• A Rift in the Earth

  • Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial
  • By: James Reston
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-17-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Distinguished and Bestselling Historian and Vietnam Vet Revisits the Culture War that Raged around the Selection of Maya Lin's Design for the Vietnam Memorial
A Rift in the Earth tells the remarkable story of the ferocious "art war" that raged between 1979 and 1984 over what kind of memorial should be built to honor the men and women who died in the Vietnam War. The story intertwines art, politics, historical memory, patriotism, racism, and a fascinating set of characters, from those who fought in the conflict and those who resisted it to politicians at the highest level. At its center are two enduring figures: Maya Lin, a young, Asian-American architecture student at Yale whose abstract design won the international competition but triggered a fierce backlash among powerful figures; and Frederick Hart, an innovative sculptor of humble origins on the cusp of stardom.
James Reston, Jr., a veteran who lost a close friend in the war and has written incisively about the conflict's bitter aftermath, explores how the debate reignited passions around Vietnam long after the war's end and raised questions about how best to honor those who fought and sacrificed in an ill-advised war.
"The memorial appears as a rift in the earth, a long polished black stone wall, emerging from and receding into the earth." - Maya Lin
"I see the wall as a kind of ocean, a sea of sacrifice.... I place these figures upon the shore of that sea." - Frederick Hart
©2017 James Reston, Jr. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Hiro on 12-10-17

A touching story

I liked it a lot. A fascinating piece of history, also well narrated.
I’m glad I found this book.
Highly recommend.

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