This study is based largely on unpublished, official U.S. government documents
and records. Unless otherwise stated in the notes, all documents cited can be
found in the Pacification Research Collection at the U.S. Army's Center of Military
In preparing this study, the author had access to files in the Agency for International Development, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Department of State, and the Department of the Army. The author was also able to visit Vietnam twice in 1970, while working for the Center of Military History, and to retrieve the files of Ambassadors Komer and Colby and many other pacification officials. The author also interviewed senior officials to amplify the written record or secure undocumented information. In addition, the author used records of interviews conducted by other members of the Center of Military-History; for example, the interviews of General Westmoreland by Charles B. MacDonald.
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