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In PBS’ ‘Vietnam War,’ Not All Voices Get Equal Play

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Article

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10-4-2017

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"Instead of telling the story through the perspective of the decision makers, Burns and Novick take us on a journey from the bottom up. Studying war from the perspective of those who sacrifice the most is a laudable impulse. To fully understand the American experience in Southeast Asia, however, it is also necessary to examine the mindsets of those in the Oval Office and other positions of authority. Yet “The Vietnam War” does not approach the nation’s top decision makers with a similar level of nuance. Yes, these leaders made mistakes, sometimes terrible ones, but did they not do what they thought was in the best interest of the nation?"

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