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Vietnam War



  • Now It Can Be Told: How Neil Sheehan Got the Pentagon Papers

    Award-winning journalist Neil Sheehan told an interviewer the story of how he got the Pentagon Papers, on the condition that the story could not be published while he was alive. His passing this week opens up new knowledge in the history of press freedom and the Vietnam war.



  • Neil Sheehan, Reporter Who Obtained the Pentagon Papers, Dies at 84

    Neil Sheehan's earned skepticism of the rightness of the American mission in Vietnam made him the reporter to whom Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971. He won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for his volume "A Bright Shining Lie" about the war. 



  • New Memoir Tells Tale Of 1967 Beer Run To Vietnam

    John "Chick" Donohue was in a bar in Inwood in upper Manhattan in 1967 when the bartender suggested the neighborhood's contingent of troops in Vietnam would appreciate a beer. He made the delivery. His new book explains how. 



  • Aaron Sorkin’s Inane, Liberal History Lesson

    by Charlotte Rosen

    Aaron Sorkin's Chicago 7 film strips away the radical, anti-imperialist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist politics of the 1960s New Left to make the defendants heroic defenders of liberal democratic politics. 



  • The History of Hmong Americans Explains why they Might Decide the Election

    by Melissa Borja

    Hmong refugees were resettled in the United States after participating as US allies in military operations in Laos. American policy of dispersing refugees in small groups away from coastal areas created Hmong communities in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. 



  • Psychiatry and Homosexuality Draft Exemptions During the Vietnam War

    by Natalie Shibley

    Although many gay rights organizations argued that the exclusion of homosexuals from the armed forces was unconstitutional and discriminatory, several of the same groups also offered advice to gay men who wanted to be disqualified from military service.


  • Barry Zorthian's War: The Pentagon and the Press in Vietnam

    by Ron Steinman

    A 1970 speech by Barry Zorthian, the Pentagon's chief public information officer in Vietnam, shows a thoughtful approach to balancing the rights of journalists with the need of the military to control information. That approach is missing in the era of "fake news" and open hostility by the administration for the press.


  • Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods: How Bad is It?

    by Jerry Lembcke

    A historian of public perceptions of the Vietnam War (who served as a military chaplain there) warns that Spike Lee's latest film traffics in stereotypes of both American veterans and the Vietnamese people while reinforcing right-wing narratives about the war.