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Comprehensive links to reviews critical of the Burns/Novick “The Vietnam War” series from journalists, historians, veterans, VPCC members and other activists.

Reviews of the full PBS series


Christian Appy
Professor of History, University of Massachusetts.
(subsequent episodes are linked to the lower right)

Ron Young

Former head of Peace Education, American Friends Service Committee.

John McAuliff

Fund for Reconciliation and Development & Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee.


Jeff Stein


“Vietnam War: New Ken Burns Documentary Dismisses the Origins of the Futile, Disastrous Conflict”

Christopher Koch

In 1965 the first American reporter to visit North Vietnam.
“The Tragic Failure of Ken Burns Vietnam”

Dr. Jeffrey Kimball

Professor emeritus, Miami University, Oxford, OH.

“What’s Missing From the Vietnam War Documentary?”

Dr. Maurice Isserman

Professor of American History, Hamilton College.
“Give Peace a Chance”

Dr. Jerry Lembcke

Associate Professor Emeritus, College of the Holy Cross.
“Burns and Novick, Masters of False Balancing”

Dr. Thomas Bass

Professor of English, University at Albany, State University of New York.
Author of The Spy Who Loved Us
“America’s Amnesia”

Robert Levering

Long time anti-war activist and author

“Ken Burns’ powerful anti-war film on Vietnam ignores the power of the anti-war movement”

Steve Ladd

Draft resister, member of Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee.
“Vietnam antiwar movement had a bigger voice than portrayed in PBS documentary”

Frank Joyce

Detroit peace and social justice activist.
“A Ball O’ Confusion Is Comin’ to Your TV: Ken Burns’ PBS Series on Vietnam Gives Its Corporate Sponsors Little to Worry About”

Anh Le

A negative review by a Vietnamese immigrant living in San Francisco.


Jim Laurie
Covered Vietnam and Cambodia for NBC and ABC News.
“Ken Burns’ VIETNAM WAR – Limits of 18 hours”


Barbara Myers

Independent journalist who attended the Pentagon Papers trial
“An Epic Film on the Vietnam War Falls Short”

Prof. Michael Stewart Foley

Professor of American Civilization, Université Grenoble Alpes in France
“There is no single lie in war (films): Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and The Vietnam War

David Kamp

Vanity Fair Contributing Editor.
“Why The Vietnam War Is Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s Most Ambitious Project Yet”


Dr. Todd Gitlin

Professor of Journalism and Sociology at Columbia University.
“Response to Jerry Lembcke and Jerry’s reply”

Jonathan Zimmerman 

Teaches education and history at the University of Pennsylvania.

“What’s So Bad About Ken Burns?” (defends his role a a populizer of history)

David Zeiger
Filmmaker, “Sir! No Sir!”
“Vietnam War Protesters have NOTHING to Apologize For”
Mel Allen
Editor, Yankee Magazine
“The Making of The Vietnam War”
Ian Parker
Staff Writer, The New Yorker
“Ken Burns’s American Canon”

Dr. Jerry Lembcke

Associate Professor Emeritus, College of the Holy Cross. “Home-from-War War Stories: Myth, Media & the Ken Burns Vietnam Series”

Phil Klay 

Mother Jones
Interview: “Ken Burns Never Knew How Wrong He Was About the Vietnam War”

Interview with Lynn Novick “The People We Forget When We Remember the Vietnam War”


Stephen Sherman

“Are PBS and Ken Burns about to Rewrite History Again?” (The pro-war viewpoint)


The Atlantic 

Discussion with Burns, Novick, Mai Elliott, Tim O’Brien

Asia Society 

Burns defends omissions

Center for Strategic and International Studies 

Organized by prominent revisionist Mark Moyar