Vietnam: The Real War: A Photographic History by the Associated PressHardback
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- Publisher: Abrams
- Format: Hardback | 304 pages
- Dimensions: 252mm x 268mm x 28mm | 1,100g
- Publication date: 1 October 2013
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1419708643
- ISBN 13: 9781419708640
- Illustrations note: 300 colour and black-and-white photographs
- Sales rank: 107,427
The Vietnam War has left a deep and lasting impression in American life, from its impact on the men and women who fought in it, to the journalists and photographers who covered it, to the millions of Americans who protested against it or supported it. Thanks to an uncensored press, the world knew and saw more of this war than any in history before or since. The Associated Press made an unprecedented commitment to reporting the conflict: It gathered an extraordinary group of superb photojournalists in its Saigon bureau and these men created one of the great photographic legacies of the twentieth century. Collected here are images that tell the human story of the Vietnam War, as we watch the American presence in the war swell from a trickle of military advisers in the late 1950s, through dramatic operations involving thousands of soldiers in the 1960s, to the fall of Saigon in 1975. These are pictures that both recorded and made history, taken by unbelievably courageous photojournalists. In a moving essay, writer Pete Hamill, who reported from Vietnam in 1965, celebrates their achievement, focusing on five masters who took many of the photographs in the book: Horst Faas, Henri Huet, Eddie Adams, Nick Ut, and Phuoc Van Dang.
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The Associated Press, the leading American news agency founded in 1846, won an unprecedented three Pulitzer Prizes for its coverage of the Vietnam War (1964-66). Its correspondents and photographers who covered the war form a legendary cadre in American journalism. To create this book, the agency selected almost 300 photographs from the tens of thousands filed during the conflict. Pete Hamill is an American journalist, novelist, essayist, editor and educator. Over the years, he has written on many subjects for Abrams, including the Mexican painter Diego Rivera, the photographs of the New York Daily News (where he served as editor), and Bobby Kennedy (Hamill helped persuade Kennedy to run for the Presidency). The recipient of many awards, Hamill is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University.