On NPR’s Here and Now, our colleague Ed Miller examined the significance of President Kennedy’s assassination in the context of the Vietnam War and speculated on its course had JFK lived. Audio of the interview and a transcript can be found here; the link also offers excerpts from Ed’s new book, Misalliance: Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and the Fate of South Vietnam (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2013). Miller’s op-ed in the New York Daily News, Remember Diem’s downfall: Learning lessons from the death, 50 years ago this month, of South Vietnam’s founding leader, is here.
Giving thanks to history with a small “h” today, or with a small “m”, to microhistory, small-scale history of the mundane and the marginal, the common and the weird, beautifully rendered in this short documentary, courtesy of Errol Morris and the New York Times Online: The-umbrella-man.html