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Vietnam: A Television History 

An in-depth look at the Vietnam War.
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1983  
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Will Lyman ...  Narrator 11 episodes, 1983
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An in-depth look at the Vietnam War.

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Vietnam's answer to "The World at War"
14 February 1999 | by VarlaamSee all my reviews

Or to CNN's recent "Cold War" series, which was produced by the same creative team who brought the realities of World War II so memorably to television in the 1970's.

This documentary series, co-ordinated by "chief correspondent" Stanley Karnow, was definitive. In my opinion, it was even better than Michael Maclear's excellent Canadian-made mini-series, "The Ten Thousand Day War".

Ho Chi Minh died in 1969 and now lies in state, just like Lenin or Mao, in his mausoleum in downtown Hanoi, less than a kilometre from the Lenin Monument on Dien Bien Phu Street.

Except for Ho, and Richard Nixon, every other major personage connected with the war seems to have co-operated in the production of this series. The producers also obtained interviews from scores of other participants and eyewitnesses. The war is covered thoroughly all the way back to its origins in French Indochina after the First World War when the Versailles peace treaty failed to recognize the aspirations of the Vietnamese.

It hardly seems so long since it first aired, but even after 15 years this PBS series holds up extremely well.


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4 October 1983 (USA) See more »

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