- 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)
Vietnam: The Real War: A Photographic History by the Associated Press Hardcover – 1 Oct 2013
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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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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.
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?
Great book and one my friends all pick up when they are over.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
1st copy arrived damaged, second copy better, excellent photos. Box used for packing ( twice) far to big for book, allowed it to move around and get damaged. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Thomas George Duffee
As good as I expected . I had been searching for this book for a couple of years. Stark and unadorned picture history of a Terrible conflict.Published 14 months ago by Gillian Kennedy
Bought for my partner. Beautiful pictures. He was very pleased with it.Published 21 months ago by Becca T