NPR American Chronicles: The Vietnam War


NPR reports on the Vietnam War, from its origins to the major battles, through the Fall of Saigon,...
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NPR reports on the Vietnam War, from its origins to the major battles, through the Fall of Saigon, to repercussions of the conflict still felt today.

Stories include

  • The Gulf of Tonkin
  • The Tet Offensive
  • The My Lai Massacre
  • John Kerry’s testimony before Senate Panel
  • Fall of Saigon
  • Rescue Efforts of the USS Kirk after the fall of Saigon.
  • Women’s Experiences in Vietnam
  • The Home Front
  • Vietnamese voices
  • Daniel Ellsberg on the Pentagon Papers
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A must listen for any student of the Vietnam War.”
DWD's Reviews

“Imformative and interesting, and often compelling and moving. . . . A useful, often affecting, program.”

“Flawless and up to NPR’s high production standards. The work as a whole can serve as an introduction of sorts to the conflict. Public libraries and comprehensive collections on the Vietnam War should consider.”
Libary Journal

DWD's Reviews
“A must listen for any student of the Vietnam War.”
DWD's Reviews
Library Journal - Audio
Nearly 40 years since the fall of Saigon, the Vietnam War can still elicit strong emotions. This collection of NPR stories explores the war from the Gulf of Tonkin Incident of 1964 to the present day from the perspectives of both ordinary people and high-ranking military officers and politicians. Reports include a story on the wives of POWs, an interview with an eyewitness to the My Lai massacre, and the recollections of a wartime Red Cross worker. These broadcast media reports vary in length from a mere handful of minutes to nearly half an hour. Technically, these are all flawless and up to NPR's high production standards. The work as a whole can serve as an introduction of sorts to the conflict. VERDICT Public libraries and comprehensive collections on the Vietnam War should consider.—Michael T. Fein, Central Virginia Community Coll. Lib., Lynchburg
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611748901
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Series: NPR American Chronicles
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Original radio broadcast; 3 hours
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

AUDIE CORNISH is the host of Weekend Edition Sunday. Prior to moving into the hosting, Cornish reported from Capitol Hill for NPR News, covering issues and power in both the House and Senate and specializing in financial industry policy. Cornish comes to Washington, D.C., from Nashville, where she covered the South for NPR. Before coming to NPR, Cornish was a reporter for Boston’s award-winning public radio station WBUR. In 2005, Cornish shared in a first prize in the National Awards for Education Writing for “Reading, Writing, and Race,” a study of the achievement gap. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Cornish has served as a reporter for the Associated Press in Boston. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Internationally acclaimed, NPR produces and distributes programming that reaches a combined audience of 26.4 million listeners weekly, and, unlike other media, NPR’s audience continues to grow. NPR member organizations operate 784 stations, and another 117 public radio stations also present NPR programs, for a total of more than 900 stations nationwide who broadcast NPR programming.

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Table of Contents


  • Introduction by Audie Cornish
  • At the Vietnam War Memorial
  • May Day War Protest in Washington, D.C.
  • Gulf of Tonkin’s Phantom Attack
  • POW Wives
  • Ruth Harrison
  • Soldiers’ Stories: Protesting Vietnam
  • A Red Cross Worker’s War Memories
  • Dick Gregory: Ideologies and War
  • A Soldier’s Daughter
  • ‘Dangerous Man’ Daniel Ellsberg Reflects
  • A Vietnam Vet in His Own Words
  • Cronkite on Vietnam War
  • McNamara, Morris, and The Fog of War
  • The Vietnam War, Through Eddie Adams’ Lens
  • “Zippo Songs” of Vietnam
  • At Vietnam Memorial, Unlikely Bond Began
  • My Lai Eyewitness
  • A Wartime Diary Touches Vietnamese
  • Vietnam Homecoming: Communism and Memories
  • Forgotten Ship: A Daring Rescue as Saigon Fell
  • Shots Still Reverberate for Survivors of Kent State
  • Billy Bang’s “Vietnam: The Aftermath”
  • Remembering Reunification
  • Goodbye, Saigon
  • Saigons and Bygones
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