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Discussing the Vietnam War With Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Ken Burns has already directed landmark documentaries on the Civil War and World War II, but the Vietnam War was a different challenge entirely. From the Vietnamese declaration of independence in 1945 to the fall of Saigon 30 years later, the war killed millions of civilians and combatants and left deep fissures in American society, creating cultural and political rifts that still divide the country.

In a TimesTalks event on Thursday, Mr. Burns and his co-director, Lynn Novick, along with the veteran and novelist Karl Marlantes and the Vietnamese-American memoirist Duong Van Mai Elliott, spoke about the war and its legacy with James Bennet, the editorial page editor of The New York Times.

A video of the conversation is below:

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