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How do you build a monument to a war that was more tragic than triumphant? James Reston, Jr. discusses the controversy surrounding Maya Lin’s winning design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and also describes how veterans’ views on the memorial have evolved over time. He chronicles these stories and more in his new book, A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial, which provides the focus for this episode of Wilson Center NOW.


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