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ഖ free 興 The Vietnam War: An Intimate History  ඍ ePUB Author Geoffrey C Ward ඬ ഖ free 興 The Vietnam War: An Intimate History ඍ ePUB Author Geoffrey C Ward ඬ IntroductionOn April 23, 1975, President Gerald R Ford was scheduled to give the keynote address at the Tulane University convocation in New Orleans As the president took the stage, than 100,000 North Vietnamese troops were massing on the outskirts of Saigon, having overrun almost all of South Vietnam in just three months Thirty years after the United States first became involved in Southeast Asia, ten years after the Marines had landed in Danang, the ill fated country for which than 58,000 Americans had died was on the verge of defeat We, of course, are saddened indeed by the tragic events in Indochina, the president said He reminded the subdued crowd that 160 years earlier America had recovered from another conflict in which she had suffered humiliation and a measure of defeatthe War of 1812and promised that the nation would once again regain the sense of pride that existed before Vietnam But, he continued to thunderous applause, it cannot be achieved by refighting a war that is finished as far as America is concerned The time had come, the president said, to unify, to bind up the nations wounds and begin a great national reconciliation Just seven days later, North Vietnamese soldiers stormed the gates of the Presidential Palace in Saigon and raised the communist flag The Vietnam War was over Its been than forty years now, and despite President Fords optimism, we have been unable to put that war behind us The deep wounds it inflicted on our nation, our communities, our families, and our politics have festered As Army veteran Phil Gioia said in an interview for our documentary series, The Vietnam War drove a stake right into the heart of America It polarized the country as it had probably never been polarized since before the Civil War, and weve never recovered Nearly ten years ago, as we were completing post production on a seven part series about the American experience in the World War II, we resolved to turn our attention to the painful, bitter, confounding, and much misunderstood tragedy that is the war in Vietnam It has been our privilege throughout this undertaking to collaborate with the writer, Geoffrey C Ward, and our producer, Sarah Botstein, along with our team of editors, researchers, and coproducers We were also ably assisted by an invaluable board of advisers, historical consultants and veterans of the war who saved us from innumerable mistakes, but, importantly, pointed us to the critical moments and astonishing contradictions that haunt any serious study of the Vietnam War From the start, we vowed to each other that we would avoid the limits of a binary political perspective and the shortcuts of conventional wisdom and superficial history This was a war of many perspectives, a Rashomon of equally plausible stories, of secrets, lies, and distortions at every turn We wished to try to contain and faithfully reflect those seemingly irreconcilable outlooks We were interested in trying to understand the colonial experience of the Frenchand the way it eerily prefigured what would befall the United States in subsequent years We wanted to find out what actually happened in the halls of power in Washington, Saigon, and Hanoi, and to get to know the leaders who made the decisions that determined the fates of millions Through the availability of recently declassified records, ongoing scholarship, and revelatory, sometimes shocking, audio recordings, the actions and motives of Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon are laid bare, as are the complicated power struggles going on in South Vietnam during the autocratic, ruthless regime of Ngo Dinh Diem and the succession of generals who followed him Of particular focus for us were the fascinating political dynamics in Hanoi, where the familiar figure of Ho Chi Minh fought for supremacy with other less well known but powerful figures Most important, we wanted to understand what the war was like on the battlefield and on the home front, and we wanted to find out why, as Marine veteran Karl Marlantes told us, Americans have been unable to have a civil conversation about one of the most consequential events in our history For years, we just did not talk about that war, he said You would open your mouth and youd ask, which side was this person on Am I going to get into a fight here Its like living in a family with an alcoholic father you know, shh, we dont talk about that Wars, all wars, create a kind of dissonance that obfuscates and deflects clear understanding Vietnam is no different To shed new light on such a complicated and unsettled time in our history, to struggle to comprehend the special dissonance that is the Vietnam War, we needed to look beyond the familiar stories Americans have told about the war and include as many different perspectives as our narrative could accommodate Nearly one hundred ordinary people agreed to share their stories with