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Welcome to the Annals of Vietnam, a collection of articles, reviews, and images dealing with America's misadventures south and north of the 17th parallel. I have a particular interest in the early years, because that's when I was there as a reporter for the left-liberal magazine, The Nation, which was so financially strapped that it would even publish reports even from a Republican like me.

Kim Phuc Kim Phuc, the famous Girl in the Photo from the Vietnam War, has emerged again as a weapon in Europe's war against American technology giants. This time it's the prime minister of Norway -- really! -- using her office to lodge a complaint against Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. No doubt because he feared our own Justice Department and our eager state attorneys general, Mr Zuckerberg (or "Mark," as the prime minister prefers to address him) long ago established rules against posting photos of nude children. His minions (or bots, more likely) duly removed the image of Kim Phuc from the Facebook page of a Norwegian newspaper. I don't read Norwegian, so I have no idea why the Aftenposten found the photo so newsworthy, 44 years after the event. But I suspect it was intended to make a statement about the macroaggressions of the United States, ignoring the truth of the photo. As Ronald Timberlake writes herein, "It is a misrepresentation that has become a myth, that is repeated each Veterans Day." And on other occasions as well, it seems. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

For students:

'I need to know everything about Vietnam by Thursday!'
The Vietnam reading list (John Tegtmeier)

From life to fiction to film:

The Only War We've Got (a reporter's journal, 1964)
Incident at Muc Wa (the novel, 1967)
Burt Lancaster takes charge (filming, 1978)
Go Tell the Spartans (the movie, 1978)
The critics look at Go Tell the Spartans
A Vietnam slide show

Incident at Muc Wa

Early days in South Vietnam:

'They just fall apart in mid-air' (Vietnam dispatch, 1964)
How was the American soldier trained? (Fort Dix 1956)
Was America losing in Vietnam under JFK?
A Special Forces team under threat of attack
The Tonkin Gulf incidents, summer 1964
Philippe Drouin--aka Cowboy--interpreter and warlord
'Aggression from the North' (the State Dept. White Paper)
Did Japanese soldiers fight for the Vietminh?

Remembering the quagmire:

Spad Two goes missing in Laos
'The Collapse of the Armed Forces' (Col Robert Heinl)
Remembering the Phoenix Program (Larrry O'Daniel)
The Media and Vietnam (Erin McLaughlin)
The myth of the girl in the photo (Ronald Timberlake)
Joseph Ellis: the Vietnam vet wannabe
'My Heart's Content' (Pat Conroy)
To what extent is the US experience in Iraq comparable to their experience in Vietnam? (long essay, spring 2008)

Books and stuff

Ten best books about the Vietnam War (broadly defined
Nam-a-Rama: a wonderfully funny novel
Stolen Valor: Vietnam, lies, and the media (Burkett)
Clark Welch and the battle of Ông Thanh
The Village (Bing West)
The Vietnam War on video
When Thunder Rolled: F-105 over Vietnam (Rasimus)
Green Berets in the Vanguard, 1953-1963 (Archer)
Only War We've Got: Early Days in South Vietnam (Ford)
Incident at Muc Wa (Ford)
War Story (Morris)

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