The New York Times reporter who spent months in hiding analyzing the Pentagon Papers remembers how they broke the story.
After we published the Papers at the Washington Post, the Supreme Court decision in our favor has underpinned American freedom of the press.
Jan Scruggs fought on multiple fronts to build the Vietnam Memorial, which was once derided as a “black gash” and “Orwellian glop.” His work inspired a nation and helped bring Americans together.
CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite underwent a dramatic change of heart during the Vietnam War—and in doing so, changed the face of broadcast journalism
The late David Halberstam was a journalist, heart and soul, with a distinctive way of writing history
A magazine reporter covered the first American deaths in Vietnam, unaware that the soon-to-explode war would mark America’s awakening to maturity
How the U. S. military reinvented itself after Vietnam.
Viewing a transformation that still affects all of us—through the prism of a single year
The explosion at the Army Math Center blew in the window near my laboratory desk
A search begun in a Washington, D.C., boardinghouse 140 years ago continues today as a $100-million-a-year effort to reunite the U.S. military and American families with their missing soldiers
Forty years ago the USS Maddox fought the first battle of America’s longest war. How it happened—and even if it happened—are still fiercely debated.
Powered flight was born exactly one hundred years ago. It changed everything, of course—but most of all, it changed how we wage war.
How a patch of ground forged a man’s future, stole a part of his soul, and gave it back to him 30 years later
A historian argues that in Vietnam America’s cause was just, its arms effective, and its efforts undermined critics back home—and that this is how things must work in a free society
A tantalizing archival discovery suggests the perils of historical evidence
FOR MORE THAN A DECADE NOW, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS HAVE BEEN LEAVING LETTERS AND SNAPSHOTS, CIGARETTES AND CLOTHING AND BEER FOR THEIR FRIENDS, LOVERS, AND PARENTS WHO NEVER MADE IT BACK FROM VIETNAM
A scholar searches across two centuries to discover the main engine of our government’s growth—and reaches a controversial conclusion
Jan Wollett found herself on the last flight of refugees out of a crumbling Da Nang in 1975
The “loser decade” that at first seemed nothing more than a breathing space between the high drama of the 1960s and whatever was coming next is beginning to reveal itself as a bigger time than we thought
A civilian adventurer gave us the best artist’s record of America in Vietnam.
He didn’t want the job but felt he should do it. For the first time, the soldier who tracked down the My Lai story for the office of the inspector general in 1969 tells what it was like to do some of this era’s grimmest detective work.
That was the question an Oklahoma high school teacher sent out in a handwritten note to men and women who had been prominent movers or observers during the Vietnam War. Politicians and journalists and generals and combat veterans answered him. Secretaries of Defense answered him. Presidents answered him. Taken together, the answers form a powerful and moving record of the national conscience.