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By permission of David Hume Kennerly, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer

This remarkable photo — taken for UPI in 1972 by David Hume Kennerly, who won the Pulitzer Prize at age 25, and later was White House photog for Gerald Ford — shows an American G.I. on patrol in the rocket belt outside Da Nang, Vietnam. It hasn't been published before, but David kindly shared it with Axios readers.

A massive gallery of Kennerly's Vietnam-era masterpieces — from the home front, to the battlefront, to the war's final days — filled the Kennedy Center lobby during a D.C. screening of "The Vietnam War," an 18-hour documentary series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that premieres tonight at 8 on PBS.

Burns, acclaimed for historical documentaries including "The Civil War," appeared onstage with three Vietnam veterans: Sen. John McCain, former SecState John Kerry and former SecDef Chuck Hagel.

Burns told the crowd that in the individual stories of Vietnam, he saw the "possibility for redemption and transcendence and even reconciliation."

  • "The study of history has a way of making you an optimist."
  • "It is possible to take from the Vietnam War – the seemingly irredeemable story – extraordinary lessons that we can transform ourselves, through effort and acts of citizenship, into something that can make us better."
  • Burns called the film, a decade in the making, "the most challenging, and therefore the most satisfying professional experience in my life."
By permission of David Hume Kennerly, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer

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  • About the film.
  • Jon Meacham on "My Father's Vietnam," with a color photo of Jere Meacham on patrol in Vietnam with other members of the U.S. Army's Fourth Infantry Division. He sent the images to his son in 1999.

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Biden's "overwhelming force" doctrine

President-elect Biden arrives to introduce his science team in Wilmington yesterday. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

President-elect Biden has ordered up a shock-and-awe campaign for his first days in office to signal, as dramatically as possible, the radical shift coming to America and global affairs, his advisers tell us. 

The plan, Part 1 ... Biden, as detailed in a "First Ten Days" memo from incoming chief of staff Ron Klain, plans to unleash executive orders, federal powers and speeches to shift to a stark, national plan for "100 million shots" in three months.

Off the Rails

Episode 2: Barbarians at the Oval

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 2: Trump stops buying what his professional staff are telling him, and increasingly turns to radical voices telling him what he wants to hear. Read episode 1.

President Trump plunked down in an armchair in the White House residence, still dressed from his golf game — navy fleece, black pants, white MAGA cap. It was Saturday, Nov. 7. The networks had just called the election for Joe Biden.

Fringe right plots new attacks out of sight

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Domestic extremists are using obscure and private corners of the internet to plot new attacks ahead of Inauguration Day. Their plans are also hidden in plain sight, buried in podcasts and online video platforms.

Why it matters: Because law enforcement was caught flat-footed during last week's Capitol siege, researchers and intelligence agencies are paying more attention to online threats that could turn into real-world violence.