us on camera grunts and officers in the Army and Marines, prisoners of war, a fighter pilot and a helicopter crew chief, a Gold Star mother and the sister of a fallen soldier, a nurse, college students, reporters, protesters, military analysts, spies, and many others To have been present as they bore witness to their experiences remains for us one of the enduring gifts of this project Throughout our long production, we were inspired by the architect Maya Lin, whose Vietnam Veterans Memorial was initially as controversial as the war itself, but which has become one of Americas sacred places When she unveiled her design in 1981, Lin told the press that her memorial to the Americans who died in the war would be a journey that would make you experience death, and where youd have to be an observer, where you could never really fully be with the dead It isnt something that was going to say, Its all right, its all over Because its not Nothing, certainly not our film or book, can make the tragedy of the Vietnam War all right But we can, and we must, honor the courage, heroism, and sacrifice of those who served, those who died, and those who participated in the war against the war As filmmakers, we have tried to do that the only way we know how by listening to their stories Its almost going to make me cry, Army veteran Vincent Okamoto told us, remembering the infantry company he led in Vietnam in 1968 Nineteen , twenty year old high school dropouts that come from the lowest socioeconomic rung of American society they didnt have the escape routes that the elite and the wealthy and the privileged had but to see these kids, who had the least to gain they werent going be rewarded for their service in Vietnam And yet, their infinite patience, their loyalty to each other, their courage under fire, was just phenomenal And you would ask yourself how does America produce young men like this While Okamoto and hundreds of thousands of other Americans were fighting and dying in a brutal and bloody war overseas, hundreds of thousands of their fellow citizens were taking to the streets back home to protest against that war As the antiwar activist Bill Zimmerman recalled for us, People who supported the war were fond of saying My country right or wrong or better dead than red Those sentiments seemed insane to us We dont want to live in a country that were going to support whether its right or wrong so we began an era in which two groups of Americans, both thinking that they were acting patriotically, went to war with each other A chasm opened in American society, and on both sides of the divide things were saidand things were donethat could never be unsaid, could never be undone When I see the war protesters intellectually I certainly understand their right to the freedom of speech, Army adviser James Willbanks remembered, but I will tell you that when I see them waving NLF flags, the enemy that I and my friends had to fight and some of my friends had to die fighting, that doesnt sit very well with me When Americans talk about the Vietnam War, the scholar and novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen wrote, too often we are just talking about ourselves We were determined not to make that mistake How could we hope to make sense of this turbulent time in our history, or to explore the humanity and the inhumanity of all sides, without hearing directly from our allies and our enemiesthe Vietnamese soldiers and civilians we fought with, and against Off and on for several years, we traveled to Texas, California, and Virginia to get to know many Vietnamese Americans who came to the United States as refugees, having suffered the unimaginable loss not just of their families, friends, and comrades, but of their country They spoke honestly about the failings of their own government, and shared their doubts and fears about whether the Republic of South Vietnam under Nguyen Van Thieu and Nguyen Cao Ky had been worth fighting for Thieu and Ky, they were corrupt, Saigon native Phan Quang Tue remembered They abused their position And they received from Vietnam than Vietnam received from them We paid a very high price for having leaders like Ky and Thieu And we continue to pay the price To understand what the war was like for the winners, we traveled to Vietnam, traversing the length of the country, meeting and interviewing veterans and civilians We were surprised to discover that the war remains as unsettled and painful for them as it is for us For decades, they too have avoided speaking about what happened The memory of the nearly incomprehensible price they paid in blood and bone has been too grievous But now, as they near the end of their lives, they want their families, and the world, to know what they went through The war we fought, General Lo Khac Tam told us on camera, was so horribly brutal I dont have words to describe it I worry, how can we ever explain to the younger generation the price their parents and grandparents paid For Bao Ninh, a foot soldier in the North Vietnamese Army, who became a celebrated novelist after the war, the