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Vietnam War Photos That Made a Difference

“A group of people are huddled together in a jungle clearing, some with arms reaching toward a light from above. At first glance, perhaps an allegorical painting from the age of da Vinci. But on closer examination, it’s a black … Continue reading

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Echoes of 1969 – Harvard University and the Vietnam War

Shortly before noon on April 9, student demonstrators convened in front of Memorial Church before heading to University Hall to read their demands. … “In the late 1960s, American society seemed in crisis. The Tet Offensive that began in January … Continue reading

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The Secret War That Transformed the CIA

American helicopters land at Khe Sanh base, on the Laos border on February 1, 1971. “If you work at it, you can make a case that Americans fought on the right side in Vietnam. There is an argument — not … Continue reading

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Decent interval

Henry Kissinger and President Richard Nixon discussing the Vietnam situation in Camp David, 1972. “Decent interval is a theory regarding the end of the Vietnam War which argues that from 1971 or 1972, the Nixon Administration abandoned the goal of … Continue reading

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I Survived Vietnam. Will I Survive This Pandemic?

Servicemen lined up at Tan Son Nhut Airfield, in South Vietnam, during services for American killed in action in 1962. “SARNANO, Italy — A very long time ago, I was one of more than two million American men and women … Continue reading

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What Was the Vietnam War About?

A group of South Vietnamese army soldiers and an American soldier with two captured Vietcong suspects, in Plaines des Joncs, South Vietnam. “Was America’s war in Vietnam a noble struggle against Communist aggression, a tragic intervention in a civil conflict, … Continue reading

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The Fantasy World of US Empire

American helicopters hover above armed U.S. soldiers, preparing to lift them from combat back to their base in Tay Ninh. “In US social memory, the Vietnam War is typically imagined to have been a civil war between two sides: South … Continue reading

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Hearts and Minds (Vietnam)

“Hearts and Minds (Vietnam) or winning hearts and minds refers to the strategy and programs used by the governments of Vietnam and the United States during the Vietnam War to win the popular support of the Vietnamese people and to … Continue reading

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Vietnam, Vietnam – Pete Hamill (April 1985)

“Sometimes, in odd places, it all comes back. You are walking a summer beach, stepping around oiled bodies, hearing only the steady growl of the sea. Suddenly, from over the horizon, you hear the phwuk-phwuk-phwuk of rotor blades and for … Continue reading

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Nixon White House tapes

“The Nixon White House tapes are audio recordings of conversations between U.S. President Richard Nixon and Nixon administration officials, Nixon family members, and White House staff, produced between 1971 and 1973.  In February 1971, a sound-activated taping system was installed … Continue reading

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