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Remember Stanley Karnow’s “Vietnam”?

Seeing that historian Stanley Karnow had died reminded me of his PBS documentary series on the war in Vietnam 30 years ago.

Opinions varied. But I found it riveting.

In fact, I still remember being on a cross-country drive during the time of its original airing. Not wanting to take a chance on missing that week's installment, I pulled off the road way early. I found a motel certain to have a decent selection of TV channels and proceeded to ensconce myself in front of the set.

Sure, the Ken Burns Civil War series was great. No question.

But Karnow's Vietnam epic was like hearing sirens headed toward a wreck that just happened. 

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