Hallie Burnett and Robin Moore

Wednesday, November 17, 1965

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

From card catalog: Hallie Burnett, author of "Watch on the Wall," talks about her book based on background of divided Berlin. Talks about experiences while writing book. Robin Moore talks about his novel, "The Green Berets." Discusses experiences with special forces in Vietnam and reaction of people there to his book. Questions and answers.

Host welcomes audience to "book and author luncheon."

Burnett describes her first trip to Berlin, in 1937, when Hitler had his own world's fair in Dusseldorf. Describes the day the Germans began construction on the Berlin Wall (Aug 13, 1961). Talks about her time in East Berlin, tells a story about trying to get back in to West Berlin.

Moore addresses his decision to write fiction, rather than nonfiction. Mentions the recent death of Dickie Chappelle, talks about current reporting in Vietnam. Project Delta group.

Questions: How much is de Gaulle against the US because we are defending what they own (?)? (Moore) The French are, in many cases, helping the Viet Cong. Did she stand out? (Burnett) How many more years will the US have to stay in Vietnam? (Moore) The country could be pacified in three years; US troops will be there for a long time. Trying to teach the Vietnamese how to go to their government for the things they need.

Concludes with raffle for the books.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70924
Municipal archives id: T667


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