Once Upon a Distant War Young War Correspondents And

Once Upon a Distant War Young War Correspondents And

Once Upon a Distant War Young War Correspondents And TheEarly Vietnam Battles ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☉ Once Upon a Distant War Young War Correspondents And TheEarly Vietnam Battles Author William Prochnau – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk An enthralling character rich account of how a small group of young war correspondents including the legendary David Halberstam Neil Sheehan and Mal Browne came to Vietnam in the early '60s and change An enthralling character rich account of a Distant PDF ☆ how a small group of young war correspondents including the legendary David Halberstam Neil Sheehan and Mal Browne came to Vietnam in the early 's and changed the nature of the war the media the country and themselves of photos.

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  1. Timothy Hallinan Timothy Hallinan says:

    Why hasn't anyone filmed this book?A crew of young correspondents is sent to cover an obscure war in an obscure country and then feel the earth shift as their own country becomes increasingly engaged in the war and find themselves uncomfortably in the middle of one of the greatest stories of the 20th century when it becomes inescapable that the government is steadily implacably lying to the American peoplwIt's Vietnam of course and the reporters grew up to be David Halberstam Neil Sheehan Peter Arnett and some others of eual stature if not eual fame This being a war some of them didn't grow up at all for example Sean Flynn the suicidally courageous son of Errol Flynn who was everything his father pretended to be but also had a death wish that was granted as he rode out of this world on a motorbike heading for a battle he'd been warned aboutAs the reporters filed their stories the White House called their papers to complain The Armed Forces threatened them More experienced correspondents including Marguerite Higgins and Joseph Alsop flew in took the Army tour and wrote stories attacking the correspondents The Diem government shadowed them and might have put contracts out on themBut they kept writing and they were right It was a journalistic triumph on the level of Watergate and it's difficult in reading the book not to feel that today it wouldn't have happened that today these reporters would have been embedded managed censored and not given the support of their journalistic and corporate bossesThis is a great book that reads like a thriller

  2. Peggy Peggy says:

    I would have given this five stars but feared my enthusiasm as a former reporter given the chance to wallow in that old machismo world with its in jokes apocryphal tales stupid daring and balls out reporting and writing was leading me to give the book credit than it deserved It's often said reporters of my generation the one following Halberstam Sheehan Arnett et al were inspired by Watergate Well yes but also by the men whose Vietnam stories we read in the paper and whom we watched on TV and who were held up as exemplary in our j school classes The righteousness of journalism in the 60s and 70s was at the heart of that golden time Glad I was there in my very tiny way

  3. Susan R. Susan R. says:

    This book had me hooked from the beginning and kept me hooked to the end I had heard of all these names of course but had no idea what they had gone through during those two years I had bought the accepted wisdom that the government and the military had had a policy of free access during the Vietnam War that was changed later because of all the trouble it caused I had no conception of how deeply the lying permeated the policy from the beginning Prochnau's writing style although certainly idiosyncratic enhanced his material keeping pace with the rapid and tumultuous unfolding of events Unlike other reviewers I did not find that Prochnau hero worshiped his subjects uite the opposite He showed the very human effects of constant work and anxiety as well as the debilitating cost of calling out the lies and fear of an entire power structure I found it especially interesting that none of the reporters uestioned the war only how it was being waged Prochnau's extensive research tells a story from before the hawkdove divisions for which that conflict came to be known It isn't an easy story to read but Prochnau makes it compelling

  4. Eric_W Eric_W says:

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  5. Jim Jim says:

    This is an interesting look at the pre Tonkin Resolution Vietnam War between 1961 and 1963 The lies told to the American people by President Kennedy about Vietnam are displayed openly and without prejudice The book is ponderous in some spots do we really need to read a multi page assessment of journalist Marguerite Higgins? which detracts from it Overall I'm glad I read it

  6. Fernando Gonzalez Fernando Gonzalez says:

    Great read for finding a different perspective of the Vietnam War something that's not from a military policymaker or cable news perspective but it does have a weird pace The author spends a lot of time on 1963 but rushes through most of the prior foreign interventions

  7. Patrick Patrick says:

    If you liked David Halberstam's The Best and The Brightest or if you want to know about what happended to the US in Viet Nam this is worth reading It is the history of the American press correspondents who reported from south Viet Nam in 1961 In addition to Halberstam you meet a young Peter Arnett Neil Sheehan and many others Bottom line they all supported the idea of what the Americans were trying to accomplish in Veit Nam but they accurately foresaw that the military embassy and CIA leaders were not facing up to the reality or the nature of this war and that the government in Washington didn;t want to really know what was going on They were given a very hard time even by their own newspapers for reporting what they sawAn interesting book well written This would have a really fun book to write if the ultimate outcome of what happened in the end weren't so tragic

  8. Richard Thompson Richard Thompson says:

    I was a teenager in Canada when the war in Vietnam was first in the news and had a very vague idea what was going on beyond a undefined idea that the war was BAD This book tells the story of the early years of the war through the stories of a group of young journalistsI read David Halberstam's THE COLDEST WINTER his history of the Korean War but I had no idea of his role in this story and his place in the history of American journalism I am pretty sure I sought out his book after reading about it in a laudatory mention in one of Mary McGrory's columns I say pretty sure because McGrory was a big JFK fan and picture that we get in this book the superstar president and his advisors is far from flatteringA very big cast of characters in a very complicated story but well told and compellingAn inter library loan

  9. Bill Bill says:

    I pretty much read this in one sitting which took the better part of a weekend Good historyjournalism grips me and it doesn't matter a whit that I know the outcome at the outset Lots of details on characters I had little familiarity with Of particular note was JFK's nixonian response to the work of a small group of intrepid youngsters working under very difficult conditions I didn't think the lies began until LBJ Vietnam was a war doomed from the start and it is remarkable how similar the Bush wars were to this Prochnau doesn't present anyone as wholly blameless particularly Halberstam and it is startling to be reminded that most of the press working in Vietnam at that time did not uestion the war itself only the way it was being waged

  10. Iano Iano says:

    One of the few books I've ever abandoned due to boredom I still gave it two stars as it starts well and is very interesting for about the first half Paints exoticism of VietNam vividly in early chapters during build up to war Folly of US policies is evident and the fact that they are repeating many of the same mistakes over and over in Ira and elsewhere is depressing Prochnau descends into hero worship of the journalists as the book progresses and it starts to read like a fanzine You've got to acknowledge that they worked harder than the embedded dispersers of propaganda that masuerade as war reporters today but the gushing praise from Prochnau is over the top

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