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Vietnam: The Real War: A Photographic History by the Associated Press Hardcover – 1 Oct 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams; 01 edition (1 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419708643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419708640
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 3.2 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,243 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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“Vietnam: The Real War: A Photographic History by the Associated Press” is a beautiful oversized, hard covered book with 300 stunning mainly black-and-white and many full-page photographs. The book is organized chronologically starting in the 1950s with the first American boots on the ground and finishing with the dramatic fall of Saigon in 1975. The accompanying text to the photographs provides further excellent background information, adding to the drama of a lot of pictures. It is also an invitation for further investigation. It is easy to get lost in the book as well as in individual pictures.

The photos are mainly made by five of the most famous Associated Press (AP) war photographers: Horst Faas, Henri Huet, Eddie Adams, Nick Ut, and Phuoc Van Dang. Their names and faces may not be familiar to everybody, however their photographs in this book are instantly recognizable. Their pictures have become part of the collective memory as well as defining moments in the public perception and political debates in the West of what was going on in Vietnam. This is therefore also a tribute to AP's journalists, who saw more fighting than many Generals they met in briefing rooms and press centers.

“Vietnam: The Real War” is not for the faint-hearted. Some pictures are graphic and the stories behind some of them are stomach turning or incredibly sad. I read the book in conjunction with "Dispatches: Picador Classic" to add a psychological dimension. So all in all, this is a beautiful coffee table book, but not suitable for all coffee tables.
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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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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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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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Breathtaking photos and details about the inside real events of Vietnam war. Definitely a must have !!! Every page a treasure.
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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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My only advice is don't download this to your kindle device if you expect to be able to read any of the narrative which is far to small to read and cannot be made bigger. Feel I should get a refund but I guess no such chance when it comes to kindle books. A total waste of my money, very very disappointed! I would be happy to by the hardback book but too late for that now.
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Superb photograph's taken by brave men tell something of the horror of this atrocious war. Unfortunately the AP had nobody working for the other side; and US forces tended to refrain from massacring civilians when photographers were around; and nothing in the vicinity of an air strike survived. So this is as full a picture as you are likely to ever get.
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