Anderson, David L. "J. Lawton Collins, John Foster Dulles, and the Eisenhower Administration's Point of No Return in Vietnam." Diplomatic History 12, no. 2 (1988): 127-147. [Petersen]
Arnold, James R. The First Domino: Eisenhower, the Military and America's Intervention in Vietnam. New York: Morrow, 1991.
Surveillant 2.1: "A chronological account -- from 1945 to 1962 -- of the decisions that led to America's military commitment in Vietnam."
Gibbons, William C. The U.S. Government and the Vietnam War: Executive and Legislative Roles and Relationships. 3 vols. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1986-1989.
Petersen: "Originally prepared for the Congressional Research Service.... Extensive coverage of intelligence aspects of the war through 1965."
Patti, Archimedes L. A. Why Viet Nam? Prelude to America's Albatross. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1980. 1981. [pb]
Pforzheimer: Patti was briefly OSS chief of station in Hanoi in 1945 after a stint running OSS Indochina operations from Kunming. He "had access to the OSS files in writing this heavily footnoted book...." He carries the story of U.S. involvement in that area until the mid-1950s. "Patti's friendship with, and admiration for, Ho Chi Minh" made the book controversial.
Stanton, Shelby L.
1. Green Berets at War: U.S. Army Special Forces in Southeast Asia, 1956-1975. Novato, CA: Presidio, 1985. [pb] 1995.
Surveillant 4.4/5 notes that the book includes an "excellent treatment of the problems attendant on the transformation of early SF [Special Forces] activity in Southeast Asia under CIA and U.S. Army auspices to a mainly U.S. Army responsibility in 1963."
2. Special Forces at War: An Illustrated History, Southeast Asia 1957-1975. Charlottesville, VA: Howell Press, 1990. [Gibish]
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