If you’ve streamed your way through all ten episodes of the Ken Burns Vietnam documentary and still want to make a friend of Horror, head over to the New-York Historical Society for their Vietnam War: 1945-1975 exhibition. [ more › ...
Former Defense secretary Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam War veteran, calls president's comments beneath the dignity of the presidency.
Jane Fonda used to regret going to North Vietnam during the war to propagandize for the enemy: This isn’t the first time Jane Fonda has apologized for the infamous 1972
A half century ago today on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wisconsin was the first seriously violent demonstration against the war in Vietnam, which resulted in 76 injuries. It brought a resounding end to the naïve idealism...Show More Summary
(Scott Johnson) I posted my “Notes on the Ken Burns version” as a placeholder until such time as more knowledgeable observers than I am could publish their comments on the updated left-wing account of the Vietnam War. In place of fairness it gives us a pretense of Olympian if sorrowful detachment. Show More Summary
Many protesters risked jail not to avoid serving in Vietnam, but to dissent against what they believed was an unjust war.
Even as they stress his civil-rights legacy, popular portrayals ignore the issue that loomed largest over Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency: the Vietnam War.
One can hope that we might draw lessons from the Vietnam War’s legacy of near-erasure of non-white experiences; that the growth of veterans writing workshops and anthologies will represent to future generations a more complete picture of The Forever War. The post The Uncomfortable Whiteness of Contemporary War Literature appeared first on The Millions.
A New Guide to Clear Thinking in a Confusing World. During the early days of the Vietnam War, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara wanted to know if American military efforts in Vietnam were effective. He charted the numbers of weapons lost, enemies killed, and so on. But there was a hole in his thinking. A critical colleague told McNamara he’d failed to count “the […]
(Scott Johnson) I put everything I had to offer on the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick/Geoffrey Ward documentary The Vietnam War into “Notes on the Ken Burns version.” I think the documentary seeks to fix the record in falsity. To take only one...Show More Summary
"... when he recounts narrowly slipping out of the Vietnam War draft and wonders who might’ve gone in his stead." From New York Magazine's very positive review of Bruce Springsteen's Broadway show "On Broadway."He "acknowledges" that...Show More Summary
A series that premiered recently on PBS looks like a hit for the broadcast service. The AP reports that approximately 13 million people saw the premiere episode of the new Ken Burns documentary “The Vietnam War,” which premiered Sept. 17....
Author of book about deserting during Vietnam war talks to West Point class.
Reading a book about the Vietnam War recently, it occurred to me that we’ve never had a Vietnam vet as president, even though two (John McCain and John Kerry) have been nominees.
Since 2005, the Honor Flight Network has been sending World War II, Korean War and now, more Vietnam War veterans to D.C. so they can share their memories with other veterans from across the U.S. and visit the war memorials dedicated to where they performed their service.
The 2017 MacArthur fellows have been revealed, and among the honorees are an experimental opera director, a freewheeling novelist exploring the moral complexities of the Vietnam War, a Nigerian painter mining her “Afropolitan” perspective and a gender-bending theater pioneer. What do these four...
RON RADOSH ON PBS’S VIETNAM WAR DOCUMENTARY: How Burns and Novick Fail to Portray Ho Chi Minh Accurately. Despite their claims, some of which you will hear in the documentary, Ho Chi Minh had not the slightest interest in the Declaration of Independence. His only concern was to use it as a tool to help […]
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: PBS’ The Vietnam War Miseducates America. There’s a lot to chew on, but the most telling stuff is in this graf: Both programs depict Ho Chi Minh as more of a nationalist than a communist, but never seriously address the question of why such a “nationalist” would wage a war of aggression against […]