Johnson, Nixon And Vietnam: Reversal of Fortune is the seventh episode of the documentary series.
In it,Oliver Stone and his collaborators fully explores the legacy of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and President Richard Nixon as well as the Vietnam War that the United States got involved with during their terms as President.Aside from that,it also provided information about the counterculture era particularly 1968.Added to that,it also discussed the assassinations of Martin Luther King,the leader of the Civil Rights Movements; and Robert F.Kennedy,a Presidential candidate of the Democratic Party.Finally,the Watergate that President Nixon was involved in was also presented.
As for the conspiracy discussed,it provides us information on how the CIA got involved with regards to paying anti-communist professors as well as people in the mass media in educating students and the people respectively about the ill effects of communism for the justification of the involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War.Also added is the actions of the FBI with regards to stopping the anti-Vietnam War movements and protesters.
This episode definitely provided a bad image for the United States during the period it discussed.One would probably not feel good as an American watching it.No question that Oliver Stone would definitely present how bad the Vietnam War was for the country considering that he has strong feelings against being a veteran of the said war and directors of films such as Platoon and Born In The Fourth Of July.Also,we are treated to two Presidents that was bad for the country particularly Nixon whom Stone narrated provided "war,chaos and disorder" to the country.What's worse,we also see how the country deteriorated immorally not only with the participation in wars abroad but also presented the start of the porno industry with the movie Deep Throat.Definitely,it was one way to show the viewer how things went bad for the country after JFK was assassinated.
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