Vietnam, A Television History

Vietnam, A Television History

DVD - 2004
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An extraordinary, Emmy(r) award-winning series about the people who masterminded this controversial war, and the Americans and Vietnamese who fought it. This eleven-hour DVD collection carefully analyzes the costs and consequences of this controversial but intriguing war. From the first episode, Roots of a War, to the last, The End of the Tunnel, it provides a detailed visual and oral account of the war that changed a generation and continues to color American thinking on many military and foreign policy issues.
Publisher: [Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Boston Video, c2004.
ISBN: 9781593751463
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (ca. 11 hr.) :,sd., col. and b&w ;,12 cm.


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VIETNAM: A TELEVISION HISTORY was a very important event in the 1980s. It is a dissection from a mainstream perspective of the folly and the hubris of the United States' military engagement in Vietnam. What I took away from seeing it again last month is how completely tilted mainstream perception is now towards neoconservatism -- that there is no limit to America's full spectrum military dominance. This was not the case in the early to mid-1980s (what is referred to as "Vietnam Syndrome"). Then there were a series of splendid little wars (Grenada, Panama, Desert Storm) followed by 9/11, and today the body politic has completely assimilated its steady diet of unending military conflict -- until something catastrophic happens like war on the Korean Peninsula. It'll be interesting to watch the Ken Burns VIETNAM to see how it compares.

Jun 16, 2016

Very disappointing! The contents of the 4 videodisk set have been extensively cut. Much of the best interviews and hours of archival film footage have been removed from the originally televised version. Unlike the acclaimed Ken Burns documentary, the original 13-part series had the luxurious advantage of being filmed while a great many of the key participants of that war were still alive and willing to be interviewed. This edited version largely skips over the French colonial history of Indochina, the Japanese World War 2 occupation and the ensuing "first" Vietnam war of 1945-1954.

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