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Vietnam Inc. Hardcover – 28 Sep 2001


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; New edition edition (28 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714841528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714841526
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.9 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 852,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Few photo books can claim the social and historic importance of Vietnam Inc.' (Book Forum)

''The greatest description of war since Goya', raved Henri Cartier-Bresson ... Thirty years on, Vietnam Inc. is still a classic ... essential to anyone interested in Vietnam's history, America, photography or war.' (Far Eastern Economic Review)

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Highly influential, master photojournalist Philip Jones Griffiths (b.1936) is also a writer and film-maker. His photographs have appeared in every major magazine in the world and his assignments have led him to all five continents. He became a member of Magnum in 1971.

Noam Chomsky is one of America's most prominent linguists and political critics. A renowned Professor of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he has written over 30 political books.


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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By londonreader21 on 7 Jan. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Phillip Jones-Griffiths doesn’t see photography as an objective medium: his approach to the photo-story is to photograph everything that moves in front of the lens, and then edit his results to produce the “truest” representation he can of the event he witnessed when making the pictures. Vietnam Inc, when originally published, sold out in three weeks. At the time of its publication a great deal of imagery and journalism was published across the world that could have been described as “anti Vietnam War”. Vietnam Inc however is different. As Jones-Griffiths clearly intended, it’s more than a war story: suggesting that, in a broader context than the conflict in question, might is often far from right. His pages for example discussing the manner in which the American Army tried to teach hygiene to an already meticulously hygienic people offer a significant parable on the notion of understanding difference. At the time of its first publication Vietnam Inc was unique: a thoroughly researched, articulate and clearly presented treatise upon a conflict that, rather than being produced years later as a historical document, arose from the midst of the turmoil itself. Looking now at the new and almost unaltered version of Vietnam Inc, it still speaks with the clarity of a historical document, having lost none of its impact in its journey down the years; and as such remaining the finest piece of journalism to have come out of the Vietnam War.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Baker on 27 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
"THE" photographic record of the Vietnam war, Phillip Jones Griffiths is possibly the finest war/reportage photographer ever. These are some of the most thought provoking images I have ever seen, you cannot help but be drawn into each image and by the end of the book will surely question the objectives of warfare and the often untold suffering it brings.
This book is a must have if you have ever wanted to learn of the true picture of the Vietnam war and its effect on all parties involved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Jinkinson on 10 May 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great photographs and a very thoughtful and succinct analysis of Americas disastrous Vietnam adventure. The US was driven by ambition and ignoranc, the Vietnamese by the love of their country. This book brings it all home.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hamilton TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book recently purely due to the fact that it is likely to become highly collectible in years to come (the first edition is worth quite a lot now) but I was quickly suckered in by this powerful photo-essay.

The images are of a predicabtly high standard but as is often the case with these books it is the captions that provide heart rending context, for example the image of a distraught mother holding her child is sad enough but the simple caption states that her husband was killed a short time before the photograph was taken and the US were about to destroy the village she lived and kill her ad her child. Horrible stuff but powerful, relevant and highly important.

Prior to reading this book my knowledge of the Vietnam war was limited to the 'Hollywood' version but the essays contained here will blow you away, they contain concrete truth and reveal why the war was destined to failure from the beginning. The term 'hearts and minds' was used during the Vietnam war and this echoes strongly with parallels to the current situation in Iraq.

I have no strong politicial views but this book ignites passionate debate and forces the question of why the US insists on imposing their own brand of democracy on nations who neither desire no require American intervention.

In conclusion this book is an extremely well produced piece of photo-journalism, a perfect amalgam of photos and illuminating essays.

Shocking, powerful but highly relevant in todays current climate. Recommended
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