Mission Failure: The Burns & Novick "The Vietnam War" Misses its Target

by Mackubin Thomas Owens  |  October 17, 2017  |  ARTICLES

Watching the Ken Burns-Lynn Novick PBS series on the Vietnam War put me in mind of a memorable essay that Jim Webb-Vietnam war hero, novelist, secretary of the Navy under Ronald Reagan, and most recently Democratic senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia-penned for the American Enterprise Institute seventeen years ago. In this remarkable piece, he called into question the popular idea of a "Vietnam generation."

Webb noted that those who came of age during that war are more properly regarded not as a generation but as an age group, permanently divided by different reactions to a whole range of counter-cultural agendas, most importantly the personal ramifications of the war itself.

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Part II of this review may be found here.