The Vietnam War Is Not Over


Marines marching in Danang, Vietnam, March 15, 1965
“‘The Vietnam War’ Ken Burns says in a recent interview, ‘was the most important event in American history since World War II.’ But, he explains, it’s also an event that tore the United States apart, a war whose wounds have not yet healed, a war we often try to forget. In the very first interview of this ten-part, eighteen-hour documentary, ‘The Vietnam War,’ author Karl Marlantes describes how ‘coming home from the war was close to as traumatic as the war itself.’ For years, he continues, no one really wanted to talk about what had happened. ‘It’s like living in a family with an alcoholic father — shh, we don’t talk about that.’ With their new documentary, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick suggest that we not only do need to talk about the war, especially the terrible divisions it left behind, but that together we can begin to overcome them. In addition to recounting the bloody history of the Vietnam War, their documentary seeks to facilitate a kind of collective therapy, where all sides, Americans and Vietnamese, the North and the South, GIs and antiwar activists, can finally begin to work towards closure. …”
Jacobin
Washington Post: When Ike Was Asked to Nuke Vietnam
Jacobin: The Forgotten Interventions
America’s amnesia
amazon: Misalliance: Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and the Fate of South Vietnam, Hell No: The Forgotten Power of the Vietnam Peace Movement by Tom Hayden
New Yorker: Ken Burns’s American Canon
New Republic: The Insidious Ideology of Ken Burns’s The Vietnam War
Guardian: Hell No review: celebration of Vietnam protests can inform resistance to Trump by Tom Hayden
Guardian – Ken Burns: How Vietnam War sowed the seeds of a divided America
New Yorker: The Vietnam War Is Still Killing People

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