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Vietnam: The Real War: A Photographic History by the Associated Press [Hardcover]

Pete Hamill , Associated Press
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1 Oct 2013
The Vietnam War has left a deep and lasting impression in American life, from its impact on the men and women who fought in it, to the journalists and photographers who covered it, to the millions of Americans who protested against it or supported it. Thanks to an uncensored press, the world knew and saw more of this war than any in history before or since. The Associated Press made an unprecedented commitment to reporting the conflict: It gathered an extraordinary group of superb photojournalists in its Saigon bureau and these men created one of the great photographic legacies of the twentieth century. Collected here are images that tell the human story of the Vietnam War, as we watch the American presence in the war swell from a trickle of military advisers in the late 1950s, through dramatic operations involving thousands of soldiers in the 1960s, to the fall of Saigon in 1975. These are pictures that both recorded and made history, taken by unbelievably courageous photojournalists. In a moving essay, writer Pete Hamill, who reported from Vietnam in 1965, celebrates their achievement, focusing on five masters who took many of the photographs in the book: Horst Faas, Henri Huet, Eddie Adams, Nick Ut, and Phuoc Van Dang.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams (1 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419708643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419708640
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 2.8 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The Associated Press, the leading American news agency founded in 1846, won an unprecedented three Pulitzer Prizes for its coverage of the Vietnam War (1964-66). Its correspondents and photographers who covered the war form a legendary cadre in American journalism. To create this book, the agency selected almost 300 photographs from the tens of thousands filed during the conflict. Pete Hamill is an American journalist, novelist, essayist, editor and educator. Over the years, he has written on many subjects for Abrams, including the Mexican painter Diego Rivera, the photographs of the New York Daily News (where he served as editor), and Bobby Kennedy (Hamill helped persuade Kennedy to run for the Presidency). The recipient of many awards, Hamill is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful imagery 23 Oct 2013
By jackieg
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Bought this for my husband, who is really pleased with it. We were teenagers when this war was fought, but still remember some of the graphic scenes that we shown on the news, some of which are in the book and are very moving and sad. The text explains things that we did not know, about the origins of the war etc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible book. 24 Nov 2013
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As said by the author within the book, Vietnam was the first and last war to have true freedom of the press. It is a peerless photographic record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!! 15 Nov 2013
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Breathtaking photos and details about the inside real events of Vietnam war. Definitely a must have !!! Every page a treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Harrowing photos but interesting. 14 Mar 2014
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Detailed, well thought out and excellent photographs.

Great book and one my friends all pick up when they are over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 Jun 2014
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Exactly what I had been looking for. Beautiful photography. My dad loved it. Was a well received birthday present .......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Present 23 Mar 2014
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This book was a present so I am unable to comment on it. I know the receiver was very happy too have it and is enjoying the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Totally Gripping Pictorial Account 4 Mar 2014
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The book opens with an Introduction about some of the press and photographers who are included in this very fine book.
The book is then split into six chapters covering the length of the war, with appropriate pictures for each part. The narratives give you a very brief history of the main points of the war in each section.
Whilst the black & white photos are nearly all from the American or French side, they are nonetheless stunningly poignant, with some being head-shakeingly graphic and sad.
There is nothing glamorous about war? The pictures portray the reality of the pain, loss, slog, desperation and ultimately the survival instinct. This is grim and life changing.
The book has approximately 200 photos; it of course includes the iconic picture of Kim Pluc - the little naked nine year old girl, running away after a napalm attack. There is also the picture of the Buddhist Monk, Thich Quang Duc, who sets fire to himself in Saigon.
One of the most heart wrenching photos `is of a little baby in a shoe box, her little brother (about 3 years old?) is led beside her in the street - by them both is a beggars' bowl!
My only surprise is that there are no picture of the infamous `My Lay Massacre,' which is of course, was a major incident of this war?
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