Book cover for The Father of All Things

Afternoon Magazine Archives - March 29, 2007

The Father of All Things: A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam

Opening with a gripping account of the chaotic and brutal last month of the war, The Father of All Things is Tom Bissell’s powerful reckoning with the Vietnam War and its impact on his father, his country, and Vietnam itself. Through him we learn what it was like to grow up with a gruff but oddly tender veteran father who would wake his children in the middle of the night when the memories got too painful. Bissell also explores the many debates about the war, from whether it was winnable to Ho Chi Minh’s motivations to why America’s leaders lied so often. Above all, he shows how the war has continued to influence American views on foreign policy more than thirty years later.

Daniel Ellsberg

Afternoon Magazine Archives - November 06, 2002

Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers

Daniel Ellsberg was a U.S. military analyst in 1969 when he learned that the government was hiding the knowledge that the Vietnam War could most likely not be won. His release of the papers to the New York Times and other U.S. newspapers in 1971 precipitated a political crisis, and led to a series of events culminating in the Watergate burglaries that brought down President Richard Nixon. In this interview, Ellsberg tells his story.

Book cover of Home to War

Afternoon Magazine Archives - March 27, 2002

Home to War: A History of the Vietnam Veterans Movement

Gerald Nicosia interviewed some 600 men who took part in the Vietnam War and later became active in the antiwar movement. Nicosia tells the story of the antiwar years, and of antiwar veterans including the leaders of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW). 

Another Vietnam book cover

Afternoon Magazine Archives - February 22, 2002

Another Vietnam: Pictures of the War from the Other Side

Another Vietnam presents the view of the North Vietnamese combat photographers who documented their people's 30-year struggle, first against the French and then against the Americans. Intended above all to inspire, their pictures portray a society committed to victory at all costs, but they are much more than mere propaganda - They show us courage, drama, resolve, and - often - a violent beauty. National Geographic Picture Editor Doug Niven sought out surviving photographers and discovered a treasure trove of images created under the harshest of conditions and preserved for a quarter century against all odds. He discusses the project in this interview with WILL's Tom Rogers.

Book cover for Vietnam Now

Afternoon Magazine Archives - February 06, 2002

Vietnam, Now: A Reporter Returns

Journalist David Lamb reveals a rich and culturally diverse people as they share their memories of the country's past, and their hopes for a peacetime future. A portrait of a beautiful country and a remarkable, determined people, Vietnam, Now is a personal journey that will change the way we think of Vietnam, and perhaps the war as well.

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