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Why Viet-Nam

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"This documentary looks at the history of U.S. support in Southeast Asia. You will hear speeches by Dean Rusk, Robert McNamara and LBJ."--All Movie Guide website.
DVD
2006; 1965
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara

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The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense, under President Kennedy and President Johnson, Robert S. McNamara. McNamara was one of the most controversial and influential political figures of the 20th century. Now, he offers a candid and intimate journey through some of the most seminal events in contemporary American history. He offers new and often surprising insights into the 1945 bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the effects of the Vietnam War.
DVD
2004; 2003
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Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War

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Presents the history behind the longest, most controversial war in modern history. Using film clips shot by both sides and seen through the eyes of policymakers and combat veterans, the programs reexamine without blame or judgement the rise and fall of America's twenty-five year commitment to the war in Vietnam.
DVD
2000; 1980
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Kennedys: Part 1 the Father [electronic resource]

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Describes how Joseph Kennedy built his family into a potent political force. Traces the lives of Joe and Rose and their nine children, focusing particularly on Joseph Jr., John, Robert, and Edward.
Online
2005; 1992
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The Kennedys: Part 2 the Sons [electronic resource]

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The conclusion of The Kennedys follows the Kennedy story from the glamorous imagery of Jack and Jackie Kennedy's White House -- carefully cultivated by both the president and the first lady -- through the national tragedies of the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, to the dark days of Edward Kennedy's accident at Chappaquiddick and his unsuccessful 1980 presidential campaign, which may have finally freed him of the burden of his father's ambition.
Online
2005; 1992
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It's Been a Long, Long Time [electronic resource]

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Chronicles the end of World War II with the explosion of two atomic bombs. The war industry is shut down and millions in the Armed Forces return home. A new materialism, along with the GI Bill and baby boom, sends millions of Americans into mass-produced suburbs. The seeds of the Cold War, Korea and Vietnam have been planted overseas.
Online
2005; 1990
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Interview With George W. Ball, 1981 [electronic resource]

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George W. Ball served in the State Department under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and later as Ambassador to the United Nations. He describes the early Johnson Administration as a period of "drift" when the US was becoming increasingly involved in Vietnam, a trend Ball opposed in numerous memos and meetings. Ball discusses his role as the voice of dissent within the Johnson administration, arguing that they learn from mistakes previously committed by the French in Vietnam. He recalls Johnson as a sympathetic and intelligent man who wanted to end the war but could not afford to lose it.
Online
1983
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Interview With Henry Kissinger, 1982 [electronic resource]

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Henry Kissinger's involvement with Vietnam started before he was Nixon's National Security Advisor. While at Harvard, Kissinger was a consultant on foreign policy to both the White House and State Department and in a 1973 peace agreement, Kissinger helped mediate between Washington and Hanoi. In this interview Kissinger recalls the period before he joined the Nixon White House and how he did not question the United States involvement in Vietnam. In 1965, Kissinger travelled to Vietnam and saw that the war was not winnable in the way it was currently being conducted. Moreover, he had doubts as to whether or not South Vietnam could stand on their own once the United States left. He also describes his impression of Le Duc Tho as someone whose goal was to break the morale and spirit of t [...]
Online
1983
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Interview With Harry McPherson, 1981 [electronic resource]

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Harry McPherson served as Special Counsel to LBJ from 1965 to 1969 and was Johnson's chief speechwriter from 1966 to 1969. McPherson begins the interview by recalling the conflicted mood at the White House following the Tet Offensive. The optimism found in military cables and official information clashed with televised images showing the nation that the war was resulting in massive loss of human life and that a prisoner could be shot at point-blank range. He also talks about the concerns LBJ had that the Vietnam War might escalate into a world war and that the goal was not to destroy North Vietnam but rather to keep them contained and not overthrow the government in South Vietnam. He ends the interview with a personal sketch of President Johnson, a complex and tragic figure.
Online
1983
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Interview With Morton H. Halperin, 1981 [electronic resource]

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Morton Halperin was an American foreign policy expert who served in the Johnson, Nixon, and Clinton administrations. In 1967 he defended the bombing of North Vietnam in order to prove to its people that the Democratic Republic of Vietnam could not protect them. Under Nixon, Halperin was suspected of leaking the Pentagon Papers and his phones were tapped. He describes his reservations about being asked to draw up an option for escalation of the war. Halperin also discusses options for winding down the war that he hoped would result in the return of American prisoners of war. He reflects on intelligence operations in the US against the anti-war movement, describing it as effective but clearly illegal. He argues that the very existence of the South Vietnamese depended upon the belief by [...]
Online
1983
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The Kennedys

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"The Kennedy explores the building of the Kennedy legend, a story in part created and then brilliantly promoted by the family itself, a story whose afterglow still captures the American imagination. Featuring extensive interviews with family members, friends and first-hand witnesses to the many chapters of the Kennedy saga, and using a wealth of still photographs and archival footage ..."--Container box.
DVD
2004; 2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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Post-War Hopes, Cold War Fears

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Describes life in America after World War II, a time of rash optimism and neuroses. While the dollar was strong and everyday life improved, the 1950's also saw the lowering of the Iron Curtain, the loss of China to Communism, the Korean War and the Red Scare.
VHS
1984; 1983
Ivy (By Request)
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45/85: America and the World Since World War II

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An oral/visual history of the U.S. goal of containing Communism from 1945 to 1985. Peter Jennings and Ted Koppel, ABC-TV news correspondents, guide viewers through four decades of American foreign policy. Pt. 1 focuses on the days following World War II, the post-war boom in America, the Rosenberg trial, and civil war in Asia. Pt. 2 reviews the signing of the armistice to end the Korean War, the invention of television and the discovery of the polio vacine, civil rights, McCarthyism, and the Soviet launch of Sputnik. Pt. 3 examines the short-lived Kennedy era and the steps that led to the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis, Lyndon Johnson's agenda for social change, U.S. involvement in Vietnam, Richard Nixon's relection and resignation in the aftermath of Watergate, and a na [...]
VHS
1986
Ivy (By Request)
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Why Vietnam?

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Explains United States policy on South Vietnam as stated in an address by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
VHS
1979
Ivy (By Request)
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The Kennedys

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Not the story of the individuals, but the saga of "The Kennedys", the family, the clan, shaped by father Joseph's drive, their own distinct personalities and the times in which they lived. This program focuses on the family as they saw themselves and as others saw them.
VHS
1992
Ivy (By Request)