1: “Déjà Vu” (1858-1961)
After a long and brutal war, Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial occupation. With the Cold War intensifying, Vietnam is divided in two at Geneva.
2: “Riding the Tiger” (1961-1963)
President Kennedy inspires idealistic young Americans to serve their country and wrestles with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam.
3: “The River Styx” (January 1964-December 1965)
With South Vietnam in chaos, hardliners in Hanoi seize the initiative and send combat troops to the south, accelerating the insurgency.
4: “Resolve” (January 1966-June 1967)
North Vietnamese troops stream down the Ho Chi Minh Trail and an antiwar movement builds at home.
5: “This Is What We Do” (July 1967-December 1967)
Enemy body counts and American casualties mount as GIs chase an elusive foe and face deadly ambushes.
6: “Things Fall Apart” (January 1968-July 1968)
The brutality of the Tet Offensive unfolds on television. President Johnson decides not to run again.
7: “The Veneer of Civilization” (June 1968-May 1969)
America is at odds over the war. Soldiers on all sides witness savagery and unflinching courage.
8: “The History of the World” (April 1969-May 1970)
When American troop withdrawals begin, soldiers left in Vietnam ask what they are fighting for.
9: “A Disrespectful Loyalty” (May 1970-March 1973)
President Nixon strikes a peace deal with Hanoi that allows American prisoners of war to come home.
10: “The Weight of Memory” (March 1973-Onward)
For the next 40 years, Americans and Vietnamese from all sides search for healing and reconciliation.