Some Reviews on PBS’s series “The Vietnam War” – a 10 Part PBS documentary, started 2017.09.24

These are some of the many reviews of this 18.5 hour series. Some are published in the mainstream press, many others are posted in alternative sites. Some of the most incisive are from Veterans of that war.

I welcome any additions and comments, Walter Teague

Reviews of The Vietnam War PBS Series sorted by date of publication.

My No.

Title

Author

Publication

Date
Yr Mo Da

Comments

Link

2

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. – April 4, 1967 – Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence

MLK Jr

Vietnam Full Disclosure

1967.04.04 

His full speech

http://tinyurl.com/ydbxej3j

5

The Antiwar Movement We Are Supposed to Forget

H. BRUCE FRANKLIN 

Internet Archive Wayback Machine

2000.10.20

Reprint from Chronicle.com

http://tinyurl.com/ydhhpreu

7

Honor the Vietnamese, Not Those Who Killed Them

Michael D. Yates

Monthly Review

2015.05

 

http://tinyurl.com/y735woqe

8

The Young Ho Chi Minh

Ian Birchall

Jacobin

2015.09.30

 

http://tinyurl.com/y8flf3ls

23

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick: Vietnam’s Unhealed Wounds

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick 

The New York Times

2017.05.29

Their editorial.

http://tinyurl.com/y7z6co84

29

Comments on PBS Vietnam Series

Bill Zimmerman

Vietnam Peace Commemorative Committee Blogsopt.com

2017.07.30

 

http://tinyurl.com/y83vzq2n

24

Ken Burns’ VIETNAM WAR - Limits of 18 hours

Jim Laurie

Huffingtonpost.com

2017.08/04

Points out Cambodia missing.

http://tinyurl.com/y85v7fxd

27

America’s amnesia

Thomas A. Bass

Vietnam Peace Commemorative Committee, Blogsopt.com originally on MekongReview.org

2017.08.05

Excellent detailed overview of the War and critique of the VNW series

http://tinyurl.com/y7k2dtgo

28

Ken Burn’s American Cannon

Ian Parker

Vietnam Full Disclosure, originally at TheNewYorker.com

2017.09.11

 

http://tinyurl.com/yb5g8jf5

15

"Nothing found here!"

(Web site index)

Vietnam Full Disclosure

2017.09.14

 

http://tinyurl.com/ybo7lsaa

4

The Vietnam War, a documentary

Christian G. Appy

Vietnam Full Disclosure originally ProcessHistory.org

 2017.09.15

 

http://tinyurl.com/yc2fgr43

21

‘The Vietnam War’ Is the Documentary I’ve Been Waiting for as a Vietnamese Refugee and an American Citizen

Hanh Nguyen

IndieWire

2017.09.15

 

http://tinyurl.com/yc6w5saz

1

“Winning the Hearts and Minds of the People!”

Walter Teague

Vietnam Full Disclosure

 2017.09.15

 

http://tinyurl.com/y88ka9ss

3

“Déjà Vu” (1858-1961) The Vietnam War, Episode 1

Christian Appy

Vietnam Full Disclosure, originally processhistory.org

 2017.09.18

 

http://tinyurl.com/y7u39aso

9

The Insidious Ideology of Ken Burns’s The Vietnam War

Alex Shephard

New Republic

2017.09.19

 

http://tinyurl.com/y8gw7e6s

6

Lessons not learned: The Vietnamese experience in the Vietnam War

Ben Sears

www.peoplesworld.org

2017.09.19

 

http://tinyurl.com/y7rgb3vg

22

Ken Burns' New Vietnam War Series Teaches a Flawed, Misleading Lesson

Jerry Lembcke

Alternet

2017.09.19

With many comments.

http://tinyurl.com/yal7qqky

17

“The Vietnam War” – Documentary Or Epic Of Fiction?

 

worldbeyondwar.org

2017.09.20

From Moon Over Alabama

http://tinyurl.com/y7v7ncp6

10

Allan Greene Facebook review

Allan Greene

Facebook

2017.09.20

 

http://tinyurl.com/y8z9z5ab

32

Burns and Novick’s Vietnam War: Doesn’t Give Peace Movement a Chance

Maurice Isserman

Portside, originally on Dissent Magazine earlier

2017.09.20

 

http://tinyurl.com/ya92znzv

 

11

Ken Burns' Vietnam Gives Corporate Sponsors Little to Worry About

Frank Joyce

LA Progressive

2017.09.20

From Alternet. Good analysis

http://tinyurl.com/yb5y98ev

53

PBS' 'Vietnam War' Tells Some Truths

Don North

consortiumnews.com

2017.09.20

 

http://tinyurl.com/y7r5y7am

12

Ken Burns Vietnam Documentary? Or Should I Watch Game of Thrones Again?

