Shooting Vietnam (Hardback)
The War By Its Military Photographers
As seen in The Sun, July 2019: 'Battle fatigue: New collection of Vietnam War images that pressured politicians to end the brutal conflict'
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What was it like to be a military combat photographer in the most photographed war in history — the Vietnam War? “Shooting Vietnam” takes you there as you read the firsthand accounts and view the hundreds of photographs by men who lived the war through the lens of a camera. They documented everything from the horror of combat to the people and culture of a land they suddenly found themselves immersed in. Some even juggled cameras with rifles and grenade launchers as they fought to survive while carrying out their assignments to record the war. “Shooting Vietnam” also finally brings recognition to these unheralded military combat photographers in Vietnam that documented the brutal, unpopular, and futile war.
Firsthand accounts and photographs by military photographers in Vietnam from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, “Shooting Vietnam” puts the reader right alongside these men as they struggle to document the war and stay alive while doing it — although some didn’t survive. The cameras around their necks often shared space with a rifle or grenade launcher that enabled them to stay alive while performing their assigned military duties, killing, if necessary, to survive.
Often, during a brief respite from trudging through swamps and rice paddies or jumping from a chopper into a hot landing zone, they would wander the streets of villages or even downtown Saigon, curiously photographing a people and a culture so strange and different to them. It is these photographs, of a kinder, more personal nature, removed from the horror and death of war that they also share with the reader.
The accounts in this book come from young men thrust into a conflict half way around the world, and all who had their own unique perspective on the war. Some were seasoned photographers before the military, others had only recently held a camera for the first time.
This is an extraordinary book that delves I to the overlooked role of the combat photographer in Vietnam.Amazon Customer, Richard Domoney-Saunders
Detailed text goes alongside the writing describing what these people went through to document the war in Vietnam and it raised some surprises because of the often overlooked role.
Any scholar of the Vietnam war should have this amazing book in their collection.
This book has possibly drawn me more into the Vietnam War than any other coverage the war received; I even remember as a young child seeing stories on the news about the Vietnam War and these by far surpass them. The way this is presented drew me in to the lives of the men covering the war in their own way and viewing things in some cases that the military would rather have not occurred and certainly not documented. I cannot recommend this book highly enough to anyone who wishes to see the Vietnam War from so many viewpoints that it will make you question what you thought you knew.Armorama
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This is an at times difficult book to read, but it is essential stuff. It is a book by war photographers who were also soldiers and it offers a different vibe as a consequence. I am really pleased to have read it and have no hesitation in recommending it.War History Online, Mark Barnes
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Article: 'Images from a war zone: military photographers and the Vietnam War' as featured byInsideOver, 10th October 2019 – words by Linda Roland Danil
The combat photographers whose stories are told in this book occupy a unique place in the history of the war, both chronicling and participating in some of the major actions of the war while trying to capture the essence of life for the average GI.New York Journal of Books
Shooting Vietnam‘s importance lies in its examination and explanations of duties about which I had limited knowledge. I suspect many readers will feel the same.The VVA Veteran
The book is enlightening.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, January Gray
A must read. This is not just a great read, it is a journey and I cannot recommend it enough! As the daughter of a Vietnam Vet, it touched me in many ways.
This is a well told story about before, during and after the time spent in Vietnam. I got to know a new side of the troops involved and got to see some great pictures. For fans of military history I really recommend this work.NetGalley, Mikael Sandeberg
Shooting Vietnam is a interesting and informative book. It is well written and emotional. The author really takes us into the story and we get the since of the emotional impact.NetGalley, Heather Bennett
Brutal photographs that helped to end the Vietnam war: The gruesome images captured by military photographers that pressured politicians to end the campaignMail Online 9/7/19
Graphic pictures snapped of atrocious war crimes by US soldiers and demoralising images depicting the grim reality of the battlefield provoked the end of the conflict, say tormented US forces photographers who captured them.The Sun 9/7/19