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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Another Vietnam for showing us the
wholesale slaughter of Vietnamese civilians brought on by our high-
altitude B-52 bombers and our napalm dropping fighter-bombers.
It also shows us the courage and resolution of the Vietnamese
people to never give in to American Military Imperialism.

Another Vietnam
Pictures of The War from The Other Side

Another Vietnam by Tim Page (2002) - 240 pages
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Often described as the first "television war," the Vietnam conflict was defined - and shaped - by cameras and the bold, gifted photographers behind them. Our memories of Vietnam and literally graphic - a Buddhist monk setting himself on fire, a war-weary grunt with a thousand-yard stare, a napalmed child fleeing her flaming village, desperate refugees clinging to the skids of the last helicopter out of Saigon. These and a hundred other images are seared into our consciousness-but a very different viewpoint appears in this vision of three decades of war in Vietnam.

Another Vietnam presents the view of the North Vietnamese combat photographers who documented their people's 30-year struggle, first against the French and then against the Americans. Intended above all to inspire, their pictures portray a society committed to victory at all costs, but they are much more than mere propaganda: They show us courage, drama, resolve, and - often - a violent beauty.

Pictures editor Doug Niven sought out surviving photographers and discovered a treasure trove of images created under the harshest of conditions and preserved for a quarter century against all odds. Author Tim Page, who photographed the Vietnam War for the Western press, met the men who were his opposite numbers and listened to their stories. Where Western photographers had the most modern equipment and facilities, the Vietnamese worked with cumbersome cameras, some dating back to the 1930s. Each roll of film was precious, so scarce that one cameraman shot only 70 pictures in the course of the entire war. Using home-brewed chemicals, they developed their pictures in the open air or in underground tunnels, under constant threat of B-52 strikes. And in their recollections as much as in their photographs, we see a war utterly unlike the one we thought we knew.

North Vietnamese regulars charge into action and weary guerrillas manhandle bicycles for hundreds of miles down the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Woman and children clear rubble in the ruins of Hanoi, and men learn to shoot down helicopters with single-shot rifles. Another Vietnam is dramatic testimony to the resourcefulness and resolve of a handful of gifted photographers who took what little they had to work with and turned it into art.

Tim Page, British combat photographer, won worldwide acclaim for his photographs of the Vietnam War. Just 18 when he first covered the conflict, he is a striking presence in Michael Herr's Dispatches. He was wounded several times during the war, once almost fatally.

Page's work has received numerous awards and has been the subject of several books and films. His books include Tim Page's Nam, Sri Lanka, Ten Years After: Vietnam Today, Page after Page, and Mid-Term Report. He also co-edited with Horst Faas the award-winning book Requiem, which featured the work of all the photographers killed during the Indochinese wars between 1945 and 1975.

Doug Niven worked as a photographer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for Agence France-Press from 1992-95. In 1996 he was co-editor of The Killing Fields, which won the International Center of Photography's Infinity Award for Best Publication. He also served as associate producer of the National Geographic documentary Vietnam's Unseen War: Pictures from the Other Side. He currently resides in Santa Cruz, California.

Henry Allen is a Marine veteran of Vietnam and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his photography criticism. He is an editor and writer at The Washington Post. His latest book is What It Felt Like - Living in the American Century. Allen lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.

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Another Vietnam
Pictures of The War from The Other Side

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Another Vietnam for showing us the
wholesale slaughter of Vietnamese civilians brought on by our high-
altitude B-52 bombers and our napalm dropping fighter-bombers.
It also shows us the courage and resolution of the Vietnamese
people to never give in to American Military Imperialism.