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Bob Dole is walking with a group of soldiers outside a building labeled 'chi-huy-truong'

The Vietnam War


The Vietnam War was fought in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam from 1950 to 1973. United States involvement in Vietnam was heaviest from 1965 to 1973. Many Americans did not believe the United States should take part in the war and demonstrated in Anti-Vietnam War protests across the nation.


Davidson, Phillip B. Vietnam at War: The History, 1946-1975. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Herring, George. America’s Longest War, 4th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2002.

Kaiser, David. American Tragedy: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Origins of the Vietnam War. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2000.

Kimball, Jeffrey. Nixon’s Vietnam War. Lawrence, Kan: University Press of Kansas, 1998.

Lind, Michael. Vietnam, the Necessary War: A Reinterpretation of America’s Most Disastrous Military Conflict. New York: Free Press, 1999.

McNamara, Robert S. and Brian VanDeMark. In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam. New York: Times Books, 1995.

Date Range

  • 1964-1973

Online Materials

  • Letters from constituents both for and against the war, US and Republican policy statements regarding the war, assorted newspaper clippings