The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War

DVD - 2017 | Widescreen edition.
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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: [Arlington, Virginia] : PBS, [2017]
Edition: Widescreen edition.
ISBN: 9781531701734
Branch Call Number: DVD 959.7043 VIE
Characteristics: 10 videodiscs (approximately 18 hrs.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround, rda
video file, DVD video, rda
Additional Contributors: Coyote, Peter


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Feb 03, 2018

Of all the documentaries on the wars in Vietman this is the best I have seen. (And yes I recall watching "The Ten Thousand Day War" and "Vietnam A Television History" back in the 1980s). This series had so much depth it is almost overwhelming. Ken Burns and Lynn Novick have drill deep not only into the history of the United States and Vietnam but the involvement of the French in colonizing and brutalizing Vietnam from the 1850s onward. It explains how the Vietnamese fought for their independence and then amongst themselves, And follows the numerous mis-steps that numerous American governments took to expand and escalate the war throughout Indochina. Many times I was moved by the oral histories given by those who told their stories of what they did and what happened to their loved ones.

Jan 28, 2018

I couldn't believe how well this documentary series was done. It should be required viewing for all kinds of people. It represents the conversation that America never had with itself until now. Ten episodes, each running between 90 and 120 minutes, makes for close to 20 hours of viewing. Quite a commitment to sit through all that, but it was never once a burden. Food for thought for weeks afterwards. An incredible eye-opener. A must-see if there ever was one.

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