I am not an expert on the Vietnam War. I have not taught this subject in nearly sixteen years. As a result, I am no position to offer a critique or review of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s PBS documentary, The Vietnam War. I have now watched the first two episodes and about half of the third episode. I am enjoying it immensely and learning a lot of new information.
I have also been reading reviews to get a sense of what historians of the era and other commentators have to say. Here are a few that caught my eye:
L.D. Burnett likes it.
Andrew Bacevich says that the series “doesn’t answer the questions about the Vietnam War that many are seeking.”
James Fallows at The Atlantic
Jeremy Kuzmarov says the documentary is “misleading”
George Will thinks it is a masterpiece
Jerry Lembcke also thinks it is “flawed”
Tim Lacy thinks Burns and Novick do a nice job covering the Diem regime