Episode 2802 – The Ultimate Protest book analyzed

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Episode 2802 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a discussion about the book The Ultimate Protest. The author Ray Boomhower, Andy Pham’s and notable author Charles Trueheart will provide a complete review of this book about an important aspect of the War in Vietnam..

. Ray E. Boomhower is a senior editor at the Indiana Historical Society Press. He is also the author of more than a dozen books, including The Ultimate Protest: Malcolm W. Browne, Thich Quang Duc, and the News Photograph That Stunned the World (UNM Press). Charles Trueheart is a former Washington Post reporter who grew up amid the events that traumatized two families and an entire nation.

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The Ultimate Protest: Malcolm W. Browne, Thich Quang Duc, and the News Photograph That Stunned the World examines how the most unlikely of war correspondents, Malcolm W. Browne, became the only Western reporter to capture Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc’s horrific self-immolation on June 11, 1963. Quang Duc made his ultimate sacrifice to protest the perceived anti-Buddhist policies of the Catholic-dominated administration of South Vietnam’s president Ngo Dinh Diem.

Biographer Ray E. Boomhower’s The Ultimate Protest explores the background of the Buddhist crisis in South Vietnam in the spring of 1963 that led to Quang Duc’s self-sacrifice as well as the worldwide reaction to Browne’s photograph, how it affected American policy toward Diem’s government, and the role the image played in the violent coup on November 1, 1963, that deposed Diem and led to his assassination.

The book also delves into the dynamics involved in covering the Vietnam War in the early days of the American presence and the pressures placed on the journalists to stop raising doubts about how the war was going.

Listen to episode 2802 and discover more about the book The Ultimate Protest. The author Ray Boomhower, Andy Pham’s and notable author Charles Trueheart will provide a complete review of this book about an important aspect of the War in Vietnam.

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