official public narrative celebrating their great, noble victory rings hollow People sing about victory, about liberation, he told us Theyre wrong Who won and who lost is not a question In war, no one wins or loses There is only destruction Only those who have never fought like to argue about who won and who lost In the winter of 2015, as we were nearing the end of the editing phase of the project, we invited Nguyen Ngoc, an eighty five year old veteran of the North Vietnamese Army now a revered scholar and teacher of literature , to travel from Danang to Walpole, New Hampshire, where we screened the fine cut of the film and asked him to share his thoughts about the war with us After reflecting on the stories he saw onscreen, he told us that the time had come for them to be told the people of Vietnam, he said, are starting to rethink the war, to ask the questions Was the war necessary to achieve justice Was it right What is most important now is to find some meaning, some lessons in the war for our lives There is no single truth in war, as this difficult story reminded us at every turn Each of us can only see the world as we are we are all prisoners of our own experience We did not set out to answer every question embedded in this lamentable chapter in history With open minds and open hearts we simply tried to listen to the brave and honest testimony of a remarkable group of men and women If we have been able to find some meaning in this devastating calamity, it is in no small measure thanks to their generosity, humility, and humanity, for which we are profoundly grateful Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Walpole, New HampshireThe companion volume to Burns Vietnam War documentary series on PBS, the book stands alone as a powerful summary of the whole conflict It tells the story of the war from every conceivable angle, including that of the young Vietnamese fighters Its extraordinarily well reported and written, and filled with memorable photographs and illustrationsa reminder that the war was, perhaps for the first time, shaped as much by powerful images as written reports Lancaster Online, Mark Bowden s Ten Favorite Books on the Vietnam War A vivid and often captivating volumea valuable resource David Greenberg, The New York Times Book Review Once again Geoffrey C Ward and Ken Burns deliver the grand historical goods in this feast of a book For those too young to remember the Vietnam War, this is the essential primer For those old enough to have Vietnam flashbacks or battle scars, read it and weep Highly recommended Douglas Brinkley A sweeping, richly illustrated narrative of a conflict fast retreating in memory As they have done in numerous collaborations, Ward and Burns take a vast topic and personalize it Of particular value is the inclusion of Vietnamese voices on both sides of the conflict, most of whom agree than four decades later that the question of who won or lost is less important than the fact that no one really prevailed The text is accompanied by than 500 photographs, some of them immediately recognizablemany others fresh Accompanying the PBS series to be aired in September 2017, this is an outstanding, indispensable survey of the Vietnam War Kirkus, starred review Lucid, flowing, and dramatic Robustly detailed writing Eye opening Powerful in its own right In their new intimate yet capacious history, the award winning, audience enthralling duo of historian and screenwriter Ward and documentarian extraordinaire Burns investigate the complex, divisive, and tragic Vietnam War from a unique plurality of perspectives This is a vivid, affecting, definitive, and essential illustrated history Donna Seaman, Booklist starred review Lavishly illustrated Well written and deeply researched, this history covers virtually every aspect of the French and American wars in Vietnam from 1945 1975, focusing mainly on military, diplomatic, and political issues Anyone looking for an expansive overview of the Vietnam War will find much to admire here Publishers Weekly The Vietnam War The War A pictorial Enter the tour Vietnam HISTORY was a long, costly and divisive conflict that pitted communist government of North against South its principal ally, United States HistoryNet summary Summary is commonly used name for Second Indochina War, Usually it refers to period when other members SEATO Southeast Asia Treaty Organization joined forces with Republic contest forces, comprised Vietnamese guerrillas VietnamWar Educational, Entertainment, Research Material Relevant Study Destinations, Part film by Ken Burns Lynn Novick PBS epic story one most consequential, divisive, controversial events in American history as has never before been told on Resources Pilsch Websources Those who cannot remember past are condemned repeat George 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    • The Vietnam War: An Intimate History
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    • Geoffrey C Ward
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    • 01 December 2016

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