Wednesday, 27 June 2018 23:44

Tom Hanks and 1968

Written by James DiEugenio
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A thoroughly mediocre rendering of a tumultuous year. Mediocre in every way, including aesthetically, concludes Jim DiEugenio.

Listen to the interview with David Giglio (Our Hidden History)

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 21:49

CNN Disservices History –– American Dynasties: The Kennedys

Written by James DiEugenio
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Jim DiEugenio reveals what CNN had to cover up about JFK and RFK in order to make this six-part series.

Listen to the interview with David Giglio (Our Hidden History)

Monday, 11 June 2018 21:04

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family

Written by Edward Curtin
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As reviewer Edward Curtin opines:  when a truthful, beautifully written and moving book published by a major house is shunned by mainstream book reviewers, one can fairly well guess the book has touched a sore spot which the corporate media would prefer not to expose to the public.  So it is with this courageous memoir by RFK's son and namesake.

Friday, 09 February 2018 00:06

John Allen Stern, C.D. Jackson: Cold War Propagandist for Democracy and Globalism

Written by Michael Le Flem
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Michael Le Flem finds this brief book on one of the most important figures in the history of United States psychological warfare and propaganda, Time-Life managing director C.D. Jackson, an engaging, nuanced and timely addition to Cold War historiography.

Friday, 15 December 2017 17:48

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg Mythologize the Washington Post

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As a corrective to yet another tendentious Hanks-Spielberg historical rewrite, Jim DiEugenio provides a review of past work which puts The Washington Post in a more accurate perspective.

See now "The Post and the Pentagon Papers" at Consortium News.

Saturday, 14 October 2017 22:37

Ken Burns & Lynn Novick, The Vietnam War: Part Four (The Nixon Years)

Written by James DiEugenio
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The best evidence for the triumph of neoconservatism, including over PBS, is to compare the 1983 series, Vietnam: A Television History, with the Burns/Novick version. The former is more honest, more hard-hitting, and more complete on the facts of the war. In a very real way, that comparison tells us how the Nixon/Kissinger view of Vietnam and the world eventually eclipsed JFK's, concludes Jim DiEugenio.

Friday, 06 October 2017 00:37

Ken Burns & Lynn Novick, The Vietnam War: Part Three (The Johnson Years)

Written by James DiEugenio
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As depicted in Athens or at the Globe Theater, with tragedy there is always an element of both rage and violence. Johnson assiduously worked to spring his own trap on himself. And that is what is missing from this film, writes Jim DiEugenio.

Thursday, 28 September 2017 21:24

Ken Burns & Lynn Novick, The Vietnam War: Part Two

Written by James DiEugenio
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With their defense of the Dulles brothers as “decent people” in Part One, the disappearance of Kennedy’s withdrawal plan and the championing of Vann and Sheehan in Part Two, so far the net value of this documentary is something less than zero, writes Jim DiEugenio.

Sunday, 24 September 2017 15:28

Ken Burns & Lynn Novick, The Vietnam War: Part One

Written by James DiEugenio
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How can one tell the story of American involvement in Vietnam without mentioning the Dulles brothers or General Edward Lansdale? With a full 18 hours at one’s disposal, I would have thought such a thing would be impossible. Yet with Burns and Novick, the impossible becomes the possible, writes Jim DiEugenio.

Sunday, 20 August 2017 10:34

Nicholas Schou, Spooked: How the CIA Manipulates the Media and Hoodwinks Hollywood

Written by Joseph E. Green
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If you’re looking for a short overview of important aspects of journalism and the government, there is good information here. It just doesn’t really live up to the title and subtitle, writes Joseph Green.

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