The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick PBS Premier: Sun. 9/17


 Difficult to know if this 18-hour, 10-part documentary will please or anger. The byline “No Single Truth” may not go over well in 2017 since a fair slice of the population prefers to see things in tunnel vision.  I’ll be surprised if the doc. spends more than a few minutes on post-war injuries in any depth.  

The soundtrack CDs (Link) looks fantastic.  The series, a ten-year project, is free to watch on TV or online.  

Links:

The Vietnam War website:  (LINK)

#VietnamWarPBS Twitter   (LINK)

Facebook (LINK)

Reviews  (Link)

Vietnam War PBS  Instagram  (Link)

Image by David Burnett from Vanity Fair article. Ken Burns and Lynn Novak

The National Park Service manages the memorial (LINK).

The memorial includes the names of over 58,000 servicemen and women who gave their lives in service in the Vietnam Conflict. The memorial also includes “The Three Servicemen” statue and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial.

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5 Responses to The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick PBS Premier: Sun. 9/17

  1. SPrice says:

    It should be homework requirement for kids.

  2. Jack Stermer says:

    Any documentary about Vietnam should only be watched after reading; “Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam” by H. R. McMaster. And yes. That’s the same McMaster who is our current U.S. National Security Advisor. (A special question to those who subscribe to the believe “My Country Right or Wrong.” What makes you different than the Nazis?)

  3. Larry Gwinn says:

    I want to see the Vietnamese side, I just walked the jungles of Thailand, Loas and Cambodia. I donated to my local PBS station on just the previews.

  4. Don Bichler says:

    Not sure about this. Already getting glassy-eyed looking at the link. Maybe record it and watch it alone. This might be tough. When I get like this I want to dig up former politicians and generals and piss on them. And I never want to see the wall.

    • Kiedove says:

      I did visit the wall many years ago and I felt much more emotional than I thought I would. No memorial or film, no matter how respectful, can ever heal the wounds of war. I think this PBS program is going to be difficult viewing for those who lived through this time. Should be a useful resource for history teachers who want to teach the subject.

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