . . South Vietnamese Soldiers thus provides new and valuable first-hand accounts by South Vietnamese soldiers about their service during the war and their lives in its aftermath."
"There is much to commend about this well researched book. It offers a rich and at times heart-wrenching reconstruction of the experiences of combatants whose efforts have been written out of national history by an authoritarian regime and are rarely acknowledged. . . . This book is a valuable addition to the historiography of the Vietnam War."
"A deeply profound work of both historical and current political significance. Nguyen's combination of oral and textual historical research, and her accessible delivery make this text a highly important work for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and those more broadly interested in issues within Vietnamese history, colonial history, refugee studies, gendered histories and the politics of remembrance."
"Nguyen uses oral histories to reveal a key facet of the Vietnam War in a way that challenges U.S.-centric narratives. . . . This work certainly helps to fill a gaping hole in the Vietnam War's historiography while better balancing recognition of who fought."
"Nathalie Nguyen memorializes [South Vietnamese soldiers] stories in her astounding and remarkable book . . . a rare collection of the narratives of RVNAF veterans whose stories have mostly been shrouded behind a cloak of silence. . . . The most notable segment of the book are the oral histories of women who served in the Women's Armed Forces Corps (WAFC)—narratives that cannot be found anywhere else."
"Nguyen provides a strong oral history in which those who were associated with the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces (RVNAF) discuss in their own words their experiences during the war and its aftermath. . . . This work is strongly recommended."
"Overall, Nguyen's book is a welcome addition to the literature on the Vietnam War that achieves its aim of writing the personal stories of South Vietnamese soldiers into the military history of the conflict."
"South Vietnamese Soldiers, by Monash University academic Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen, is . . . an unusual and welcome addition to the burgeoning literature on the war. The South Vietnamese soldiers in this book, and the hundreds of thousands whom they represent, were people not puppets, who fought for a country and a set of ideals in which they believed."
"As two distinguished historians, Peter Edwards and Jeffrey Grey, have separately noted this book recovers a dimension of the Vietnam War missing from the massive literature on the War: It provides the remembered perspective, albeit after 40 or more years and across a chasm of suffering and exile, of those who fought for the losing side."
"Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen has made a major contribution not only to the history of the Vietnam War but also to the history of wars and their aftermath. South Vietnamese Soldiers is both a scholarly and an emotive account of those who served in the armed forces of the Republic of Vietnam. Based on extensive interviews with former service personnel, the book recovers an important dimension of the war, too often distorted or completely overlooked in the extensive literature on the war."
"In a powerful and eloquent book, Nguyen rewrites the South Vietnamese back into their own history and gives them back their voices. This is an important and overdue treatment of the missing dimension of the Vietnam War. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with surviving veterans of the Republic of Vietnam's military, Nguyen restores a critical perspective to the study of the war and offers additional dimensions to our understanding. This often deeply moving study should be read by everyone with an interest in the subject."