Shortly after the end of the war in Southeast Asia, the Air University's Airpower Research Institute at Maxwell AFB, Ala., commissioned a series of studies of the aerial aspects of that conflict. Some 40 airmen who had served in the Vietnam War helped write and edit the volumes. Known as the USAF Southeast Asia Monograph Series, the project produced a series of brief studies, subsequently published by the Office of Air Force History, that enjoyed a fair measure of popular appeal, principally because they reflected the experiences of the participants in the fighting. The essay that follows addresses those monographs dealing with air operations against North Vietnam, resistance to the North Vietnamese invasion of the South in 1972, and the evacuation of Saigon in 1975. Instead of concentrating on the experiences of individuals, the author, Bernard C. Nalty, searches for larger themes underlying the combat activity that the monographs describe.