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.
Another bit of vanity! The French studio Rimini Editions has produced an upscale, hi-def edition of Le Merdier, with a remarkably youthful Burt Lancaster clutching his grease gun in the defense of Muc Wa, my 1967 novel that I like to think predicted how that misadventure was going to turn out. (Lancaster was 64 when the movie came out in 1978.) I don't know why the French adopted "shitter" as a pet name for grunts, but presumably they had their reasons. The Blu-Ray/DVD comes with a 32-page booklet based in part on this website and an email exchange between me and the author, Christophe Chavdia. Of course the discs are Region 2 / Zone B/2, so even if your French is up to the challenge, you might not be able to play it. In that case, try Go Tell the Spartans. Blue skies! — Dan Ford
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Posted December 2017. Websites ©1997-2017 Daniel Ford. All rights reserved.