Editorial Reviews from amazon.com
The military, political, and social repercussions of the Vietnam War continue to be felt, in the ways in which it altered the landscape of American life forever. Written by CNN correspondent Peter Arnett, the 13 episodes of Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War trace the entire course of the conflict, from the closing days of World War II when Ho Chi Minh first began to assemble his revolutionary army, to the fall of Saigon in 1975. Documentary filmmaking simply doesn’t get much better than this. With extensive archival footage shot by both sides and interviews with participants ranging from infantry soldiers to diplomats, Vietnam has a detached, journalistic objectivity and fairness throughout. It would be much easier to understand the war if it were possible to lay the blame at the feet of the French, or Kennedy, Johnson, or Nixon, but the war’s progress was never that clear-cut. Rather, it was a slippery slope that inexorably led to thousands of deaths and laid waste to the country of Vietnam. Unlike WWII, there were no heroes’ welcomes for Vietnam’s returning GI’s; more often than not, they were met with silence or outright contempt. The series’ final chapter explores their struggles in readjusting to normal life in society. The somber tone of Richard Basehart’s narration is a perfect match for the gravity of the subject matter. This two-DVD boxed set is essential watching for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the Vietnam War and all its ramifications, and should be required viewing for history classes. –Jerry Renshaw
The real story behind the longest, most controversial war in modern history. Known as history’s first “living room war,” the Vietnam conflict is presented in this nearly 10-hour documentary with clarity, authority, and insight, complete on 2 DVDs. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Peter Arnett and narrated by Richard Basehart (Moby Dick, La Strada), Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War covers the entire conflict, examining the shifting attitudes of the United States toward Vietnam from 1945, when the battleground was known as French Indochina, to 1975, when Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese. This superb award-winning series of programs re-examines without blame or judgment the rise and fall of America’s 20-year commitment to the war in Vietnam. Forceful and evocative, with film clips shot by both sides, it revisits the time and place that molded a generation and changed the course of American politics forever.
I am a Vietnamese person, and I am very proud of Vietnam. Furthermore, I am not in Vietnam now, I am studying the Master course in Korea, so from the bottom of my heart I understand well about the value of each day I had been together with my family, with my friends. Nowadays I want to find out the history of Vietnam and the true stories about our Uncle Ho.
The national flag of the socialist republic of Vietnam has a red background with a five-pointed yellow star at the center. Originally, the flag was adopted as the national flag of North Vietnam known as the democratic republic of Vietnam on November 30, 1955 and was later accepted as the national flag of Vietnam on July 2, 1976 after Vietnam War. There have been multiple interpretations of the peculiar design of the flag. Earlier, red was interpreted as representative of the independence struggle of Vietnam and yellow was taken to be the color of Vietnamese people with the figure of five-pointed star showing 5 traditional divisions of the people including scholars, peasants, craftmen, merchants and soldiers. After the establishment of communist rule in Vietnam, red was considered to represent the revolution of the working class and yellow star was defined as representing the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam.