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‘Vietnam’: Tom’s own view

Thus far I’ve held off, because I didn’t want to get in the way of Charles Krohn’s reviews.

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Thus far I’ve held off, because I didn’t want to get in the way of Charles Krohn’s reviews. But today, with his last offering, I want to say what I think:

I thought the series was no great shakes. I think I didn’t learn anything new from the series. That’s Okay — I’ve read a lot about the war, partly because a few years ago I contemplated writing a history of it, and spent months studying it. So the series wasn’t aimed at the likes of me. Still, I thought it could do more than present a basic conventional history with some good footage.

That said, I don’t entirely trust my own assessment. My wife, a 19th-century historian who hasn’t read much about the Vietnam War, found it fascinating. I suspect that her valuation is closer to that of most viewers than mine is.

Thus far I’ve held off, because I didn’t want to get in the way of Charles Krohn’s reviews. But today, with his last offering, I want to say what I think:

I thought the series was no great shakes. I think I didn’t learn anything new from the series. That’s Okay — I’ve read a lot about the war, partly because a few years ago I contemplated writing a history of it, and spent months studying it. So the series wasn’t aimed at the likes of me. Still, I thought it could do more than present a basic conventional history with some good footage.

That said, I don’t entirely trust my own assessment. My wife, a 19th-century historian who hasn’t read much about the Vietnam War, found it fascinating. I suspect that her valuation is closer to that of most viewers than mine is.

Photo credit: Frank C. Curtin/Associated Press, via PBS

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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