Huế 1968

Huế 1968

A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam

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"An extraordinary feat of journalism . . . full of emotion and color."--Karl Marlantes, Wall Street Journal

The first battle book from Mark Bowden since his #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down , Hue 1968 is the story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point in the American War in Vietnam.In the early hours of January 31, 1968, the North Vietnamese launched over one hundred attacks across South Vietnam in what would become known as the Tet Offensive. The lynchpin of Tet was the capture of Hue, Vietnam's intellectual and cultural capital, by 10,000 National Liberation Front troops who descended from hidden camps and surged across the city of 140,000. Within hours the entire city was in their hands save for two small military outposts. American commanders refused to believe the size and scope of the Front's presence, ordering small companies of marines against thousands of entrenched enemy troops. After several futile and deadly days, Lieutenant Colonel Ernie Cheatham would finally come up with a strategy to retake the city, block by block and building by building, in some of the most intense urban combat since World War II.

With unprecedented access to war archives in the U.S. and Vietnam and interviews with participants from both sides, Bowden narrates each stage of this crucial battle through multiple viewpoints. Played out over 24 days and ultimately costing 10,000 lives, the Battle of Hue was by far the bloodiest of the entire war. When it ended, the American debate was never again about winning, only about how to leave. Hue 1968 is a gripping and moving account of this pivotal moment.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780802127006
0802127002
Branch Call Number: 959.7043 BOWDEN M
Characteristics: 594 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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DiabloDog
Oct 05, 2017

This is the story of the battle for Hue' City during the Tet offensive of 1968. I found it extremely well researched, giving the perspective of not only the American forces, but also from that of the North Vietnamese. It presents lots of individual stories at the personal level from both sides of the conflict. Very well done!

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