The Things They Carried

by: Tim O’Brien

Companion Texts

Further study Companion Texts

Ken Burns' Vietnam War documentary

Pbs.org

A 10-part series about the Vietnam War by the documentarian Ken Burns. The first and second episode provide context for how the war started. Other episodes explore the war from the Vietnamese perspective, as well as how people of color and women were involved.

'The Things They Carried,' 20 Years On

Npr.org

In this half-hour audio interview from 2010, the author discusses interviewed the book, particularly its importance to veterans, and reflects on the place it now holds in the American canon.

The Vietnam War: The Moth Radio Hour

Themoth.org

An hour-long audio collection from The Moth, a storytelling podcast. The three stories included are a soldier’s story from Vietnam, as well as one from a female nurse who served during the war, and another from a Vietnamese man who tried to save his brothers during an American attack.

Interactive Vietnam War Memorial

Go.Fold3.com

This website allows users to explore the Vietnam War Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., including a chance to look at letters and mementos left by visitors.

The War That Killed Trust

Nytimes.com

An op-ed from The New York Times, in which the author, a Vietnam War veteran, examines the ways American culture and society was changed by the Vietnam War.

Survivors of Vietnam's My Lai massacre remember 'darkness and silence'

Reuters.com

On the 50th anniversary of one of the most horrific incidents of the war, Vietnamese survivors recall the incident.

Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.

Youtube.com

The song, one of Springsteen’s most famous, is in the voice of a Vietnam veteran reflecting on his experience in the war 10 years after he has returned.