Category Archives: Hanoi

The Laos Crisis, 1960–1963

“The first foreign policy crisis faced by President-elect John F. Kennedy was not centered in Berlin, nor in Cuba, nor in the islands off the Chinese mainland, nor in Vietnam, nor in any of the better-known hot spots of the … Continue reading

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The Viet Cong Committed Atrocities, Too

Survivors covering the bodies of some of the 114 villagers in Dak Son killed by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops in December 1967. “Under the cover of night on Dec. 5, 1967, a coalition of Viet Cong guerrillas … Continue reading

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Mission to Hanoi, 1968

Hoa Lo prison (the “Hanoi Hilton”). “In the 1960s, Jesuit priest and poet Daniel Berrigan, his brother Josephite priest Philip Berrigan, and Trappist monk Thomas Merton formed an interfaith coalition against the Vietnam War. In 1967, Philip was arrested for … Continue reading

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Hanoi Hannah

“Trịnh Thị Ngọ ([ṯɕïŋ˧ˀ˨ʔ tʰi˧ˀ˨ʔ ŋɔ˧ˀ˨ʔ]; 1931 – 30 September 2016), also known as Thu Hương and Hanoi Hannah, was a Vietnamese radio personality best known for her work during the Vietnam War, when she made English-language broadcasts for North … Continue reading

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The Best and the Brightest – David Halberstam (1972)

“The Best and the Brightest, Pulitzer Prize winner David Halberstam’s latest, most important and impressive book, sets out to discover why America got involved in the worst and messiest war in our history. ‘What was it about the men, their … Continue reading

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People’s War (1969)

“… In the summer of 1969, Newsreel went to North Vietnam. From that trip came PEOPLE’S WAR. This film moves beyond the perception of the North Vietnamese as victims to a portrait of how the North Vietnamese society is organized. … Continue reading

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The War of Leaks

Lyndon Johnson with Dean Rusk at the White House in 1967. “Leaks have been in the news a lot lately, but unauthorized disclosures of secret information have long been a staple of Washington politics and journalism — including during the … Continue reading

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