Books by Ron Steinman

The Soldiers’ Story: Vietnam in Their Own WordsThe Soldiers’ Story: Vietnam in Their Own Words is an oral history of the Vietnam War, a companion to a television series with the same name and on which author Ron Steinman worked as a producer. In the book, Steinman gathers the candid recollections of 77 men who survived combat in Vietnam. Not a military analysis or political study, this oral history vividly conveys the hardships, friendships, fears, and personal triumphs of Marine, Army, Air Force and Navy veterans, whose memories linger to this day. It is a valuable frontline record of battle-torn Vietnam from the perspective of those who lived it firsthand, giving us a window into the horror, intensity, and raw courage that the war engendered. These eyewitnesses open their hearts and souls to us, sharing feelings many had kept to themselves for thirty years. The Soldiers’ Story lets us share in the life-altering experiences of these articulate veterans.

The Soldiers’ Story is available in Barnes and Noble stores and online at

Women in Vietnam: The Oral HistoryWomen in Vietnam: The Oral History collects the testimonies of sixteen remarkable women who served as nurses, Women’s Army Corps, in the Red Cross, intelligence analysts, or performers to help the troops escape the horrors of the Vietnam War. The book provides an unflinching account of a crucial and long-ignored part of the war. In powerful firsthand accounts, we read of women’s experiences on the front lines, on the bases, and in the cities, towns, and villages. Whether working in the heart of triage or helping to dispense good cheer and raise morale, all of these women served with honor, without complaint, and with distinction. Women in Vietnam is not only a unique historical document, but a powerful record of extraordinary accomplishment.

Women in Vietnam is available from Hutton Electronic Publishing, and

Review on H-net
Steinman on C-SPAN discussing Women in Vietnam at the Rockville Centre (NY) Public Library

Online Reviews

"Astonishingly sad, yet Heroic. This book is not just a " Story", but is a series of interviews from women (now) who were young Girls (then). The pain, horror, and yes, anger, that these women feel now is evident in each one's story. None of them HAD to go to war--They were all volunteers. They went for their " Brothers" who needed them. How selfless! These women, today, continue to suffer from the aftermath of their selfless duty, yet the American Public STILL does not even recognize them as those who saved lives and sanity of the boys who served.
Mr. Steinman did a remarkable job."

A MUST read for all interested in stories of Women in Nam. This is indeed an Oral History told by the women who volunteered their time to go to Viet Nam. Most were not "women" at the time, but just young girls. Their stories were just recently told, and they seem to share a common thread in their telling: The desire to HELP their Country and the young soldiers in America's longest war. Mr. Steinman's Introduction is masterfully done.

Inside Television’s First WarInside Television’s First War: A Saigon Journal, Ron Steinman’s personal memoir of his years in Vietnam, recounts his tenure as head of the NBC News Bureau in Saigon. For more than two years, from April 1966 until September 1968, a time during the Vietnam War that included the major American buildup and the Tet Offensive, Steinman and his colleagues were, for the first time, using television to cover a war for an international audience. During this period, television journalists learned how to report war in a distinctly new way. The experience of a living room war was new, and its effects are still being felt today. Vietnam and especially Saigon come alive—the humid heat, the crowded streets—in a behind the scenes look at how the Vietnam War was covered in this intimate portrait of a news bureau dealing with what became the biggest story of many people’s lives.

Inside Television’s First War is available from the University of Missouri Press
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