TV Reporting: Men at War: A French View

The U.S. war in Viet Nam is a helicopter crashing at takeoff. It is soldiers wolfing food in the drenching rain, a Viet Cong guerrilla surrendering. War is the American foot soldier splurging his pay on Saigon girls, the monotony of patrols, death in a field. But as coldly treated by France's official TV network, the war has been only a misbegotten adventure carried out by a nation too naive to learn from the superior experience of a wiser country.

Until now, that is. All these human vignettes, and many more, are part...

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