As a huge Ken Burns fan I am eagerly anticipating the arrival of his next massive documentary series, The Vietnam War, which premiered on PBS on September 17. As the daughter and niece of four veterans of the Vietnam War, most of my life I’ve struggled to really understand the complexities of a piece of my family’s life and our nation’s history that is rarely taught or talked about. While it might not be easy for people like my dad and his compatriots to discuss that part of their past, we are fortunate enough to have authors who have put to paper the details of a war that is so near to us in time, but so far from our comprehension. Here are some of their stories, and hopefully an 18-hour documentary series can answer any other questions we might have.
Pulitzer Prize–winning author David Maraniss tells the epic story of Vietnam and the 1960s through the events of a few gripping, passionate days in October 1967, including the student riot at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, when protesters tried to stop Dow Chemical, the maker of napalm, from recruiting on campus.
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