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VINE VOICEon 10 December 2003
The photographs in this book are absolutely mind blowing. They are a creditable testament to the memory of the incredibly brave and talented photographers who did not return from Vietnam and Indochina.
Some of the greatest photographers of all time are listed here.
Some of their photographs have remained unseen for some 40 years. Some of the photographs taken were indeed the last visions seen by photographers who were actually killed whilst in the act of taking the photographs themselves.
The first hand reality of the 'at war' experience is brought home to the unitiated reader. To take these shots the photographers were of a necessity extremely close to the action and sometimes in the very midst of it. For their sacrifice in obtaining these images they lost their lives.
One can only sit back with awe at the scenes illustrated and wonder at the suffering, humanity & sometimes lack of it, that perpetuated these conflicts.
These photographers have done a great service in bringing home the reality of war to those who were not there. An amazing and fitting epitaph to those who fought, suffered and died on both sides.
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on 13 September 2001
This book cant be read. This book can only be viewed and your thoughts make up the words. The book uncovers the horror of the Vietnam War from the French to the US interests. It also covers the beauty of the Vietnam landscape.
A great coffee table book, and a great tribute to all war time photographers around the word both past and present.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 3 December 2010
This is a truly remarkable collection of photos. The essence of so much of the agony of the wars in Vietnam captured on film. This collection has a central macabre link - all the photographers were killed in the war. Tim Page paid his own "dues" in the war including taking a horrific head wound. On arrival at the hospital, he overheard the doctor say that he was going to die. Still obviously haunted by the war, he undertook this project in part as a memorial to his friends, Sean Flynn (the son of Earl, the movie actor) and Dana Stone, who were captured and executed by the Khmer Rouge.

Robert Capa, whose most famous picture was taken during the Spanish Civil War, showing the moment of death of a republican soldier, died by stepping on a land mine, two weeks after the fall of Dien Bien Phu. Larry Burrows was one of the most famous who covered the American war period, and he died in a helicopter crash in 1971 during the Vietnamese offensive against the Ho Chi Minh Trail. There was Francois Sully and Kyoichi Sawada. So many of those that covered the war were not American. All so important for this collection are the Vietnamese photographers such as Luong Nghia Dung and Vo Van Quy, filming those "on the other side."

How many of the photographs deserve the epithet "haunting." At least half. There is Sou Vichith's photo of three captured Khmer "kids" really, two of them women, who will be raped and executed. There is the badly wounded Cambodian boy looking at his dead mother by Tea Kim Heang. Perhaps it is the no one at all, the empty road, being reclaimed by the jungle, with only part of a human spine on it by Taizo Ichinose that captures best the auto-genocide that was the "rule" of the Khmer Rouge.

The book concludes with a fitting epilogue by Neil Sheehan, whose book, A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam best captures in words the folly that is displayed in these pictures. Life magazine, which published numerous of these photographs, taken by those working on the American side, no longer exists. The power of the still photograph is not being used to convey the horrors of the Iraq war. This book should be compulsory viewing for the kids of today who learn nothing of the true nature of war from their video games. It might even move one of the hearts of the neo-cons who eschewed military service during this war.

(Note: Review first published at Amazon, USA, on April 14, 2008)
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on 1 April 1999
Tim Page worked in Viet Nam during the American period. This book however covers the conflict form the French occupation to the close of the war, and includes some Cambodian images. The most important factor however, is that all the work in this beautifully printed book is that of photographers who died in the war. Tim does not limit himself to the 'allied' side, but includes work from the Communist photographers. All the work is compelling, a lot is moving. There are thumbnail biographies of many of the contributors which adds to the sense of presence. In all an excellent book which should be read and viewed and not merely used a coffee table accessory.
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on 26 June 2002
This book really has some amazing and moving images. I have seen many of the 'vietnam' photography books, but this really is the best I have seen.
Requiem shows many of the last pictures taken by each person along with the moving stories about the photographer and the subject. At the back of the book is the Bio of each of the 135 journalists either MIA or KIA.
If you were only to buy one photography book about Vietnam, make it this one.
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on 26 March 2003
Some of the best photographs seen in a book on vietnam, some simple but fantastic shots and no better way to remember those that gave their lives than this tribute.
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on 21 May 2001
Its just astonishing how loud a photograph can shout. You pic the book up with interest & put it down with reverance. A memorial to those who fell & a tribute to those who gave their life to record them.
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on 18 March 2000
This book is awesome. The pages are packed with stunning, thought provoking pictures. Anyone with an interest in the human side of the vietnam war needs to read it.
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on 2 September 2008
The book is very absorbing, each picture thought provoking and overall, emotionally moving.

It is expensive but worth it. You notice something different each time you pick it up.
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on 24 July 2010
Very dissatisfied with this item. I bought it for my partner's 60th birthday.
I was a book he wanted and was thrilled. When he opened the book a page fell out.
Then he noticed that pages have been cut out which is a great shame as the information on some pages now describes a picture which is not there. I feel that this product does not meet with the seller's description and I would like my money back.

No way would you expect to buy a book described
DUST JACKET VERY GOOD BOOK VERY GOOD/FINE to have pages cut out.
This book had been mutilated. As far as I am concerned, this book was not of merchantable quality. It was very expensive. The least one should expect is an entire book. The seller's response was very insulting. Would you normally expect this statement to a customer?

"As you ordered the book on the 24th June and you email was dated the 19th July you have failed to notify us within 14 days of receipt. If I ordered a book for my husband from a second hand dealer (which is what we are) I would inspect the goods the day that they arrived, not 3 - 4 weeks later."

I did look at the book when it turned up. It is over 300 pages. I did not look at all of them. My partner started to look at then when he received it. It became apparent that it had been destroyed. Their inspection was lacking when they purchased the book.

If so you should put a warning on you site not to trust sellers and advise people to inspect the goods thoroughly as they could be spending a lot of money on an item which is not as described.
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