Vietnam: The Real War: A Photographic History by the Associated Press

Vietnam: The Real War: A Photographic History by the Associated Press

by Pete Hamill, Associated Press Staff
     
 

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To cover the Vietnam War, the Associated Press gathered an extraordinary group of superb photojournalists in its Saigon bureau, creating one of the great photographic legacies of the 20th century. Collected here are images that tell the story of the war that left a deep and lasting impression on American life. These are pictures that both recorded and made history,

Overview

To cover the Vietnam War, the Associated Press gathered an extraordinary group of superb photojournalists in its Saigon bureau, creating one of the great photographic legacies of the 20th century. Collected here are images that tell the story of the war that left a deep and lasting impression on American life. These are pictures that both recorded and made history, taken by unbelievably courageous photojournalists. In a moving essay, writer Pete Hamill, who reported from Vietnam in 1965, celebrates their achievement.
As we begin to look back from the vantage point of half a century, this is the book that will serve as a photographic record of the drama and tragedy of the Vietnam War.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 12/01/2013
One of the defining characteristics of the Vietnam War was the unprecedented opportunity that the media had to observe the conflict. In this volume, the Associated Press has made available an extraordinary archive of photographs taken by photojournalists covering Vietnam from the start of the Indochina War in 1945 to the fall of Saigon in 1975. Readers will not only see many of the iconic pictures of this war (the self-immolating Buddhist monk, the naked girl fleeing her napalmed village) but will encounter many more besides. They will learn the backstory of each moment caught on film, including how the photographer managed to capture the shot. Interspersed among the chronological images are concise overviews of the war. Pete Hamill's foreword offers insight into the experiences and dangers faced by the journalists. VERDICT From the mundane to the horrific and from the sad to the beautiful, these images encapsulate multiple aspects of this complicated conflict. Readers studying the Vietnam War, photography, or journalism will appreciate this work. For a visual title that focuses more on the history of the war, see Chris McNab and Andy Wiest's The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War.—Joshua Wallace, South Texas Coll. Lib., McAllen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419708640
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
632,483
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

The Associated Press won an unprecedented six Pulitzer Prizes for its coverage of the Vietnam War. To create this book, the agency selected 300 photographs from the thousands filed during the conflict. Pete Hamill is an American journalist, novelist, essayist, editor, and educator. The recipient of numerous awards, Hamill is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York, and Cuernavaca, Mexico
Date of Birth:
1935
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
Education:
Mexico City College, 1956-1957; Pratt Institute
Website:
http://www.petehamill.com

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