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'The Vietnam War': Inside Ken Burns' 18-Hour Doc on the Era-Defining Conflict

'The Vietnam War': Inside Ken Burns' 18-Hour Doc on the Era-Defining Conflict

There's a moment in Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's new PBS miniseries, The Vietnam War, in which a Vietnamese woman – what they call a "hero mother" – talks about losing eight brothers and two sons to ground combat and bombings. It's the sort of devastating testimonial about the personal toll of conflict that you might see in any war doc. But this grieving woman was also a Viet Cong soldier, one of dozens of North Vietnamese citizens Burns and Novick interviewed for the film – and when she mournfully describes losing

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