Cinema: The Tap...Tap Tap Of Courage

Two documentary films return to Vietnam to disclose powerful truths about honor--and grief

Vietnam was a long time ago, of course. The rage is all but gone, or mellowed to irony. Hanoi has a real Hanoi Hilton now, with a grand ballroom and a website. My Lai is a theme park.

But those who think of the war from time to time--how it tore America apart--remember it with a wincing clarity; Vietnam can be appallingly fresh in the mind. The other day I was shocked to talk to a young man who had no idea what the Tet offensive was. How could he not know?, I wondered, illogically. In those days (Tet was early...

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