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A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial
  

A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial (Audio CD / Audio, Unabridged)

By Reston, James
Narrator Cummings, Jeff

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A Distinguished and Bestselling Historian and Vietnam Vet Revisits the Culture War that Raged around the Selection of Maya Lin's Design for the Vietnam Memorial A Rift in the Earth tells the remarkable story of the ferocious art war that raged between 1979 and 1984 over what kind... read full description below.

ISBN 9781543654998
Barcode 9781543654998
Published 17 October 2017 by Brilliance Audio
Format Audio CD/Audio, Unabridged
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ISBN-13 9781543654998
ISBN-10 1543654991
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Publisher Brilliance Audio
Imprint Brilliance Audio
Publication Date 17 October 2017
Publication Country
Format Audio CD/Audio, Unabridged
Edition Unabridged
Author(s) By Reston, James
Narrator Cummings, Jeff
Category Audio / Visual (Audio books, Music, DVDs, CDROMs)
History of Art
Art Styles: C 1960 -
Individual Artists
Architecture
Memorials, Monuments
Biography & Autobiography: Film, Television, Music, Theatre
Asian history: Vietnam War
American history: Vietnam War
Military History
Battles & Campaigns
Number of Pages Not specified
Dimensions Width: 165mm
Height: 140mm
Spine: 19mm
Weight 177g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Architecture
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
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A Distinguished and Bestselling Historian and Vietnam Vet Revisits the Culture War that Raged around the Selection of Maya Lin's Design for the Vietnam Memorial A Rift in the Earth tells the remarkable story of the ferocious art war that raged between 1979 and 1984 over what kind of memorial should be built to honor the men and women who died in the Vietnam War. The story intertwines art, politics, historical memory, patriotism, racism, and a fascinating set of characters, from those who fought in the conflict and those who resisted it to politicians at the highest level. At its center are two enduring figures: Maya Lin, a young, Asian-American architecture student at Yale whose abstract design won the international competition but triggered a fierce backlash among powerful figures; and Frederick Hart, an innovative sculptor of humble origins on the cusp of stardom. James Reston, Jr., a veteran who lost a close friend in the war and has written incisively about the conflict's bitter aftermath, explores how the debate reignited passions around Vietnam long after the war's end and raised questions about how best to honor those who fought and sacrificed in an ill-advised war. The memorial appears as a rift in the earth, a long polished black stone wall, emerging from and receding into the earth. --Maya Lin I see the wall as a kind of ocean, a sea of sacrifice.... I place these figures upon the shore of that sea. --Frederick Hart

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