The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War

Volume Two (episodes 6-10)

DVD - 2017
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In an immersive narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. Features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.
Publisher: [United States] : Distributed by PBS Distribution, c2017
Branch Call Number: DVD 959.7043 V678802 2017
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
5 videodiscs (approximately 570 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: In English or Spanish, with some Vietnamese dialogue accompanied by English subtitles; Optional English or Spanish subtitled; Closed-captioned; Video descriptions
Alternative Title: Vietnam War. Volume 2


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Episodes six through ten cover Tet up to the capture of Saigon. Terrific documentary. My quibble is that at the end Burns and Novick attach a feel-good coda about Maya Lin and Vietnam Veterans Memorial which is supposed to stand in for a real discussion about the legacy of the war and our amnesia about what was once called the "Vietnam Syndrome," the post-1975 aversion of the American public for overseas adventures. Reagan (Grenada), Bush (Panama, Kuwait), Clinton (Kosovo) and W. (Afghanistan, Iraq) all helped to bury it. Now the U.S. is engaged in more overseas adventures than ever before with almost no congressional input. It was the refusal of the U.S. Congress in 1975 to appropriate more money for the war that brought it to an end. That would never happen today.

Dec 02, 2017

Of the 100+ songs in this series, only 1 is a Vietnamese song.
Burns & Novick could have done better.


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