The Vietnam War is far from straightforward. There are amazing scholarly works out there, but are there any that maintain that academic credibility without the usual density?
- The Vietnam War: A Concise International History by Mark Atwood Lawrence – This is a great place to start. With the main focus on American involvement from 1965-1975, Lawrence delves deeper into Vietnam’s past to present a more complete understanding of the motives and development of the struggle in Vietnam. As the title suggests, he takes into account the roles of the Soviet Union and China.
This is honestly the only book right now that I would recommend that provides a great introduction to the war for those just starting out.