The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

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Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history. Not edited for television.
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  1. 1. Déjà Vu (1858-1961)
    September 17, 2017
    1h 22min
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    Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial occupation. Vietnam is divided in two. Communists in the North aim to reunify the country, while America supports Diem’s untested regime in the South.
  2. 2. Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)
    September 18, 2017
    1h 23min
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    Kennedy inspires idealistic Americans to serve their country and wrestles with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam. As the autocratic Diem regime faces a communist insurgency and Buddhist protests, a political crisis unfolds.
  3. 3. The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)
    September 19, 2017
    1h 55min
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    With South Vietnam in chaos, hardliners in Hanoi seize the initiative and send combat troops to the South. President Johnson escalates America’s military commitment, authorizing bombing of the North and deploying ground troops in the South.
  4. 4. Resolve (January 1966-June 1967)
    September 20, 2017
    1h 54min
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    North Vietnamese troops and materiel stream down the Ho Chi Minh Trail into the South. As an antiwar movement builds back home, soldiers and Marines discover that the war they are fighting in Vietnam is nothing like their fathers’ war.
  5. 5. This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)
    September 21, 2017
    1h 25min
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    American casualties mount as they face deadly North Vietnamese ambushes and artillery. Hanoi lays plans for a massive surprise offensive, and the Johnson administration reassures the American public that victory is in sight.
  6. 6. Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968)
    September 24, 2017
    1h 25min
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    On the Tet holiday, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launch attacks on cities and military bases throughout the South, suffering devastating losses but casting doubt on Johnson’s promise that there is “light at the end of the tunnel.”
  7. 7. The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968-May 1969)
    September 25, 2017
    1h 48min
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    Public support for the war declines, and American men of draft age face difficult decisions and moral choices. After police battle with demonstrators in the streets of Chicago, Richard Nixon wins the presidency. In Vietnam the war goes on.
  8. 8. The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970)
    September 26, 2017
    1h 49min
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    With morale plummeting in Vietnam, President Nixon begins withdrawing American troops. As news breaks of an unthinkable massacre committed by American soldiers, the public debates the rectitude of the war.
  9. 9. A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973)
    September 27, 2017
    1h 49min
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    U.S. airpower makes the difference in halting a North Vietnamese offensive. After being re-elected, Nixon announces Hanoi has agreed to a peace deal. American prisoners of war will finally come home—to a bitterly divided country.
  10. 10. The Weight of Memory (March 1973-Onward)
    September 28, 2017
    1h 48min
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    While the Watergate scandal rivets Americans’ attention, the Vietnamese continue in a civil war. When North Vietnamese troops pour into the South, Saigon collapses. For the next 40 years, all sides search for healing and reconciliation.
  11. 101. PBS Previews: Ken Burns: The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
    August 28, 2017
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    This program takes a look at creation of the upcoming series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick: THE VIETNAM WAR. Featuring interviews with the filmmakers, behind-the-scenes footage, and exclusive clips from the series, this program will give viewers an advance look at this Fall's most anticipated film.

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