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#998224 - 10/02/17 07:02 PM Re: Ken Burns - Vietnam [Re: Bud]  
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I'm enjoying Ken Burns' series on Vietnam very much, and believe that for TV (PBS or any channel) it's being treated by and large as fairly as possible. That said, I fully admit I haven't read but a couple handfuls of books about Vietnam (I came of age a bit after the War ended). OTOH the period that captures my attention and passion for studying is the US Civil War. Using Ken Burns' Civil War series as a parallel, I can point out errors, enumerate many important omissions, and capture several biases taken by KB, yet as a whole I would still recommend it to someone who has only read a few books (or less) on the subject of the CW. It seems likely true for the Vietnam series as well, but I'll let students of that era say whether or no.

Series like these take a whole freaking lot of research, planning, shooting, organizing, production, etc., etc., etc. So, I am happy when they come off this well.


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#998246 - 10/02/17 11:13 PM Re: Ken Burns - Vietnam [Re: TyTass]  
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My short story about the Spires boys got used. They were neighbors of mine way back when. Richard remained a family friend up until his passing last year.

http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-vietnam-war/vietnam-stories/#tool

Oops wrong link, guess you have to go to Massachusetts stories.


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#998425 - 10/05/17 01:56 PM Re: Ken Burns - Vietnam [Re: TEWKS]  
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#998429 - 10/05/17 02:08 PM Re: Ken Burns - Vietnam [Re: Bud]  
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Link works. Thanks.


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#999942 - 10/30/17 09:42 PM Re: Ken Burns - Vietnam [Re: Bud]  
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This kind of goes along with this thread, I think. I put together this vid a few years ago and dedicated it to the warriors that survived their battle wounds in Korea & Vietnam. Without a flight in a medevac helicopter a lot of them would have died. I get to see the civilian version of this every now and again. I don't think it's a repeat, but.. dontknow grin

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#999952 - 10/31/17 12:44 AM Re: Ken Burns - Vietnam [Re: TEWKS]  
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Saw a much younger version of you in the vid. Thanks for posting.


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#999957 - 10/31/17 03:21 AM Re: Ken Burns - Vietnam [Re: Marty Hill]  
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Glad you liked it Marty. Quick one about the guy we loaded into the BK, we were traveling to the center station for some training when I noticed a guy fueling up his CBR 600 at a station on Main Street. (bike looked nice is all) Not three minutes later we got dispatched to a MVA (bike vs garbage truck) sure enough it was the same guy. eek frown Now a friend of mine who happens to be a paramedic lived right across the street where the crash took place. He was on scene in seconds and was able to establish an airway which actually saved his life. We all thought he wasn't going to survive his injuries but three months later he came by the station to thank us. I directed him to my friends house! thumbsup

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#999964 - 10/31/17 10:38 AM Re: Ken Burns - Vietnam [Re: TEWKS]  
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Great ending!


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#1000274 - 11/05/17 08:03 PM Re: Ken Burns - Vietnam [Re: Bud]  
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For what it is worth, I watched a very little of the series and didn't think much of what little I did see.

I came across this article and couldn't agree more with it--

Check it out and see what you think

https://www.ammoland.com/2017/11/beyond-shameful-dont-fall-deceitful-vietnam-flick/

Just my opinion


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#1000276 - 11/05/17 08:57 PM Re: Ken Burns - Vietnam [Re: Bud]  
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Best to watch the entire series oneself to draw a factual conclusion.

My opinion is that that particular general's Ammoland review of the series is heavy on personal political slant. Just saying.

For an alternate view, check https://vva.org/arts-of-war/the-ken-burns-documentary-a-review/.

"Remarkably, Burns and company run through all the controversies in an even-handed manner. Virtually all sides of every controversial question in this most controversial war are aired. Introducing Episode 1, for example, Coyote intones: The war “was begun in good faith, by decent people, out of fateful misunderstandings, American overconfidence, and Cold War miscalculation. And it was prolonged because it seemed easier to muddle through than admit that it had been caused by tragic decisions, made by five American Presidents, belonging to both political parties.”

In the end, Burns offers no conclusions, other than that the war, as Coyote says, was a “tragedy.”

Then there is the coda: “But meaning can be found in the individual stories of those who lived through it.”


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