Panel Remarks Critique of the Ken Burns Vietnam Program Institute of World Politics Washington, DC 22 January 2017 Lewis Sorley From my perspective the Burns production had one objective, to reinforce the standard anti-war narrative that the Vietnam war was unwinnable, illegal, immoral, and ineptly conducted by the allies fromContinue Reading

This is a book review authored by VVFH member David Hanna. Land Wars: The Story of China’s Agrarian Revolution, by Brain DeMare; Stanford University Press, 2019 (e-book version), $15.69. Brian DeMare is a cultural historian and teacher of modern Chinese history at Tulane University in New Orleans. In his firstContinue Reading

A Critical Review by Nicholas Warr  Despite its recognition as a New York Times bestseller, the receipt of many awards, and the recognition and praise from the literary world Mark Bowden has received since the publication of Hue, 1968, this book is filled with way too many misconceptions, flaws, criticalContinue Reading

By Michael Benge Flag of the communist Hukbalahap The communist Hukbong Laban sa Hapon (Anti-Japanese Army) or simply Huks, comprised mainly of disenfranchised peasant tenant-farmers of Central Luzon, was only one of several guerrilla groups resisting the Japanese invasion and occupation of the Philippines. The Huks were well received by theContinue Reading

These are some selected quotes from intelligent people, leaders of our country. On Cambodia: Some will find the whole bloodbath debate unreal. What future possibility could be more terrible than the reality of what is happening to Cambodia now? Anthony Lewis “Avoiding A Bloodbath” New York Times March 17, 1975Continue Reading

The Last Days in Vietnam is an Oscar-nominated documentary covering the very end of South Vietnam, in April, 1975. Rory Kennedy’s dramatically sad and horrific documentary is both difficult (for a Vietnam Veteran at least) to watch and a chronicle of American compassion and angst. The fall of a democratic societyContinue Reading