I'm sure that there are literally thousands of books out there about the war, but what you are looking for depends on how you want to approach your research. What Solar said is accurate, but the why's of JFK's involvement is probably a good start, as well as the French involvement. Good luck on your quest and let us know how you turned out in your research.
We should also not forget there was prevailing sentiment at the time about the spread of communism and we were sold this was necessary because of the "domino theory". The politicians and diplomats told us we had to stop communism in Vietnam in order to stop communism in that part of the world. Then when LBJ ramped up the war we were lied to about what was going on. At that point we only had the MSM for information. By the time the people figured out what was going on it was too late. Unfortunately, over 56,000 of our heroes died for the nonsense.
Good idea, in fact, we could make it the official Nam thread, one where we hammer out truth from leftist bull shit (Walter CONkite).
Summary of EventsImperialism and ColonialismThe Vietnam War has roots in Vietnam’s centuries of domination by imperial and colonial powers—first China, which ruled ancient Vietnam, and then France, which took control of Vietnam in the late 1800s and established French Indochina. In the early 1900s, nationalist movements emerged in Vietnam, demanding more self-governance and less French influence. The most prominent of these was led by Communist leader Ho Chi Minh, who founded a militant nationalist organization called the Viet Minh.The First Indochina WarDuring World War II, when France was occupied by Nazi Germany, it lost its foothold in Vietnam, and Japan took control of the country. The Viet Minh resisted these Japanese oppressors and extended its power base throughout Vietnam. When Japan surrendered at the end of World War II in 1945, Ho Chi Minh’s forces took the capital of Hanoi and declared Vietnam to be an independent country, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.