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Huế 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam

Huế 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam By Mark Bowden Hu A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam The first battle book from Mark Bowden since his New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down Hue is the story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point in the American War in V

  • Title: Huế 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
  • Author: Mark Bowden
  • ISBN: 9780802127006
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Huế 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam By Mark Bowden 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 ThThe 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 wi
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    1. Duane on said:

      Janurary 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War and the ensuing battle of Hue This battle is significant because it marked the beginning of the end to the Vietnam War, although troops wouldn t leave until the spring of 1973 It was a brutal battle, maybe the worst of the war because of the street to street and the house to house fighting, and the terrible toll it took on the citizens of the city.Mark Bowden s work is impressive here Even if you don t like book [...]

    2. 'Aussie Rick' on said:

      I finished Mark Bowden s book Hue 1968 and found it a very good story It was interesting to read accounts from both sides of the fighting and the civilians trapped in the middle The author is critical of Westland for his fixation on Khe Sanh at the expense of Hue and he is also critical of the way the US military high command drip fed its troops into the battle leading to excessive casualties I really felt for the poor soldiers Marines and the platoon and company commanders fighting not only ver [...]

    3. Harold on said:

      This is a detailed, precise view of the Vietnam war, Tet Offensive, and specifically the battle of Hue It is an in depth close up, focusing moment by moment on the battle, like the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan It is meticulously researched or appears so with mini biographies, often no than a paragraph or two, of the soldiers in the heat of battle, and often accompanied by a vivd description of their deaths or maiming The Book is titled a turning point, but it is not the macro story of t [...]

    4. Steven Z. on said:

      For those who enjoyed Mark Bowden s works such as BLACK HAWK DOWN, GUESTS OF THE AYYATOLLAH, and KILLING PABLO, his new book HUE , 1968 should be prove to be just as satisfying, if not Bowden relies on the same assiduous research, exemplified by his interviews with all sides of the conflict American Marines and decision makers, North Vietnamese soldiers and commanders, in addition to civilians caught in the conflict Bowden s fluid writing style along with his in depth knowledge of what transpir [...]

    5. Steve Sarner on said:

      Pockets of resistance were actually bundles of lies.Hue 1968 is a complicated, tragic and phenomenal story extraordinarily well told.Mark Bowden has out done himself on researching a terrible time during a terrible and, in hindsight from many perspectives, senseless battle in a senseless war The book shares stories from all sides in an absolutely riveting manner.I particularly appreciated the contribution of the many journalists, including Walter Cronkite, who risked it all to be on the ground i [...]

    6. Peter Tillman on said:

      Consider wsj articles the blooHere s reviewer and Vietnam vet Karl Marlantes For me it brought back many memories, most of them angry, of my time as a Marine in Vietnam I remember one night a fellow lieutenant radioing from a jungle hilltop on the Laotian border to battalion headquarters, over 20 kilometers away, saying that he d sighted a convoy of trucks The battalion commander radioed back that it was impossible There were no trucks anywhere near him There was a long pause in transmission The [...]

    7. Richard on said:

      Karl Marlantes, the guy who wrote Matterhorn, which I think is the best fiction about the Vietnam War, calls this book extraordinary, and I couldn t agree It s beyond me how someone who wasn t there could have so immersed himself in research to come up with what feels as immediate as a first person narrative Hue 1968, is historical and battlefield journalism at its finest.I m fond of believing war stories haven t progressed all that much in the 5,000 years since the Iliad, and that the best war [...]

    8. Larry Bassett on said:

      This short review is accompanied by a lot of paragraphs from the book I listened to this book in the Audible format while following along with the e book I have read a lot of books about Vietnam since in some ways that is my war, The war I avoided by becoming a father in college and thus exempt I have never read anything about Hue and wondered how I had missed this book It turns out it has just been published.Every book I have read about Vietnam led me to believe that it was totally a war fought [...]

