The Vietnam War
by Ken Burns
Editor: Alfred A. Knopf
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Award-winning historian and filmmakers from The Civil War, Baseball, The War, The Roosevelt and others: bright colors, unique and powerful from the history of the conflict that tore America apart, the volume that accompanies the great, multipart PBS film to be released in September 2017More than forty years after the war, the Vietnam War continues to haunt our countryWe always argued about why we were there, if we could have won, and who was right or wrong in their response to the conflictWhen the war divided the country, it created deep political fault lines that continue to divide us todayNow, continuing in the tradition of their critically acclaimed and collaborative work, the authors rely on dozens and dozens of interviews in America and Vietnam to give us the views of people involved at all levels of the war: US and Vietnamese soldiers and their families, high-ranking officials in America and Vietnam, anti-war protesters, Prisoners of War, and many more.The book plunges us into chaos and intensity of combat, even as it explains the reasons that allowed us to Vietnam and kept us for many yearsRather than taking sides, the book seeks to understand why the war happened as it did, and clarify its complex legacyBeautifully written and richly illustrated, it is a tour de force that is certain to launch a new national conversation
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