"Seven Pillars of Wisdom," T.E. Lawrence (preferably the 1922 version)
"A Soldier With the Arabs," Lieutenant General John Bagot Glubb (He was the commander of the Jordanian Army for many years)
"The Last Valley. Dien Bien Phu and the Defeat of the French in Viet Nam" Martin Windrow (Covers the whole French war and the players in depth. The best on this subject)
"The Killer Angels" Michael Shaara. (A Novel – Pulitzer -Gettysburg)
"Lancelot" Walker Percy (A Novel by one of America’s finest writers)
"From the Holy Mountain" William Dalrymple. (A Journey Among the People of a Dying Civilization)
Your opinion, if you would share it, on Fall’s Street Without Joy. I have not read Windrow but shall add him to my list.
Fall was a lecturer at the Special Warfare school at Ft. Bragg when I went through there in ’64 and heard him lecture several times. Very interesting, very French, very knowledgeable.
I have read several of his books, some several times. The one you refer to is a good book. It particularly captures the fighting from the point of view of the French Union forces to whom he was much attached and in some sense in mourning for until he stepped on a mine. The maps are good and it is easy to follow the action in his book.
Windrow’s book does all that and in addition discusses the political background of the struggle in depth as well as the detailed structure of the armies and the political warfare of the Viet Minh.
Both are good books. pl