As Pete Hamill notes, “Say the word ‘Vietnam’ to most people of a certain age; the image that rises is usually a photograph. An A.P. photograph.”
To cover the Vietnam war, the Associated Press gathered a group of superb photojournalists in Saigon, creating one of the most remarkable photographic legacies of the twentieth century. Join the great war correspondent Peter Arnett, veteran combat reporter Kimberly Dozier, author Pete Hamill and other guests to look at these images of the war, which are collected in the new book Vietnam: The Real War (Abrams), that left so deep and lasting an impression on American life.
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Peter Arnett spent 20 years as a reporter for The Associated Press, including 13 years in Vietnam—from the buildup of U.S. military advisers in the early 1960s to the fall of Saigon in 1975. He earned a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1966. He joined the fledgling CNN in 1981, winning an Emmy Award for his live television reporting from Baghdad during the first Gulf War in 1991. He reported for CNN from hot spots around the world for more than 18 years and did the first TV interview with Osama Bin Laden, in March, 1997, in a cave in the terrorist stronghold of Tora Bora. Arnett’s autobiography, Live from the Battlefield, was published by Simon & Schuster in 1994.
Kimberly Dozier writes for The Associated Press about intelligence and special operations, focusing on Washington policy, with trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan. From 1993-2010, Dozier was a CBS News correspondent, covering conflicts from Iraq to Afghanistan, Israel and the Palestinian territories, to Kosovo and Northern Ireland. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and author of Breathing the Fire, Fighting to Survive and Get Back to the Fight, about the car bomb that hit her CBS News team and the army patrol they were following in Baghdad in 2006. Author’s profits from the paperback & e-book go to charities for the combat injured.
Pete Hamill is a journalist, novelist and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. His career as a newspaperman spanned decades, beginning in 1960 at the New York Post, where he later became a columnist, a role that led him to cover the Vietnam War. He also worked as a columnist at the Daily News, the Village Voice and New York Newsday. He served briefly as editor of the Post, and later as editor-in-chief of the Daily News. His longer journalistic work has appeared in New York magazine, The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy and Rolling Stone. He has covered politics, the underclass, boxing, baseball, art and music (even winning a 1975 Grammy Award for Best Liner Notes, for Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks). Most of Hamill’s fiction is set in his native New York, including the novels Snow in August and Tabloid City. His best-selling memoir, A Drinking Life, chronicled his journey from childhood into his thirties, his embrace of drinking and the decision to abandon it. His many honors include the George Polk Career Award, announced recently by Long Island University. He wrote the introduction to The Associated Press’ photographic history, Vietnam: The Real War, published in October by Abrams Books.