From the award-winning historian and filmmakers of The Civil War, Baseball, The War, The Roosevelts, and others: a vivid, uniquely powerful history of the conflict that tore America apart–the companion volume to the major, multipart PBS film to be aired in September 2017.
More than forty years after it ended, the Vietnam War continues to haunt our country. We still argue over why we were there, whether we could have won, and who was right and wrong in their response to the conflict. When the war divided the country, it created deep political fault lines that continue to divide us today. Now, continuing in the tradition of their critically acclaimed collaborations, the authors draw on dozens and dozens of interviews in America and Vietnam to give us the perspectives of people involved at all levels of the war: U.S. and Vietnamese soldiers and their families, high-level officials in America and Vietnam, antiwar protestors, POWs, and many more. The book plunges us into the chaos and intensity of combat, even as it explains the rationale that got us into Vietnam and kept us there for so many years. Rather than taking sides, the book seeks to understand why the war happened the way it did and to clarify its complicated legacy. Beautifully written and richly illustrated, this is a tour de force that is certain to launch a new national conversation.
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Episode 1: Déjà Vu (1858-1961)
Episode 2: Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)
Episode 3: The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)
Episode 4: Resolve (January 1966-June 1967)
Episode 5: This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)
Episode 6: Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968)
Episode 7: The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968-May 1969)
Episode 8: The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970)
Episode 9: A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973)
Episode 10: The Weight of Memory (March 1973-Onward)
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