Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived

2008
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Release Date: September 17, 2008
Summary: Virtual JFK investigates 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 resulting film employs what Harvard historian Niall Ferguson calls “virtual history,”Virtual JFK investigates 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 resulting film employs what Harvard historian Niall Ferguson calls “virtual history,” assessing the plausibility of counterfactuals—“what ifs”—and the outcomes they might have produced. The film-makers use of an array of resources including recently declassified and never-before-seen archival footage, documents, and audio tapes, and testimony form a critical oral history conference including Kennedy and Johnson administration officials. The heart of the film deals with the question: Does it matter who is president on issues of war and peace? (Global Media Project) Expand
Director: Koji Masutani
Genre(s): Documentary
Runtime: 80 min
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