The Vietnam War

  • von Ken Burns, Geoffrey C. Ward
  • Sprecher: Brian Corrigan, Ken Burns, Fred Sanders
  • 31 Std. 13 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


From the award-winning historian and filmmakers of The Civil War, Baseball, The War, The Roosevelts, and others: a vivid, uniquely powerful history of the conflict that tore America apart - the companion volume to the major multipart PBS film to be aired in September 2017.
More than 40 years after it ended, the Vietnam War continues to haunt our country. We still argue over why we were there, whether we could have won, and who was right and wrong in their response to the conflict. When the war divided the country, it created deep political fault lines that continue to divide us today. Now, continuing in the tradition of their critically acclaimed collaborations, the authors draw on dozens and dozens of interviews in America and Vietnam to give us the perspectives of people involved at all levels of the war: US and Vietnamese soldiers and their families, high-level officials in America and Vietnam, antiwar protestors, POWs, and many more. The book plunges us into the chaos and intensity of combat, even as it explains the rationale that got us into Vietnam and kept us there for so many years. Rather than taking sides, the book seeks to understand why the war happened the way it did and to clarify its complicated legacy. Beautifully written, this is a tour de force that is certain to launch a new national conversation.



"Lucid, flowing, and dramatic...robustly detailed writing...eye-opening...powerful in its own right.... In their new 'intimate' yet capacious history, the award-winning, audience-enthralling duo of historian and screenwriter Ward and documentarian extraordinaire Burns investigate the complex, divisive, and tragic Vietnam War from a unique plurality of perspectives." (Donna Seaman, Booklist)


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The multiple facets of a traumatic war

This very extensive documentary about the Vietnam War describes not only the superior political backround of the war, but the word is given to all participating parties. This is not only a story in a single view, it gives an idea about the political interests of America as well as of North and South Vietnam, the reasons decisions were made and why everything turned so disastrous for the soldiers. A recurring issue of the documentary are the reports about the riots and the growing anti- war movement at home in the US. Former anti- war demonstraters talk about their experiences and reasons to participate. It is one of the best and respectfully made reports about the fatal entaglement of the US and the Vietnamese people in the North and South.
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  • Erscheinungsdatum: 05.09.2017
  • Verlag: Random House Audio