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Dr. Lewis Sorley, is a retired Lt. Col., U.S. Army, a Viet Nam veteran, the author of A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America’s Last Years in Vietnam and biographies of Generals Abrams, Harold K. Johnson, and Westmoreland. He also served in the Central Intelligence Agency, '76-'83.
During a panel discussion on the PBS series at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Vietnam veteran and historian Lewis Sorley said that Burns was “profoundly wrong,” referenced the Burns comment at the Newseum preview that “You can find no overtly redeeming qualities of the Vietnam War” and Burns referring disparagingly to what he called Americans’ “puffed-up sense of exceptionalism.” Sorley observed that clearly Burns does not much like America, and that that attitude permeated every aspect of the broadcast.
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