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~FREE ♗ Once Upon a Distant War: Young War Correspondents And The Early Vietnam Battles ☨ An enthralling, character rich account of how a small group of young war correspondents including the legendary David Halberstam, Neil Sheehan, and Mal Browne came to Vietnam in the early s, and changed the nature of the war, the media, the country and themselves of photos This is an interesting look at the pre Tonkin Resolution Vietnam War between 1961 and 1963 The lies told to the American people by President Kennedy about Vietnam are displayed openly and without prejudice The book is ponderous in some spots do we really need to read a multi page assessment of journalist Marguerite Higgins which detracts from it Overall, I m glad I read it. This book had me hooked from the beginning and kept me hooked to the end I had heard of all these names, of course, but had no idea what they had gone through during those two years I had bought the accepted wisdom that the government and the military had had a policy of free access during the Vietnam War that was changed later because of all the trouble it caused I had no conception of how deeply the lying permeated the policy from the beginning Prochnau s writing style, although certainly This book had me hooked from the beginning and kept me hooked to the end I had heard of all these names, of course, but had no idea what they had gone through during those two years I had bought the accepted wisdom that the government and the military had had a policy of free access during the Vietnam War that was changed later because of all the trouble it caused I had no conception of how deeply the lying permeated the policy from the beginning Prochnau s writing style, although certainly idiosyncratic, enhanced his material, keeping pace with the rapid and tumultuous unfolding of events Unlike other reviewers I did not find that Prochnau hero worshiped his subjects Quite the opposite He showed the very human effects of constant work and anxiety, as well as the debilitating cost of calling out the lies and fear of an entire power structure I found it especially interesting that none of the reporters questioned the war, only how it was being waged Prochnau s extensive research tells a story from before the hawk dove divisions for which that conflict came to be known It isn t an easy story to read, but Prochnau makes it compelling Review posted at and Review posted at and If you liked David Halberstam s The Best and The Brightest or if you want to knowabout what happended to the US in Viet Nam, this is worth reading It is the history of the American press correspondents who reported from south Viet Nam in 1961 In addition to Halberstam, you meet a young Peter Arnett, Neil Sheehan, and many others Bottom line they all supported the idea of what the Americans were trying to accomplish in Veit Nam, but they accurately foresaw that the military, embassy, an If you liked David Halberstam s The Best and The Brightest or if you want to knowabout what happended to the US in Viet Nam, this is worth reading It is the history of the American press correspondents who reported from south Viet Nam in 1961 In addition to Halberstam, you meet a young Peter Arnett, Neil Sheehan, and many others Bottom line they all supported the idea of what the Americans were trying to accomplish in Veit Nam, but they accurately foresaw that the military, embassy, and CIA leaders were not facing up to the reality or the nature of this war, and that the government in Washington didn t want to really know what was going on They were given a very hard time, even by their own newspapers, for reporting what they saw.An interesting book, well written This would have a really fun book to write, if the ultimate outcome of what happened in the end weren t so tragic Great read for finding a different perspective of the Vietnam War something that s not from a military, policymaker, or cable news perspective , but it does have a weird pace The author spends a lot of time on 1963, but rushes through most of the prior foreign interventions. I was a teenager in Canada when the war in Vietnam was first in the news and had a very vague idea what was going on beyond a undefined idea that the war was BAD This book tells the story of the early years of the war through the stories of a group of young journalists.I read David Halberstam s THE COLDEST WINTER his history of the Korean War but I had no idea of his role in this story and his place in the history of American journalism I am pretty sure I sought out his book after readin I was a teenager in Canada when the war in Vietnam was first in the news and had a very vague idea what was going on beyond a undefined idea that the war was BAD This book tells the story of the early years of the war through the stories of a group of young journalists.I read David Halberstam s THE COLDEST WINTER his history of the Korean War but I had no idea of his role in this story and his place in the history of American journalism I am pretty sure I sought out his book after reading about it in a laudatory mention in one of Mary McGrory s columns I say pretty sure because McGrory was a big JFK fan and picture that we get in this book the superstar president and his advisors is far from flattering.A very big cast of characters in a very complicated story, but well told and compelling.An inter library loan I pretty much read this in one sitting which took the better part of a weekend Good history journalism grips me and it doesn t matter a whit that I know the outcome at the outset Lots of details on characters I had little familiarity with Of particular note was JFK s nixonian response to the work of a small group of intrepid youngsters working under very difficult conditions I didn t think the lies began until LBJ Vietnam was a war doomed from the start and it is remarkable how similar th I pretty much read this in one sitting which took the better part of a weekend Good history journalism grips me and it doesn t matter a whit that I know the outcome at the outset Lots of details on characters I had little familiarity with Of particular note was JFK s nixonian response to the work of a small group of intrepid youngsters working under very difficult conditions I didn t think the lies began until LBJ Vietnam was a war doomed from the start and it is remarkable how similar the Bush wars were to this Prochnau doesn t present anyone as wholly blameless, particularly Halberstam, and it is startling to be reminded that most of the press working in Vietnam at that time did not question the war itself, only the way it was being waged I would have given this five stars but feared my enthusiasm as a former reporter given the chance to wallow in that old machismo world with its in jokes, apocryphal tales, stupid daring and balls out reporting and writing was leading me to give the bookcredit than it deserved It s often said reporters of my generation the one following Halberstam, Sheehan, Arnett et al were inspired by Watergate Well, yes, but also by the men whose Vietnam stories we read in the paper and whom we watch I would have given this five stars but feared my enthusiasm as a former reporter given the chance to wallow in that old machismo world with its in jokes, apocryphal tales, stupid daring and balls out reporting and writing was leading me to give the bookcredit than it deserved It s often said reporters of my generation the one following Halberstam, Sheehan, Arnett et al were inspired by Watergate Well, yes, but also by the men whose Vietnam stories we read in the paper and whom we watched on TV and who were held up as exemplary in our j school classes The righteousness of journalism in the 60s and 70s was at the heart of that golden time Glad I was there, in my very tiny way One of the few books I ve ever abandoned due to boredom I still gave it two stars as it starts well and is very interesting for about the first half Paints exoticism of VietNam vividly in early chapters during build up to war Folly of US policies is evident and the fact that they are repeating many of the same mistakes over and over in Iraq and elsewhere is depressing Prochnau descends into hero worship of the journalists as the book progresses and it starts to read like a fanzine You ve go One of the few books I ve ever abandoned due to boredom I still gave it two stars as it starts well and is very interesting for about the first half Paints exoticism of VietNam vividly in early chapters during build up to war Folly of US policies is evident and the fact that they are repeating many of the same mistakes over and over in Iraq and elsewhere is depressing Prochnau descends into hero worship of the journalists as the book progresses and it starts to read like a fanzine You ve got to acknowledge that they worked harder than the embedded dispersers of propaganda that masquerade as war reporters today but the gushing praise from Prochnau is over the top