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Smith, Martin 1939-

Works: 147 works in 216 publications in 1 language and 7,065 library holdings
Genres: History  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Television mini-series  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Historical television programs  Personal narratives 
Roles: Producer, Author of screenplay, Director, Actor
Classifications: DS557.5, 959.7043
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Martin Smith
Vietnam a television history ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1983 and 2004 in English and held by 1,622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is a multi-part series on the Vietnam conflict, covering the history of Indochina, the French wars, and United States involvement, using actual film footage from news and government archives
Cold War by Jeremy Isaacs( Visual )
7 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Documentary series which examines the Cold War and its influence on history, culture, technology, economics, and the modern psyche
Perilous fight America's World War II in color ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This DVD brings America's wartime experience, on the battlefield and at home, vividly and intimately to life. The series combines original color film footage with compelling passages from diaries and letters written by people who were part of an unforgettable period of history."
Cold War ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A sweeping look at nearly five decades of global history, a crystallization of a massive, three-year-long effort helmed by award-winning documentarian Jeremy Isaacs (The World at War). Isaacs's team shot more than 1,000 hours of original footage and gathered archival footage from all over the world to include historically important, and often emotionally stunning, images, many never before seen by an international audience
WWII, the lost color archives ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shows newly discovered color footage from World War 2: the events that led up to the outbreak of war in Europe, through the German Blitzkrieg and Pearl Harbor, the days before the D-Day invasion, the skies over Germany, the jungles of the Pacific and the seas of the North Atlantic, the D-Day invasion, V-E Day in London and ground zero in Japan
The fall of Saigon ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Peace is at hand": While American and Vietnamese soldiers continued to clash in battle, diplomats in Paris argued about making peace. "Homefront USA": Through troubled years of controversy and violence, U.S. casualties mounted, victory remained elusive, and American opinion moved from general approval to general dissatisfaction with the Vietnam War. "The end of the tunnel": On April 29, 1975 - 10 years after America had committed ground combat troops to Vietnam and two years after a cease-fire agreement had failed to stop the fighting - North Vietnamese communists toppled the South Vietnamese government in Saigon in a lightning offensive that startled the world
Target America ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the history of terrorist attacks against the United States by Islamic fundamentalists, beginning with the American Embassy workers taken hostage in Iran during Jimmy Carter's presidency. Looks at other incidents--the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, the killing of American soldiers in a Berlin nightclub, the downing of Pan Am 103, and the first attack on the World Trade Center. Discusses the American government's attempts to deal with these attacks, particularly focusing on the Reagan administration. Uncovers a long-standing division within the nation's security apparatus about how to deal with an enemy that has been targeting America and Americans for decades
Red Star the Soviet Union, 1941-1943 ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Russia's spirit of fight was incredible to her adversaries. With twenty million military and civilian casualities, she stood firm. One German officer tells of repulsing a Soviet attack in 35-degree-below zero weather: "The Soviet soldiers remained motionless about two hours lying in the snow, and in the evening they again attacked with the same spirit." Incredibly the Russians not only survived but went on to rout the Germans
Vietnam interview Co Thach Nguyen ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Foreign Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Nguyen Co Thach recalls life during the French colonial period. He describes his province of Nan Dinh as overcrowded and poor. Nguyen Co Thach recalls his days in the nationalist movement, which he joined shortly after he was released from prison in 1940. He talks about the hardest years he spent in the resistance, from 1947 until 1949, when the French began to close in on the resistance movement. Nguyen Co Thach also recalls his negotiations with Averell Harriman, his secret talks with Henry Kissinger, and the 1969 ceasefire proposal, which was rejected
