The Vietnam War

Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968)

On the eve of the Tet holiday, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launch surprise attacks on cities and military bases throughout the south, suffering devastating losses but casting grave doubt on Johnson’s promise that there is “light at the end of the tunnel.” The president decides not to run again and the country is staggered by assassinations and unrest.

Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968)

1h 28m

On the eve of the Tet holiday, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launch surprise attacks on cities and military bases throughout the south, suffering devastating losses but casting grave doubt on Johnson’s promise that there is “light at the end of the tunnel.” The president decides not to run again and the country is staggered by assassinations and unrest.

Previews + Extras

  • LBJ Criticizes the Media: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    LBJ Criticizes the Media

    S1 E6 - 1m 25s

    In a taped conversation between President Johnson and Jack Horner of the Washington Star, the president criticizes the media.

  • Saigon During Tet: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Saigon During Tet

    S1 E6 - 46s

    During the Tet Offensive, Duong Van Mai Elliott visits her family in South Vietnam. She remembers their fear that Viet Cong forces could be hiding nearby.

  • Episode Six | Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode Six | Preview

    S1 E6 - 30s

    In an immersive narrative, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never-before been told on film. THE VIETNAM WAR features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

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