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Virtual JFK : Vietnam if Kennedy had lived

Author: Koji MasutaniJames G BlightJanet M LangDavid A WelchSven Kahn Films.All authors
Publisher: [Providence, R.I.?] : Sven Kahn Films ; Oley, Pa. : Distributed by Bullfrog Films, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English : Anamorphic fomatView all editions and formats
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"Does it matter who is President of the United States when it comes to issues of war and peace? It explores this question by investigating one of the most debated "what if" scenarios in the history of U.S. foreign policy: What would President John F. Kennedy have done in Vietnam if he had not been assassinated in 1963, and had he been re-elected in 1964? The film employs what Harvard historian Niall Ferguson calls  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Historical films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Named Person: John F Kennedy; Lyndon B Johnson
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Koji Masutani; James G Blight; Janet M Lang; David A Welch; Sven Kahn Films.; Bullfrog Films.
ISBN: 1594588716 9781594588716
OCLC Number: 325134608
Language Note: Optional English. With optional subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH).
Notes: The following film is the film companion to the book: Virtual JFK: Vietnam if Kennedy had lived / by James G. Blight, Janet M. Lang, David A. Welch.
Extras: theatrical trailer, Lyndon Johnson on resumption of the bombing of North Vietnam 1/31/66, Lyndon Johnson State of the Union address 1/10/67, Lyndon Johnson on the resumption of the bombing of North Vietnam 3/31/68.
Credits: Cinematography, Edward Huff, Koji Masutani, Curt Worden ; David A. Welch, Koji Masutani ; original music, Joshua Kern.
Performer(s): Narrator, James Blight.
Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 80 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Contents: The Cold War --
Kennedy's habit --
Bay of Pigs crisis I --
Bay of Pigs crisis II --
Laos crisis --
Berlin crisis --
Showdown over Vietnam --
Cuban Missile Crisis I --
Cuban missile Crisis II --
The withdrawal --
Kennedy's assassination --
Vietnam War --
Enter Lyndon Johnson --
Enter Hubert Humphrey --
Johnson on Humphrey --
Framing Vietnam.
Other Titles: Virtual John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Vietnam if Kennedy had lived
Responsibility: Bullfrog Films presents ; a film by Koji Masutani ; Sven Kahn Films ; writer, producer, editor and director, Koji Masutani [and others].

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"Does it matter who is President of the United States when it comes to issues of war and peace? It explores this question by investigating one of the most debated "what if" scenarios in the history of U.S. foreign policy: What would President John F. Kennedy have done in Vietnam if he had not been assassinated in 1963, and had he been re-elected in 1964? The film employs what Harvard historian Niall Ferguson calls "virtual history," assessing the plausibility of counterfactuals--"what ifs"--The outcomes they might have produced. Drawing on unusual archival footage from presidential libraries and the National Archives, along with newly deciphered audio tapes and other documentary evidence, the film draws our attention to six highly charged crises Kennedy faced in which many, or most, of his advisers counseled war: The Bay of Pigs, The Laos Crisis, the Berlin Crisis, the Showdown over Vietnam, The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Withdrawal from Vietnam"--Container.

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Virtual JFK: Vietnam if Kennedy had Lived

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Virtual JFK is a companion to the book titled Vietnam if Kennedy had Lived.

Brown University professor James G. Blight begins by raising the question of the subtitle, Vietnam if Kennedy had Lived. To ask at this point is an exercise in what historians call counterfactual...
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