Vietnam interview Robert Franco ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bob Franco was a lieutenant in command of a platoon in Vietnam. He talks about his arrival in Vietnam, learning the ropes, and being sent to a heavily land-mined area. He recounts not being able to move his men forward because of their panic at the sight of mines. He recalls ambushes and describes American drug use in-theater. He finishes by describing preparations for returning to civilian life, his reservations about being awarded a bronze star for valor, and his contention that soldiers had no idea what they were fighting for
Vietnam interview young Vietnamese boys ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Interview with two young Vietnamese boys, Hoang Van Dac and Dinh Xuan Ngoan. Two young Vietnamese boys recall the afternoon when the Americans sprayed chemicals. The first boy remembers being in school and the teacher herding the students into a shelter. He recalls the air raids that took place in 1969 and his house being burnt down twice. The second boy discusses how, since the end of the war, he is feeling happier and can concentrate on his studies and rebuilding the country. He also talks about the bombings and the effect it had on daily life
Cold War ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Episode 21: Spies. Early CIA attempts to penetrate the Iron Curtain are thwarted. The U.S. reacts with increasingly sophisticated technological intelligence--the U-2 spy-plane, satellite reconnaissance and electronic eavesdropping. Yet human spies remain important. Sometimes betrayers, sometimes betrayed, many spies pay with their lives
Cold War ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Episode 23: The Wall comes down. Incredibly quickly, the Soviet bloc is breaking up, virtually without bloodshed. First Poland, then Hungary, then East Germany slip away from communist control. Gorbachev makes no effort to hold them back with force. Amid scenes of jubilation, the hated Berlin Wall comes down
Cambodia and Laos ; Peace is at hand, 1968-1973 ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1987 and 1996 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
[1] Despite attempts to remain neutral, Cambodia and Laos are drawn into the war. American involvement begins in 1961 and continues through the resultant 1975 communist Khmer Rouge victory in Cambodia, which causes an estimated 2 million peasant refugees to endure starvation, terror and eventually slaughter --[2] While the fighting continues unabated, peace talks in Paris languish for four years without seeming to make any progress. On January 27, 1973, a treaty is signed, calling for an end to the war and release of American prisoners. The war stops momentarily, resumes quickly, and continues for more than two years
Cold War ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Comrades: Though ideological enemies, the Soviet Union and the United States are allies against Hitler during WWII. At the end of the war, Europe is divided, and the one-time allies now confront each other. Iron Curtain: The Soviet Union dominates Eastern Europe. Churchill warns of the consequences. Stalin insists that the governments of the Soviet Union's client states be pro-communist. Impoverished after the war, Great Britain opts out as a world power. The U.S. assumes the mantle of leadership. Marshall plan: The U.S. adopts the Truman doctrine, pledging to defend freedom worldwide. Sect. of State George Marshall plans to bolster economic recovery in Europe. Seeing this as a threat, Stalin forbids his satellites to participate--Container
Cold War ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Episode 11: Vietnam has been divided since the end of French colonial rule. The North is run by communists, the South by anti-communists. Ignoring warnings against involvement in a nationalist struggle, the United States commits its armed forces. American protests against the war mount as the U.S. begins to realize this is not a war it can win
Cold War ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Episode 6: Reds. Following Stalin's domination of Eastern Europe and the loss of China, American democracy falls victim to anti-communist hysteria, but survives it. Eisenhower is elected President. In the Soviet Union, Stalin reinforces the climate of terror on which his rule is based. When he dies in 1953, the Soviet people mourn the end of an era
Cold War ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Episode 17: Good guys, bad guys. The superpowers use surrogates to wage ideological and often physical conflict. In 1967 and 1973, American backed-Israel triumphs over Soviet-backed Egypt and Syria. In Africa, the Soviets exploit nationalist, anti-colonial struggles. The U.S. supports South Africa in its battle against communism
America takes charge, 1965-1967 ; America's enemy, 1954-1967 ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1987 and 1996 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Views the Vietnam War from different perspectives: Viet Cong guerillas and sympathizers; North Vietnamese leaders; and rank and file Americans and Americans held prisoner in North Vietnam
Vietnam, a television history ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Peace is at hand: Looks at how Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger worked to end the war in Vietnam from 1968 to 1973, increasing Vietnamization and troop withdrawal. Traces the course of the Paris Peace Talks from their inception to the final cease-fire agreement
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