Vietnam, Inc. Photographs and text by Philip Jones Griffiths. Collier Books, New York and Collier-Macmillan, London, 1971. 223 pp. Quarto. First edition. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Black-and-white reproductions.
The very scarce hardbound first issue of Griffiths' masterpiece (thought to number only 200), whose 1971 publication was crucial in changing public opinion toward the war in Vietnam.
"No photographer produced such finely subversive work, knowing that truth in war is always subversive."--from John Pilger's obituary, The New Statesman, March, 2008
"While critical of the way the United States was conducting the war, Mr. Griffiths also included in his book many humanizing images of American soldiers at a time when they were often being demonized back home."--from NY Times obituary
"Time Magazine called Vietnam, Inc. 'the best work of photo-reportage of war ever published", and The New Statesman wrote, 'Of all the hundreds of books about [the War,] this is the truest, the most important, the most upsetting.'"--Lens Culture
Griffiths produced one of the best photographic records of the Vietnam era, and established his reputation with this book. The images focus on the human costs of war and the destruction the war inflicted. He saw Vietnam as a "goldfish bowl where the values of American and Vietnamese can be observed, studied, and because of their contrasting nature, more easily appraised." For a comprehensive look at Vietnam, Inc. as well as interview with Jones Griffiths, visit the Musarium web site.
Trace of foxing to boards; a few tiny chips to jacket, crown and base of spine and upper corners of jacket(1/8"); faint creasing at crown; small tear (1/2") at joint near base.