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I recently (Oct 2017) watched the 18 hours long documentary titled “the Vietnam War” aired by PBS and produced by Ken Burns. It’s an excellent production that gives a very comprehensive account of the entire war.
Yet some aspects of history were missing from this documentary — like the history of Vietnam’s own struggle with communism that lead to the factionalism and the creation of the Viet Cong. So while the documentary refers to the North Vietnam Army and the Viet Cong often, the viewer remains unclear about the delineation between the two.
This book covered those gaps for me. While the documentary filled me with extensive details of deployment, action on the battlefield, the political maneuvers in the US and the personal account of some families, this book served as the "Executive Summary" that capped the picture.
It’s an excellent account of the Vietnam war and powerfully narrated. It will serve those well who wish to get an objective picture within a short time.
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This brief account of the Vietnam War, while interesting and very well performed, he's a typical left wing liberal narrative. It goes into much detail about the blundering, deceitfulness, and ineptitude of American political and military leaders, and the repressive and brutal nature of the South Vietnamese government. Yet it makes hardly any mention and certainly goes into no discussion of the lying propaganda, oppression of the peasantry, mass murder of perceived state enemies, and the overall oppressive and dictatorial reality of the Communists. After listening to this, One is left with the impression that the communist North Vietnamese were nothing other than Noble nationalists fighting for the freedom of their oppressed countrymen against the criminal actions of the unthinking Americans. No mention is made of the treatment of American prisoners of war or of the South Vietnamese people after the fall of Saigon. And very little information is given about the larger context of the Cold War and the reality of communist aggression. Where this is mentioned it is presented as though it were unfounded American paranoia. This is a completely biased and one-sided account. The greatest lesson I take from it is to never listen to his street in our presentations that are related to the Cold War.
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This is a political timetable of the main issues which tells you very little about the war itself.
a good brief introduction, however i feel the topic is a little to complex to cover in an hour. the time line is a little confusing near the end and the is no reflection on the aftermath of this war.