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Vietnam was the longest war in America's history and the most divisive in more than a century. Even today, three decades after the fall of Saigon, U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia remains misunderstood, misinterpreted and misrepresented.
From the acclaimed documentary series, America in the 20th Century this powerful survey traces the political genesis of America's quagmire, from the roots of Vietnamese independence, through a century of French colonialism and the First Indochina War, through the 1960s and the final tragic moments in the spring of 1975.
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The long and complex history of Vietnam is presented in 10 chapters: Indochina, Two Vietnams, Quagmire, America's War, In Country, Home Front, Tet 1968, Peace with Honor, Fall of Saigon, and Ghosts of Vietnam. The film documents Vietnam from the time it was explored and then conquered, through war, to its position today as an independent, united country. Actual film footage of the French and then American commitment is shown along with historic clips of the many American presidents speaking out about U.S. involvement there. This comprehensive study of a determined people to free themselves from foreign powers asks viewers to look at the facts that divided Americans more powerfully than any event since the American Civil War. It also shows how the news media began to become more powerful by bringing the gruesome facts of the war into America's homes. Rich in graphics and told with an honesty that is sometimes painful, this thought-provoking and powerful production will give students the opportunity to view history through the eyes of those that lived it. --School Library Journal
Filled with archival footage, stills, and news clips, this comprehensive program examines the Vietnam War, from the origins in post World War II Indochina to the fall of Saigon, in 1975. The longest war in the nation s history touched lives and sparked hippie and protest movements. Moving mostly chronologically, and including segments on such key figures as Ho Chi Minh, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon Baines Johnson, the title details the behind-the-scene negotiations, war strategies, and conflicting ideologies that made it such a complicated war. The conflict is examined from multiple viewpoints, including that of Communists, Vietnamese, and Americans who served and stayed on the home front. Intended for classroom use and featuring frequent chapter breaks, this title in the America in the 20th Century series is appropriate for adult audiences as well.
The Post-War Years, covering the late 1940s and 1950s, is another new series release. --Booklist
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