Key to understanding history is the examination of primary documents. The following books contain important documents from all sides of the war. The editors built a narrative around these documents, composing them in thematic order with some interpretation in order to tell their story.
- Vietnam and America: The Most Comprehensive Documented History of the Vietnam War edited by Marvin Gettleman, Jane Franklin, Marilyn Young, H. Bruce Franklin
- A Vietnam War Reader: A Documentary History from American and Vietnamese Perspectives edited by Michael H. Hunt
- Major Problems in the History of the Vietnam War: Documents and Essays edited by Robert McMahon
- The Vietnam War: Vietnamese and American Perspectives edited by Jayne Werner, Luu Doan Huynh