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CIA Vietnam War Histories, 6 Volumes 1600+ Pages!


This 6 Volume Set of Vietnam War Histories were declassified by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in 2009 and are now available to you from on data CD and comes in a CD sleeve!

In 2009, the CIA Center for the Study of Intelligence released six volumes of previously classified books detailing various aspects of the CIA's operations in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in the '60s and '70s.

The documents, penned by CIA historian Thomas L. Ahern Jr., draw on operations files as well as interviews with key participants to review American foreign policy and provide what CIA chief historian Gerald K. Haines calls a sharp analytical look at CIA programs and reporting from the field.

Ahern covers topics including the CIA's rural pacification efforts in South Vietnam, efforts to stabilize and democratize South Vietnam following the fall of President Ngo Dinh Diem, intelligence officers' failure to identify and monitor munitions supply lines to lower South Vietnam, and failed black entry insertion efforts into North Vietnam.

These 6 volumes of CIA history are based on extensive research in CIA records and on oral history interviews of participants, and totals 1,620 pages of previously top-secret information. It represents the largest amount of Vietnam-era CIA documents yet declassified.


Volume 1:  CIA and the Generals:

Covert Support to Military Government in South Vietnam

(243 pages)

Acknowledgments v

Foreword: ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: Involuntary Passivity 9

Chapter 2: Preserving a Line of Communication 23

Chapter 3: Looking for a Way Out 41

Chapter 4: The Tet Offensive and Political Vietnamization 65

Chapter 5: Distractions and Frustrations 91

Chapter 6: Squeezing Thieu 117

Chapter 7: Trying To Preserve the Status Quo 141

Chapter 8: The Fatal Moment 157

Chapter 9: Surrender Politics and Evacuation Logistics 181

Chapter 10: A Military Decision 199

Epilogue 221

Note on Sources 233

Index 235



Volume 2:  CIA and the House of Ngo: Covert Action in South Vietnam, 1954-63

(231 pages)

Dedication 111

Acknowledgments v

Foreword xi

Chapter 1: Anticolonialism versus Anticommunism 1

Chapter 2: Patrons and Clients 9

Chapter 3: Filling the Void 21

Chapter 4: Bringing the Armies to Heel 37

Chapter 5: Rural Pacification and the Sect Crisis 59

Chapter 6: Leverage in Washington  75

Chapter 7: Democracy or Autocracy  87

Chapter 8: Making the Best of the Bargain 101

Chapter 9: A More Qualified Commitment 111

Chapter 10: Divided Counsels 129

Chapter 11: "People's War" 145

Chapter 12: "This Coup is Finished” 163

Chapter 13: Passive Engagement 185

Chapter 14: Execution 201

Chapter 15: A Doomed Experiment 217

Comment on Sources 225

Index 227



Volume 3:  CIA and Rural Pacification in South Vietnam

(430 Pages)

Dedication iii

Acknowledgments v

Contents  vii

Foreword  ix

Introduction xi

Chapter 1: "The Effort Must Be Made" 1

Chapter 2: "Get Them Before They Get Us" 17

Chapter 3: Counterinsurgency in the Vietnamese Highlands 37

Chapter 4: Sea Swallows and Strategic Hamlets 73

Chapter 5: Operation Switchback 97

Chapter 6: Experiments in the Lowlands 119

Chapter 7: The Kien Hoa Incubator 137

Chapter 8: The People's Action Team  161

Chapter 9: Another Chance in the Countryside  183

Chapter 10: Growing Pains  207

Chapter 11: CORDS  241

Chapter 12: Phoenix  279

Chapter 13: The 1968 Tet Offensive and Accelerated Pacification 307

Chapter 14: Disengagement 339

Chapter 15: A Matter of Running City Hall  377

Chapter 16: The Limits of Pragmatism  393

Source Notes 421

Index  425




Volume 4:  Good Questions, Wrong Answers:  CIA’s Estimates of Arms Traffic Through Sihanoukville, Cambodia, During the Vietnam War

(52 pages)

Introduction  xi

Part One: The Deductive vs. the Empirical

Chapter One: Mostly Chaff 3

Chapter Two: CIA on the Defensive 15

Part Two: A Rationalizing Animal

Chapter Three:  The Ambiguity of It All 33

Chapter Four:  Relying on the Model 41

Source Note 51



Volume 5:  The Way We Do Things: Black Entry Operations Into North Vietnam, 1961-1964

(71 pages)

Introduction 1

Chapter One: When Your Only Tool Is a Hammer 7

The End of the Honeymoon 9

Singletons by Sea, Teams by Air 11

Judgment by Preponderance of Evidence 15

Father to the Thought 17

Under Enemy Control 19

Chapter Two: A More Ambitious Agenda 21

Stepping Up the Pace 22

An Appearance of Success 24


Operation VULCAN 26

Soldiering On 27

Upping the Ante 29

No Other Options 31

Chapter Three: A Hesitant Escalation 33

Structural Problems 33

Business as Usual 35

Restrictive Policy, Ambitious Planning 36

Ambivalence at Headquarters 38

Staying With the Program 40

Taking Off the Gloves 41

Better Aircraft but No Better Luck 44

Improving the Technology 45

A Game Not Worth the Candle 47

Chapter Four: Moving Toward Military Management 49

A Valedictory Surge 50

Under Military Control 52

An Uneasy Partnership 54

With One Hand Tied 54

Chapter Five: "Just Shoot Them” 57

A Cultural lmperative 59

The Lust to Succeed 61

The Pitfalls of "Lessons Learned" 63

Source Note 65

Index 67


Volume 6:  Undercover Armies:  CIA and Surrogate Warfare in Laos

(593 Pages)

PART One: CIA has not released part one of volume 6 of the books, so it is only mentioned here to acknowledge it is supposed to be missing from this CD.


PART Two: 1965-70 209

Chapter Ten

In the Shadow of Vietnam 211

Chapter Eleven

On the Frontline in Sam Neua 233

Chapter Twelve

Introduction to Interdiction 257

Chapter Thirteen

The High Water Mark 275

Chapter Fourteen

Holding Operation 297

Chapter Fifteen

The "Mea Heartland" 323

PART THREE: 1970-72 347

Chapter Sixteen

Taking the War to the Enemy 349

Chapter Seventeen

Chapter Eighteen

Sting Like a Bee 407

Chapter Nineteen

Vietnamization and Escalation 421

Chapter Twenty

Red Light at the End of the Tunnel 443

EPILOGUE: 1973-75 483

Chapter Twenty-one

With an Eye on Paris 485

Chapter Twenty-two

Going the Way of Vietnam 515

Chronology 531

Appendix: The Narcotics Question 535

Source Note and Suggested Reading 549

Index 553


NOTE:  Because of CIA's need to comply with the national security laws of the United States, some documents or parts of documents cannot be released to the public. In particular, the CIA, like other U.S. intelligence agencies, has the responsibility to protect intelligence sources and methods from disclosure. Although these 6 volumes do indicate some information is not included, it will be noted that the vast majority of available information is included. Most of the information not included in the documents is blocked out with white boxes to show information was there but has been removed for security reasons by the CIA.



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