The Vietnam War ended in 1975, yet to this day it is one of the most well-documented wars in American history. Many Americans may not realize the U.S. military had been engaged in Vietnam since World War II. The United States advised the South Vietnamese military and the French colonist occupiers during the immediate postwar years. It also developed an advisory program after the Geneva Agreements of 1954.
The Government Publishing Office (GPO) online bookstore covers every phase of America’s involvement in Vietnam, including sources showing how the U.S. intelligence community viewed critical developments over a 27-year period, ranging from analysis of the implications of the post-World War II breakup of colonial empires to the Communist takeover of Saigon in 1975.
The extensive coverage of the Vietnam War by every branch of the U.S. military is a testament to the importance the Pentagon placed on Vietnam War decisions made by past presidents and their respective administrations from World War II to the end of the war in 1975.
To gain a better understanding of the history of the Vietnam War, browse GPO’s Vietnam War collection here to find a title that matches the period you might be most interested in reading.
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About the author: Blogger contributor Ed Kessler is a Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publication and Information Sales program office.