After the Vietnam War, the USAF Historical Research Center produced 17 monographs that detailed the history of the War. These documents were Top Secret for many years and were recently released to the public. These documents contain historical data that explain many controversial decisions.
Many books have been written that tell us what happened in the skies over Vietnam. These monographs tell us why those events took place and how the decisions that shaped the war were taken.
The narrative that emerges presents a very different story from the picture of the Vietnam War that is commonly accepted. This first volume covers the birth of the American involvement in the Vietnam War from the arrival of the first advisors to the peak of troop deployment numbers. In this two-volume compilation, the integrity of the original text has been carefully preserved but has been supplemented by a wealth of illustrations. Air War: Vietnam is the definitive account of America's involvement in the Vietnam War.