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As I prepared for my assignment as a political/consular officer at the US Embassy in Saigon in 1974, the most important books I read included Mao's writings on People's War and just about anything by Bernard Fall as well as: Fire in the Lake Viet Cong - Douglas Pike The Best and the Brightest - Halberstam People's War, People's Army - Giap And while in Vietnam, I read "The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia" - author forgotten as that copy was lost. After my return from Vietnam, the principle works I have read (in roughly chronological order) include: Decent Interval - Frank Snepp (even if he did get my name wrong) Vietnam, A History - Stanley Karnow The Army and Vietnam - Andrew Krepinevich (which I prefer to Harry Summers) The Fall of Saigon - David Butler Death of the Army - Edward L. King, Lieutenant Colonel, USA (ret) A Bright, Shining Lie - Neil Sheehan We Were Soldiers Once...and Young - Moore and Galloway Once a Warrior King - David Donovan (the Vietnam equivalent of Company Commander about World War II) About Face - David Hackworth Steel My Soldiers' Hearts - Hackworth Robert A. Mosher