This post originally appeared at vietnampeace.org
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
— EPISODE BY EPISODE —
Former head of Peace Education, American Friends Service Committee.
Fund for Reconciliation and Development & Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee.
Veterans For Peace
Reflections on Episodes
— SERIES OVERVIEW REVIEWS —
“Vietnam War: New Ken Burns Documentary Dismisses the Origins of the Futile, Disastrous Conflict”
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
Long time anti-war activist and author
“Ken Burns’ powerful anti-war film on Vietnam ignores the power of the anti-war movement”
Draft resister, member of Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee.
“Vietnam antiwar movement had a bigger voice than portrayed in PBS documentary”
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”
A negative review by a Vietnamese immigrant living in San Francisco.
“KEN BURNS’ VIETNAM DOCUMENTARY MISSES MARK”
“Ken Burns’ VIETNAM WAR – Limits of 18 hours”
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“
Vanity Fair Contributing Editor.
“Why The Vietnam War Is Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s Most Ambitious Project Yet”
— OTHER COMMENTS ON THE SERIES —
Dr. Todd Gitlin
Professor of Journalism and Sociology at Columbia University.
“Response to Jerry Lembcke and Jerry’s reply”
Teaches education and history at the University of Pennsylvania.
“What’s So Bad About Ken Burns?” (defends his role a a populizer of history)
“Vietnam War Protesters have NOTHING to Apologize For”
“The Making of The Vietnam War”
“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”
Interview: “Ken Burns Never Knew How Wrong He Was About the Vietnam War”
“Are PBS and Ken Burns about to Rewrite History Again?” (The pro-war viewpoint)
— VIDEOS OF PANEL DISCUSSIONS —
Discussion with Burns, Novick, Mai Elliott, Tim O’Brien
Burns defends omissions
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Organized by prominent revisionist Mark Moyar
I would like to add an important question I posted “Will it build opposition or support for the ongoing and new wars?” This was posted earlier in my review Winning Hearts and Minds at: https://www.vietnamfulldisclosure.org/index.php/winning-hearts-minds-people/