Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)

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  • Kennedy inspires idealistic Americans to serve their country and wrestles with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam. As the autocratic Diem regime faces a communist insurgency and Buddhist protests, a political crisis unfolds.


  • Originally released by PBS, 2017.
  • Streaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Infobase on January 24, 2018.
  • Streaming video file.
  • Closed-captioned.


  • U.S. Involvement in Vietnam (3:41); War and Peace (3:04); Limited War (6:56); Stop the Growth of Communism (3:18); Strategic Hamlets and Outreach (4:58); Fighting Insurgency (5:44); Quantifying Efforts in Vietnam (4:01); Seeking Independence and Freedom (2:27); Killing vs. Conversion (5:23); Civil Rights Movement (2:07); Oppressive System (3:39); Cuban Missile Crisis (2:25); Battle of Ap Bac (11:12); Civil Strife (4:45); Pagoda Raids and Saigon Demonstrations (6:03); Military Coup in Saigon (6:32); Future of Saigon's Government (3:44); Credits: Riding the Tiger (1961-1963) (3:08)
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