Historian and journalist A. J. Langguth delivers an authoritative account of the Vietnam War based on official documents not available earlier and on new reporting from both the American and Vietnamese perspectives.
Author and sociologist Tom Wells discusses the influence of the anti-war movement on American policy decisions affecting the Vietnam war, proposing that the movement had a significant impact on restricting, minimizing, or ending the war.
Today on Focus, host Jack Brighton interviews Iris Chang, author of Thread of the Silkworm. The recent book is the definitive biography of Tsien Hsue-Shen, a pioneer of America's space age who was denounced as a communist for unknown reasons, deported, and taken in by the Chinese missile program.
Between March and September of 1974, as Richard Nixon's presidency of the United States unraveled on national television, Bill Ehrhart, a decorated Marine Corps sergeant and anti-war Vietnam veteran fought to retain his merchant seaman's card after being busted for possession of marijuana. He was also held on suspicion of armed robbery in New York City, detained on the Garden State Parkway for looking like a Puerto Rican revolutionary and thrown out of New Jersey by the Maple Shade police. All of this occurred while the House Judiciary Committee conducted hearings on Nixon's impeachment.
Interview with Le Ly Hayslip, director of the East Meets West Foundation, and author of When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace (Doubleday, 1989), and Child of War, Woman of Peace (Doubleday, 1993)
An interview with Bruce Franklin, professor of English and American Studies, Rutgers University, author of MIA or Mythmaking in America. Almost two decades after the Vietnam War, most Americans remain convinced that U.S. prisoners are still being held captive in Southeast Asia, and many even accuse the government of concealing their existence. But as H. Bruce Franklin demonstrates in his startling investigation, there is no plausible basis for the belief in live POWs.