Published Reviews of the PBS Vietnam Series
Plus Videos of Panel Discussions
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
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Former head of Peace Education, American Friends Service Committee.
John McAuliffFund for Reconciliation and Development & Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee.vnpeacecomm.blogspot.com/2017/09/apeace-movement-perspective-on-vietnam.html
Veterans For PeaceTalking Pointswww.veteransforpeace.org/files/6215/0342/9234/VietnamDiscussionGuide.pdfReflections on Episodesvietnamfulldisclosure.org/index.php/category/burnsnovick-vietnam-war-documentary/
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"Vietnam War: New Ken Burns Documentary Dismisses the Origins of the Futile, Disastrous Conflict"
Christopher KochIn 1965 the first American reporter to visit North Vietnam."The Tragic Failure of Ken Burns Vietnam"medium.com/@ChristopherKoch/the-tragic-failure-of-ken-burns-vietnam-5f945eb40392
Dr. Jeffrey KimballProfessor emeritus, Miami University, Oxford, OH.
"What’s Missing From the Vietnam War Documentary?"historynewsnetwork.org/article/167046
Dr. Maurice IssermanProfessor of American History, Hamilton College."Give Peace a Chance"www.dissentmagazine.org/article/ken-burns-lynn-novick-vietnam-war-review
Dr. Jerry LembckeAssociate Professor Emeritus, College of the Holy Cross."Burns and Novick, Masters of False Balancing"www.publicbooks.org/burns-and-novick-masters-of-false-balancing/
Dr. Thomas BassProfessor of English, University at Albany, State University of New York.Author of The Spy Who Loved Us"America’s Amnesia"vnpeacecomm.blogspot.com/2017/08/thomas-bass-review-of-vietnam-war.html
Long time anti-war activist and author
"Ken Burns’ powerful anti-war film on Vietnam ignores the power of the anti-war movement"
Steve LaddDraft resister, member of Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee."Vietnam antiwar movement had a bigger voice than portrayed in PBS documentary"www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Vietnam-antiwar-movement-had-a-bigger-voice-than-12250664.php
Frank JoyceDetroit 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"
Barbara MyersIndependent journalist who attended the Pentagon Papers trial"An Epic Film on the Vietnam War Falls Short"
Prof. Michael Stewart FoleyProfessor of American Civilization, Université Grenoble Alpes in France"There is no single lie in war (films): Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and The Vietnam War"www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17541328.2018.1464105
David KampVanity 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 GitlinProfessor of Journalism and Sociology at Columbia University."Response to Jerry Lembcke and Jerry's reply"vnpeacecomm.blogspot.com/2017/09/todd-gitlin-response-to-jerry-lembcke.html
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)
Dr. Jerry LembckeAssociate Professor Emeritus, College of the Holy Cross.
"Home-from-War War Stories: Myth, Media & the Ken Burns Vietnam Series"www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/26/home-war-war-stories-myth-media-ken-burns-vietnam-seri
Phil Klay Mother JonesInterview: "Ken Burns Never Knew How Wrong He Was About the Vietnam War"www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/09/ken-burns-the-vietnam-war-lynn-novick-documentary/
"Are PBS and Ken Burns about to Rewrite History Again?" (The pro-war viewpoint)
-- VIDEOS OF PANEL DISCUSSIONS --
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