Bruce Dixon

Black Agenda Report

2017.09.21

Radio transcript

http://tinyurl.com/yddn27ot

20

The Vietnam War’: Ken Burns Reveals Why John McCain Wasn’t Interviewed for the POW Section of the Documentary

Hanh Nguyen

IndieWire

2017.09.21

On Episode 5.

http://tinyurl.com/ybdelwso

13

13. The Killing of History

John Pilger

Organizing Notes

2017.09.21

 

http://tinyurl.com/yarjm22t

14

Ideology as History: a Critical Commentary on Burns and Novick’s “The Vietnam War”

Chuck O'Connell

Vietnam Full Disclosure originall in Counterpunch.org

2017.09.22

 

http://tinyurl.com/y72trxug

19

Anti-Vietnam War Activists Comment on Burns’ Sentimental Lies About Vietnam

Lemisch; Gehan; Collins; McReynolds; Mirelowitz; Young

Vietnam Full Disclosure

2017.09.23

Repost from Portside

http://tinyurl.com/ycgqgpks

44

The Vietnam War, Revisited, Letters

Donald P. Gregg, and others

New York Times, Review, Letters Section

2017.09.23

 

http://tinyurl.com/y9nrxdgn

18

Vietnam speaks out on US documentary TV series ‘The Vietnam War’

Vietnam's Foreign Ministry

Vietnam Full Disclosure

2017.09.23

Reprint

http://tinyurl.com/yanejhl7

16

Burns/Novick [Index of Vietnam Full Disclosure]

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Vietnam Full Disclosure

2017.09.24

My comment is posted there at: http://tinyurl.com/y88ka9ss

http://tinyurl.com/y8rdjdp6

39

There Is No Rehabilitating the Vietnam War

Robert Freeman

www.commondreams.org

2017.09.24

 

http://tinyurl.com/ybthucdv

25

The Vietnam War as Public Spectacle

John Grant 

Counterpunch

2017.09.25

 

http://tinyurl.com/ybuhgbl5

26

Obfuscating the Truths of Vietnam

S. Brian Willson

Counterpunch

2017.09.25

 

http://tinyurl.com/yczym64g  

37

Cold War then, Cold War now

William Blum

The Anti-Empire Report #151

2017.09.26

 

http://tinyurl.com/ybgsw9zt

34

EPISODE SEVEN “THE VENEER OF CIVILIZATION

Doug Rawlings

Doug Rawlings Facebook page

2017.09.26

 

http://tinyurl.com/y7djauma

35

JFK Had Ordered Full Withdrawal from Vietnam: Solid Evidence

James K. Galbraith

Who.What.Why

2017.09.26

 

http://tinyurl.com/y6w89ky3

33

Selling a Bill of Goods on PBS about the Vietnam War

Howard Lisnoff

Mendo Coast Current

2017.09.26

 

http://tinyurl.com/ydbnd5lp 

41

Burns/Novick IX

Jesse Lemisch

Facebook

2017.09.27

 

http://tinyurl.com/yb9x4z9s

46

STONY BROOKERS, YALE, AND KENT STATE

MITCHEL COHEN 

Vietnam Full Disclosure 

2017.09.27

 

http://tinyurl.com/ydhcszk3

36

Viet Nam: The Day Our War Began Vietnam

Lady Borton

Vietnam Full Disclosure

2017.09.27

 

http://tinyurl.com/ycyqpjws

30

Why Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Are Too Hard on Anti-Vietnam War Protesters

Jim Sleeper

Vietnam Full Disclosure

2017.09.27  

http://tinyurl.com/yanq7hp3

42

My Own Opinion of "The Vietnam War

John McAuliff

"

http://vnpeacecomm.blogspot.com/

 

2017.09.27

Post at Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee

http://tinyurl.com/y7joua8d

31

Burns/Novick Category

(Editors)

Vietnam Full Disclosure

Up to date postings on this web site.

http://tinyurl.com/y8rdjdp6

40

Daniel Ellsberg: “I think there were some major omissions that are quite fundamental that disturbed me quite a bit, although the overall thing is very impressive.”

By Peter O’Dowd 

Vietnam Full Disclosure

 2017.09.28

 

http://tinyurl.com/yco8m3xa

45

“A Disrespectful Loyalty” (May 1970-March 1973) and “The Weight of Memory” (March 1973 onward)

Christian G. Appy

Vietnam Full Disclosure, Originally appeared at processhistory.org

2017.09.30

A good summary.

http://tinyurl.com/yaj6ny6e

48

Comments

Cat McGuire

Facebook

2017.09.30

“I sent this to a friend who's a leftist, ..."

http://tinyurl.com/yc3x5vsx

43

Ken Burns’ Vietnam War: An Object Lesson in the Failures of the Objective Lens 

Reed Richardson 

www.commondreams.org, 

2017.10.01

Originally on Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) 2017.09.28

http://tinyurl.com/y8lo5jhh  

51

Overlooking My Lai

Lady Borton

Vietnam Full Disclosure

2017.10.01

 

http://tinyurl.com/yd98ulvv

50

Reflections On The Vietnam War and The Ken Burns/PBS Series

John Ketwig

Our Hidden History

2017-10-01

 

http://tinyurl.com/y8fcudyx

49

The Purposeful Killing of Civilians in War: Voices From Vietnam

Mike Hastie

Vietnam Full Disclosure 

2017.10.01

Originally on Counterpunch.org

http://tinyurl.com/y7jmkkpu

52

THE TRAGIC FAILURE OF KEN BURNS VIETNAM

Christopher Koch

Vietnam Full Disclosure 

2017-10-01

Originally appeared at chriskockmedia.com

http://tinyurl.com/ycrh62mp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The reviews continue, but from here on, I will stop adding to this initial list. Recommend you visit the sites listed. Walter Teague

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Updated: October 1, 2017