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The Black Dwarf

“The Black Dwarf  was announced with a free broadsheet on 1 May 1968 and published four weeks later. The inspiration was the struggle of the Vietnamese liberation movement against American imperialism that had taken over territories from the European colonial … Continue reading

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Did the news media, led by Walter Cronkite, lose the war in Vietnam?

CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite went to Vietnam to provide viewers with an assessment of the war’s progress. His one-hour special report aired on Feb. 27, 1968. “Until 1968, Walter Cronkite believed what his government told him about the Vietnam … Continue reading

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‘Random Murder, Rape, and Pillage’: A US Soldier Describes 1968 in Vietnam

“Richard Brummett was born into a family of true believers—in Jesus, in war, and in a particular idea of America. He spent his youth at odds with, and trying to live up to, his father, a combat veteran of World … Continue reading

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The Siege of Chicago at 50: Todd Gitlin Remembers

Demonstrators greet military police with jeers outside the Democratic National Convention headquarters, August 29, 1968. “A key figure in and historian of the New Left, Todd Gitlin was president of Students for a Democratic Society in 1964–65 and helped organize … Continue reading

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The Best of Michael Herr

“The brilliant war correspondent Michael Herr passed away Thursday at the age of seventy-six. Herr wrote the opening narration for Francis Ford Coppola’s surreal Vietnam epic, Apocalypse Now, and along with Stanley Kubrick and Gustav Hasford he wrote the screenplay for Full Metal Jacket. But Herr is … Continue reading

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The American Who Predicted Tet

“The Tet offensive, which began 50 years ago today and is remembered as the turning point of the Vietnam War, caught Americans by surprise. One of the few who saw what was coming was Edward Lansdale, the legendary covert operative … Continue reading

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Võ Nguyên Giáp

“Võ Nguyên Giáp (Vietnamese: [vɔ̌ˀ ŋʷīən zǎːp]; 25 August 1911 – 4 October 2013) was a Vietnamese general in the Vietnam People’s Army and a politician. Võ Nguyên Giáp is considered one of the greatest military strategists of the 20th century. … Continue reading

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My part in the anti-war demo that changed protest for ever

A protester is bundled away outside the US embassy in Grosvenor Square. “The only direct reporting from Saigon in the Observer on 17 March 1968 was on an inside page: a two-column dispatch by Gavin Young reflecting on the sobering … Continue reading

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The First Televised War

Ronald Steinman’s press card, 1972. “I arrived in Saigon in mid-April 1966 as the new NBC bureau chief. My job, simply defined, was to supply NBC News with an endless story of the war. I understood there would be no … Continue reading

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No socialism is not the answer! Reappraising the politics of ’68

“February 1968. Radical leftists from all over the world are in West Berlin to attend the International Vietnam Congress. The main auditorium of the Technical University is packed to the rafters. A banner has been draped over the edge of … Continue reading

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