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The Vietnam Photo Book. Hardcover – September, 1971

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The photographs, accompanied by quotations, anecdotes and explanations, record the many faces of the Vietnam War: limbless children; beggars and prostitutes; Bob Hope and his entourage of shapely celebrities. PW remarked that "the book has a terrific impact."
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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Viking Press (September 1971)
  • ISBN-10: 0670746029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670746026
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,982,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In July of 1968 I found myself standing in line ready to start basic training at Ft Dix N.J. Standing next to me was a hippie - long hair, beard, hippie clothes. That hippie was Mark Jury and over the next two months we became close friends. Mark detested the war, as did I, but he was determined to see it first hand. Mark expected to be assigned to the infantry but in its infinite wisdom, the Army assigned Mark to the Information Service - or some such thing - and gave him free reign to cover Vietnam. The result is this wonderful book. I went on to Offocer Candidate School and ended up in Vietnam several years later. I was assigned to the cushy part of Vietnam working for the generals. Mark shows this part in all its opulent, luxurious silliness but he also shows the dirty part where the "canon fodder"- kids just out of high school - got shot. He shows the Vietnamese hospitals where children misfortunate enough to stumble onto mines were sent. He shows the insanity of racism among the GI's. In a word, he shows it all. The pictures are powerful and they are enhanced by Mark's perceptive commentary. If you want to see what Vietnam was like, read this book.
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Absolutely outstanding. This should be the Gold Standard for 'photojournalism'. Jury steps aside and documents, in photographs, the American experience in Vietnam. No flashy camera tricks, no attempts at that LIFE Magazine-style 'iconic photo', none of that. Pure reporting. This is not just one of the best books on Vietnam, it's one of the best books ever crafted. Jury's template was Robert Capa, but I've owned or seen all of Capa's books, and compared to Jury's singular achievement, Capa was a propagandizing, lying hack. The pure honesty of this book is astounding. I don't know how Jury did it.

This book has been part of my life since I was a kid: my dad bought it and kept it on the bookshelves, and I looked at it since I was little. My old man was, in fact, a bit of a draft dodger: he signed up for inner-city teaching in Chicago to avoid being drafted. I've known a number of guys who kind of felt bad about not doing their bit in the military, and there may have been some guilt involved. I grew up in a blue-collar town surrounded by men who had been to Vietnam, and they ran the full gamut of experiences: guys who never touched a weapon after basic, along with guys shattered by Khe Sanh and unable to care for themselves, to a SEAL with three full tours. This book helped me understand them, and in my later life, helps me still.

This is a great book. It really is. Even if you don't care about Vietnam, it's terrific for a pure example of photojournalism.
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Around 1978-1979 I was in college at the University of Evansville(Indiana). I began a habit of escaping the boredom and 'stress' of college by hiding in the library and browsing through the at the time limited collection of books on Vietnam War. Most of the country as I recall wanted to forget about it. for some reason I still do not understand, I couldn't forget. I turned 18 in 1973 so I avoided the theDraft, the Combat , the direct personal loss. But being raised on the first TV war, I was surrounded by hints and signs of the personal effect in the US of that faraway place.My 2 best friends had brothers go and fight there. I remember on friend having a map of Vietnam on his bedroom wall with a place named "Khe
Sanh" circled where his brother was stationed in 1968. Another friend's brother was in the 101st had his finger pulled off at his wedding band because it got caught on some part of a crane he jumped off during a rocket attack. And a kid in the class ahead of me in grade school missing school because his brother died there. ...When I came upon Mark Jury's book the photographs reached out and grabbed me. I would return to it time and again during my time at U of E. the" 1000 yard stare" ( of the American soldirs after battle, a peace sign on a tree made from shaving cram and the images of hardwood forest in some ways like woods back here(in contrast to my image of a Homogenous Vietnam of swamps and jungles. Jury's book gave me a perspective of that War that has fueled a never ending interest in the Vietnam War and especially the personal impact it had on all of us.
I had not looked at that book since then. I am reading a book entitled "Into Cambodia" about the US military operations there in 1970 and the author mentioned a Army journalist named Mark Jury.
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Much has been said about this book. It isn't photographic poetry or even art. Nevertheless, it is a very moving visual documentary of the misguided folly of our Vietnam War adventure. It isn't pretty, and it seems as if we have not learned much since then. We seem to still trust people like Donald Rumsfeld enough to send our kids to war in Iraq. If you want to see proof of the banality of our Vietnam War effort where it took 40 people in the "rear" to support one "grunt" walking point in a rifle platoon, it is all here in black and white. Definitely worth buying.
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This book shows it all: the fun, the botherhood, the grief, the stupidity, the arrogance, the cynicism. When someone asks "what was vietnam like?" I set them down with this book.

Jury is an honest photojournalist with a young person's eye. The photos are straightforward, clear, well composed, non gimmicky.

A good book. Any Vietnam vet should have a copy.
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