Emmy Voters: It’s Time to Brush Up on Your History
by Michael Stewart Foley
The PBS series on Vietnam may have made a big splash. But that doesn’t mean it’s the last word on the subject.
The Ken Burns/Lynn Novick Vietnam Documentary Has Been Nominated for an Emmy in Several Categories
by Barbara Myers
It doesn’t deserve an award for its content.
This Social Scientist’s Verdict on the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick Vietnam War Documentary
by James W. Russell
The film is well made, engrossing, and fundamentally wrong in key respects.
SOURCE: Inside Higher ED
Historians were MIA from the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick documentary
And they’re upset about that.
Frances FitzGerald Reconsidered
by Gary Kulik
She won all the prizes for her history of Vietnam, but scholars don’t think much of “Fire in the Lake.”
SOURCE: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
Ken Burns’ ‘The Vietnam War’ Averaged 6.7M Viewers For PBS, Reached 34M
These ratings results mean The Vietnam War is the second-highest-rated Burns/Novick film of the past two decades, following The War in 2007.
SOURCE: NY Review of Books
So what does Frances FitzGerald think of the Vietnam War documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick?
by Frances FitzGerald
She generally likes the film but worries that the emphasis on stories may obscure larger meanings.
Have We Missed the Big Picture of What Happened in Southeast Asia with Our Laser Focus on Vietnam?
by Wen-Qing Ngoei
America lost in Vietnam but won the Cold War beyond it.
Ken Burns's Gift to Conservatives
by Leonard Steinhorn
His documentary on Vietnam mocks the young who fought for social change.
Vietnam in the Rearview Mirror: Why Victory Was an Illusion
by John Prados
Ken Burns’s and Lynn Novick’s implicit “honor the troops” undertone makes this documentary a platform for the neo-orthodox culture war players.
SOURCE: Real Clear Politics
Luke Nichter says the Burns/Novick Vietnam documentary was unfair to Nixon, among others
by Luke A. Nichter
He says the tapes show Nixon’s Vietnam policy wasn’t solely motivated by his re-election prospects.
The Creation of the Unprecedented PBS Series "The Vietnam War"
An Interview with Co-Director Lynn Novick
by Robin Lindley
SOURCE: The Chronicle of Higher Education
Jonathan Zimmerman asks: What’s So Bad About Ken Burns?
by Jonathan Zimmerman
There’s one big reason that academic historians turn up their noses at his popular documentaries: sour grapes.
What Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Want Us to Believe Is that Americans Were Innocents in Vietnam
by Ron Briley
We weren’t and our history of imperialism proves it.
What’s Missing From the Vietnam War Documentary?
by Jeffrey P. Kimball
Why the US waged war in Vietnam.
Ken Burns’s War Stories
by Bob Buzzanco
He’s more storyteller than historian and that weakens his series considerably.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
How the Vietnam War Broke the American Presidency
by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
The war opened the credibility gap. What we’ve learned since has only widened it.
How ‘The Vietnam War’ Surprised Co-Director Lynn Novick
“So much of what I thought I knew just turned out not to be correct,” says Novick.
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