Vietnam Veterans for Factual History

Facts not myths

The Ken Burns PBS Documentary on the Viet Nam War

The purpose of this section is to track articles, opeds, commentary and criticism of the Ken Burns documentary on Viet Nam.  Preliminary indications are that it will perpetuate some of the myths regarding the 2nd Indochina War.  We hope to offset those with critiques of every episode and in-depth analysis of the good, the bad and the questionable.

  1. Articles
    1. New Ken Burns' 'Vietnam War' documentary tackles divisive era
    2. Ken Burns Insists Vietnam Docu-Series His Most Ambitious Project To Date
    3. Ken Burns Is Finally Making A Documentary On The Vietnam War
    4. PBS Takes a Long, Hard Look at ‘The Vietnam War’
    5. Dark Sounds: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Score Ken Burns’s ‘Vietnam War’
    6. Ken Burns Positions ‘The Vietnam War’ Documentary In New Donald Trump Era – TCA
    7. Ken Burns returns to PBS with 'Vietnam War'
    8. Ken Burns, Trent Reznor teaming up for Vietnam documentary
    9. Ken Burns blends alchemy and archive in “The Vietnam War”
    10. Vietnam Redux, Again: Ken Burns & Lynn Novick’s Epic PBS Series
    11. Filmmaker Ken Burns to visit Ann Arbor for preview of Vietnam War documentary
    12. PBS International Presents The Vietnam War, Scores Sales
    13. PBS Announces Broadcast Premiere for THE VIETNAM WAR
    14. Ken Burns coming to Ann Arbor to preview epic Vietnam series
    15. Ken Burns' new Vietnam War documentary series to shed light on today's "disunity"
    16. "Nobody's Right" Latest Ken Burns documentary to explore all sides of Vietnam War
    17. 'Vietnam War' town hall to become WUCF special
    18. Divisions That We Suffer From Today Began With Vietnam, Says Ken Burn
    19. Twin Cities PBS seeks Vietnam War stories for digital story wall
    20. Vietnam War veterans documentary airs on WGCU for Memorial Day weekend
    21. Ken Burns shares what he learned making his latest documentary, "The Vietnam War"
    22. Filmmaker Ken Burns on the torment of the Vietnam War
    23. Filmmaker Ken Burns turns eye to Vietnam War
    24. Ken Burns' 'Vietnam War' series to be featured at AHA! Festival in Cleveland
    25. 18-hour documentary series on the Vietnam War will premiere this summer
    26. Watch: Exclusive Interview With Filmmaker Lynn Novick From "The Vietnam War" Coming to PBS
    27. Rare footage, interviews highlight new Ken Burns doc
    28. Ken Burns returns to take on Vietnam — 'a war we have consciously ignored'
    29. Film Notes: Ken Burns' Team Creates 'The Vietnam War' for PBS, With a Screening in Hanover
  2.  Opeds
    1. Ken Burns: Student of History—or Left-Wing Gasbag?
    2. Vietnam: The War That Killed Trust
    3. The Vietnam Debt
    4. Are PBS and Ken Burns about to Rewrite History Again?
    5. Burning History: Ossifying the False Narrative
    6. Review of the Ken Burns PBS Series
    7. Review: Ken Burns's 'Vietnam War' Will Break Your Heart and Win Your Mind
    8. Roush Review: Ken Burns' Powerful Doc 'The Vietnam War'
    9. War is hell, and sometimes a mistake. Ken Burns tells the 'Vietnam' story
    10. "The Vietnam War': Inside Ken Burns' 18-Hour Doc on the Era-Defining Conflict
    11. Ken Burns's 'Vietnam' revisits a barbaric war and asks, what went wrong?
    12. Be skeptical of Ken Burns' documentary: The Vietnam War
    13. Skeptical of Burns' 'Vietnam,' Part 2
  3. Commentary
    1. Vietnam Episode 2: There's an iceberg ahead, but the ship speeds up
    2. Ken Burns' Vietname: Episode 1. Very Good, But 2 Omissions
    3. Missing from Ken Burns' 'Vietnam": The patriotism and pride of those who fought
    4. Infamous North Vietnamese Propaganda Makes Appearance in Ken Burns Series
    5. The tragedy of the PBS-Ken Burns version of the Vietnam War
    6. The Vietnam Documentary And Military Lessons
    7. The Documentary "The Vietnam War": Artistic License as History
    8. Why Ken Burns' "Vietnam" on PBS Matters
    9. Facts 'The Vietnam War' left out
    10. Reivew Of Ken Burn's Vietnam PBS Series
    11. Veterans angry, disappointed following PBS' Vietnam War documentary
    12. Ken Burns, JFK and the unopened door
    13. Justifying Betrayal of Vietnam Emerges as the Raison d'etre of Ken Burns' Film on the War
    14. The Vietnam War Documentary: Doom and Despair
    15. The Bad War
    16. The Ken Burns Version
    17. Reluctance to confront the past sows seeds of future division
    18. Opinion: Vietnam TV series veered leftward, siding with Communist winners and anti-war movement
    19. South Carolina veterans react sharply to Ken Burns Vietnam documentary
    20. Veterans angry, disappointed following PBS' Vietnam War documentary
    21. Vietnam War.. Another point of view
    22. Mission Failure: The Burns & Novick "The Vietnam War" Misses its Target | A Review (Part 1)
    23. A Failure to Discern: Burns & Novick's "The Vietnam War" is Bad Hisotry | A Review (Part II)*
    24. PBS Propaganda: Will Ken Burns' Twisted Version of Vietnam War Endure?
    25. A Warped Mirror
    26. Oliver North: PBS and Ken BUrns get Vietnam — and Richard Nixon — wrong, again
    27. 'Beyond shameful': Don't fall for this deceitful Vietnam flick
    28. The Ken Burns Version, Cont'd
    29. PBS 'Vietnam' slap in face of all who served
    30. Another view of the Vietnam War
    31. What Ken Burns' Vietnam War docu-series on PBS gets wrong
    32. Honors and Errors: The Burns-Novick Vietnam War Documentary
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