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Vietnam: A Television History

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Vietnam: A Television History examines America’s longest war in the context of France’s earlier colonial experience in Southeast Asia and Vietnam’s 2,000-year history of resistance to foreign invaders. Combining archival footage with provocative interviews with participants on all sides of the conflict, the series carefully analyzes the costs and consequences of the American war in Vietnam for both countries involved. Spanning thirteen hours, the series provides a detailed visual and oral account of the war that changed a generation and continues to color American thinking on military and foreign policy issues. The perspectives of citizens, soldiers, and key decision-makers are included in hundreds of original interviews, providing a rich exploration of this important era of world history whose lessons and legacies still shape today’s world.
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