Ken Burns and Lynn Novick: The Vietnam War (2)

I watched the second part of the Burns-Novick The Vietnam War. After I posted my brief piece about the first installment, a friend asked me what I thought of a review (see COMMENTS on the September 18 blog post). That set me off to see what other reviews there are. I found half a dozen. If I have time, I’ll read them and maybe comment here.

So much in the first two installments brought back sharp memories, and I was struck by how the film presents commentary by a variety of players from both sides of the conflict without comment or qualification. To me that’s first-class journalism.

Ironically, I just received a new book to review: Daniel P. Bolger’s Our Year of War about the Vietnam war experience of Chuck Hagel and his brother, Tom. That year was 1968. The book lays out the context of the two brothers’ experience with a detailed history of what was going on in Vietnam and the U.S. at the time. Once again the sharpness of my memories, unleashed by this narrative, surprised me.

I’ve ordered the complete The Vietnam War on DVD. As I work my way through it, I’m sure I’ll have more to say here.

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