We Shot the War
We Shot the War

We Shot the War

Overseas Weekly in Vietnam

Edited by Lisa Nguyen


224 Pages, 11 x 9.5

Formats: Hardcover, ebook: PDF

Hardcover, $49.95 (US $49.95) (CA $66.95)

Publication Date: August 2018

ISBN 9780817921644

Price: $49.95


We Shot the War: Overseas Weekly in Vietnam examines the legacy of one of the most popular and eccentric newspapers to cover the Vietnam War. With its mix of hard-hitting military exposés, pinups, and comic strips, Overseas Weekly earned a reputation as a muckraking truth teller. Time magazine called it "the least popular publication at the Pentagon." From 1966 to 1972, the paper's reporters and photographers tackled controversial topics, including courts-martial, racial discrimination, drug use, and opposition to command. And they published some of the most intimate portraits of American GIs and Vietnamese civilians, taken with the specific purpose of documenting the daily life of individuals caught in the world's most grueling and disputed conflict. Through striking photographs and personal essays, We Shot the War brings viewers behind the viewfinders of photojournalists who covered the conflict and introduces readers to two extraordinary women: founder Marion von Rospach and Saigon office bureau chief Ann Bryan. Together, they fought for the right of women to report in combat zones and argued against media censorship. Foreword by Eric Wakin Contributors: Cynthia Copple, Art Greenspon, Don Hirst, Brent Procter


"The article discusses the "We Shot the War" exhibit and its accompanying book, in which some of the exhibited photographs are featured." —https://www.stanforddaily.com/2018/08/12/we-shot-the-war-overseas-weekly-in-vietnam-shows-the-person-behind-the-photo/

"The book was featured in the Lens section of The New York TImes, including showing several of its photos. The article tells the story of the book." —The New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/30/lens/forgotten-images-vietnam-war.html

"A feature on the book, including photos." —Military History Quarterly

"A feature article on the book." —The Stanford Daily, https://www.stanforddaily.com/2018/08/12/we-shot-the-war-overseas-weekly-in-vietnam-shows-the-person-behind-the-photo/

Hoover Institution press release for the book —https://www.hoover.org/press-releases/vietnam-war-through-eyes-remarkable-photo-archive-overseas-weekly-least-popular

Feature article on our book in Chilean newspaper (Spanish language) —La Tercera (Chile)

Author Biography

Lisa Nguyen is curator for digital scholarship and Asian initiatives at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and has served on the Cultural Property Working Group and Association of Research Libraries/SAA Mosaic Program. In 2011, she curated the exhibition A Century of Change, which received the Katherine Keyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Catalogue Award.