Revisiting the 1960’s — and Vietnam

June 20th, 2014

 

Last night, CNN aired an episode of the Spielberg/Hanks/Goetzman-produced documentary “The Sixties” that focused on the Vietnam War. Lots of historic and horrific footage — some I have never seen before — that will hopefully serve as a blunt reminder about the cost of involving ourselves in an unnecessary war. So many wonderful young men of my generation paid the ultimate price…

Two of the key commentators on the program are Karl Marlantes, author of the essential Vietnam war novel Matterhorn that focused on the aims of the war — which was not about gaining territory but solely on the mass killing of the Viet Cong — and David Maraniss, author of They Marched Into Sunlight, an account of the war on the battlefield, on the home front, and in the halls of the White House. I am proud to say that I interviewed both of these gentlemen about their books, and if the history of the 1960’s interests you at all, I invite you to read them.

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Interview with Karl Marlantes

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Interview with David Maraniss

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