In this episode of Truth About War, we sit down with documentary filmmaker and producer Lynn Novick. She may not be a household name, but you know her work. Novick has been directing and producing with Ken Burns for years, one of their most recent documentaries being The Vietnam War—an epic 10-part, 18-hour PBS series. Novick and host Nick Grimes discuss the film, the lasting impact the Vietnam War has had on American society, and whether the war in Iraq and Afghanistan will ever get the “Vietnam treatment.”
LINKS TO FURTHER READING & WATCHING
“Bao Ninh, a former North Vietnamese soldier, provides a strikingly honest look at how the Vietnam War forever changed his life, his country, and the people who live there. Originaly published against government wishes in Vietnam because of its nonheroic, non-ideological tone, The Sorrow of War has won worldwide acclaim and become an international bestseller.”
“A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling.”
Tim O’Brien is a Vietnam War veteran and one of many interviewees in The Vietnam War. The VBC has welcomed him as a speaker to several events in the past.
Vietnam: A New History by Christopher Goscha
From Slate: The Longform Guide to 1968
From the Washington Post: 1968’s chaos: The assassinations, riots, and protests that defined our world
The Vietnam War is available for viewing in its entirety on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime video, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu.