The Media:
Vietnam War

"Television brought the brutality of war
into the comfort of the living room.
Vietnam was lost in the living rooms
of America--not on the battlefields of Vietnam."
--Marshall McLuhan, 1975

Adams-Westmoreland Controversy
Sam Adams became the center of a growing Vietnam War controversy.

Another Vietnam: Pictures of the War from the Other Side
An intense collection of images, many never seen before, from the cameras of North Vietnamese photographers. Each included photographer has a chapter highlighting his personal stories and captivating pictures.

The Cat from Hue: A Vietnam War Story
by John Laurence
This is the true story of a young American reporter who went to Vietnam with an open mind and an innocent heart and was plunged into a world of cruel beauty and savage violence. His experiences in the war forced him to question all his assumptions about his country, the nation's leaders and his own sanity.

Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite became the preeminent media figure of the 1960s and 1970s as correspondent and anchorman for CBS Television.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Press Conference, April 7, 1954
The Row of Dominoes explanation.

Gloria Emerson
Emerson was best known for her award-winning reporting of the Vietnam War for the New York Times.

Frances FitzGerald
Frances FitzGerald was not quite 32 years of age when her first book, Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam, was published to immediate and extraordinary praise.

Daniel Ford
He is best known for his Vietnam novel that became the Burt Lancaster film, Go Tell the Spartans.

David Halberstam
Halberstam won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Vietnam, where he was a correspondent.

Michael Herr
A writer and former war correspondent, best known as the author of Dispatches.

Inside Television's First War: A Saigon Journal
by Ronald Steinman
"Steinman went to Saigon as NBC news bureau chief in April 1966 before the significance of the Vietnam War was clearly evident. It was the first war to be reported by television at a time when there was less government -- and network -- interference in war reporting. It was also a time before technology enabled the fast and constant relay of images and news from around the world. Steinman recalls the struggles he and his staff of young, multinational correspondents faced: learning how to report a war from the front lines, how to get past the canned news offered by the government, and how to get undeveloped film shipped out of Saigon. He recalls the hardships of living in a war-torn nation and the friendships that helped advance news gathering and personal survival. Steinman also recalls his courtship of a young Vietnamese coworker whom he later married. This is an intense look behind the scenes at how television reported on the growing conflict in Vietnam and how those images influenced American public opinion of the war." --Booklist

Inventing Vietnam: The War in Film and Television
by Michael Anderegg
The Vietnam War has been depicted by every available medium, each presenting a message, an agenda, of what the filmmakers and producers choose to project about America's involvement in Southeast Asia. This collection of essays, most of which are previously unpublished, analyzes the themes, modes, and stylistic strategies seen in a broad range of films and television programs.

President Kennedy's News Conference, February 7, 1962
Response to a question on American involvement in South Vietnam.

Walter Lippmann
One of the country's most prominent syndicated columnists.

The Only War We've Got: Early Days in South Vietnam
by Daniel Ford
A war correspondent's journal, from the Mekong Delta to the Central Highlands, including the patrol that inspired the novel "Incident at Muc Wa" and the Burt Lancaster film "Go Tell the Spartans."

Neil Sheehan
He was awarded a non-fiction Pulitzer Prize in 1989 and a National Book Award for A Bright Shining Lie.

Ron Steinman
NBC’s Bureau Chief in Saigon during the Vietnam War.

Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation
Was Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History

by B.G. Burkett, Glenna Whitley
"A tough, courageous book, overwhelmingly documenting the fraud that has been so destructive to the true legacy of those who fought in Vietnam. Its central thesis should make American mainstream media cringe in shame from their decades of negligence and collusion in this defamation of those who served with honor." --James Webb, author of "Fields of Fire," and former Secretary of the Navy.

Thich Quang Duc
Thich Quang Duc's suicide marked the beginning of the end of the Diem regime.

War Torn: Stories of War from the Women Reporters who Covered Vietnam
by Tad Bartimus, Tracy Wood, Kate Webb, Laura Palmer, Edith Lederer, Jurate Kazickas, etc.
"Often only hours before you took that first sip of ricard or your martini... you had been watching a medic give up on a kid of eighteen or nineteen and flip a cold poncho over his face. Often you could hear the artillery of a battle across the Saigon River." So Kate Webb, a former UPI correspondent, recalls her days as a reporter in Vietnam, moving back and forth between the devastation of the field and the decadent and chaotic nightlife of Saigon. Her story is part of War Torn: Stories of War from the Women Reporters Who Covered Vietnam, written by former correspondents including Denby Fawcett, Jurate Kazickas and UPI's Webb and Tracy Wood. The book collects nine reporters' memoirs that recall the period of 1966-1975, when women's reportage, as Gloria Emerson notes in her introduction, was much rarer than today.

Kate Webb
War correspondent Webb was captured by North Vietnamese troops operating in Cambodia.

Women War Correspondents in the Vietnam War
by Virginia Elwood-Akers
More than 75 women served as war correspondents in the Vietnam War, covering every aspect of the war from human interest to combat. They worked for major news media and won major journalism awards, including a Pulitzer Prize. Several women reporters were wounded in combat, three were taken prisoner, and two were killed.