    9. Steven Peterson on said:

      A powerful work on the Tet offensive in Vietnam in early 1968 If you were following the war then, you would know that the official word from the American government is that we were doing well, degrading Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army NVA ability to mount significant actions.What sets this book apart is its human perspective on the battle at Hue, the great success of the Viet Cong NVA local volunteers rising in cities across South Viet Nam Then uprising in most other places was squelched rat [...]

    10. Ctgt on said:

      Beware of men with theories that explain everything Trust those who approach the world with humility and cautious insight.I ve always been aware of the Tet Offensive as an overall event in the Vietnam War and it s place in history as a tipping point for the war And while I was familiar with Hue and the battle I never realized how brutal and devastating it was to both sides of the conflict as well as the civilian population trapped in the city With viewpoints from both sides, Bowden tells persona [...]

    11. Jim Bullington on said:

      this is a great book I read it because my relative, James Bullington and his wife Tuy Cam were in Hue during this horrific time then as I read the book I found out they are prominent characters in this book That made it even real to me since I had heard some of the stories when we visited them in Williamsburg, Va I had heard of this battle all my life but I never knew the full story Highly recommend.

    12. Thom on said:

      With 10,000 combatants and civilians dead, the Battle of Hue was the bloodiest battle of the Vietnam War, and both sides claimed victory This comprehensive book tells the story of this battle for each side in a detailed and readable approach Maps and photos lead each section, and a comprehensive index is available online.This battle was described as the turning point of the war, and the outcome of this offensive likely led to Johnson s decision not to seek reelection, along with the removal of G [...]

    13. Christopher Saunders on said:

      Formidable blend of military history and historical reportage, by veteran journalist Bowden Black Hawk Down focusing on the Tet Offensive s largest and longest battle, the bloody Siege of Hue in February 1968 Bowden employs the multifaceted immediacy of his other works to brilliant effect, alternating between the NVA and Vietcong soldiers assaulting the city, the ARVN soldiers some courageous, others less so defending it, the American Marines who painstakingly retook the city over the course of [...]

    14. Mark Mortensen on said:

      Having read Nicholas Warr s excellent book Phase Line Green The Battle for Hue, 1968 I contemplated reading another on Hue Due to the general public s overwhelming acceptance and positive reviews of this new book that coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the TET Offensive January 30, 2018 I decided to join on The author stresses the significance of the city of Hue with a geographical location midway between Saigon in South Vietnam and Hanoi in North Vietnam that made it a natu [...]

    15. Francis on said:

      Now that I have finished the book I will express my final opinions concerning the book Initially I wrote that it appeared that Mr Bowden is a commie lover but that I would give the book a chance Here is what I think We have Hanoi Jane, now we have Hanoi Mark He expresses sympathy throughout the book for atheistic communists and gives the impression that they basically were nice patriotic people Many of the Americans and South Vietnamese on the other hand were corrupt blood thirsty killers Mr Bow [...]

    16. Marks54 on said:

      This is a very good book I had heard a lot about it but had yet to plunge in because the Vietnam war has not been high on my priority list recently Then I watched the Burns Novick documentary on the war which I highly recommend and thought that the new Bowden book would be a good follow up.Let me start with the elephant in the room the politics of the war and of revisionist history I remember the Vietnam war and how contentious it was and remains It was from working through some of the memoirs f [...]

    17. Brent on said:

      This fresh history is so moving a deeply researched and confidently written telling of the messiest of urban battles of the Vietnam Tet Offensive.Highest recommendation.

    18. Michael Burnam-Fink on said:

      It s almost exactly 50 years from the Tet Offensive, one of the most decisive and misunderstood campaigns in history Tet was based on delusion on both sides The Communist leadership believed that the people of South Vietnam were primed to join a general offensive and overthrow the puppet government General Westland and MACV were sure that the Communists were on the ropes, and that the key battle was at the remote firebase of Khe Sanh On the Vietnamese New Year, Jan 30 1968, VC units backed by NV [...]

    19. Jimmy on said:

      One of the best books I have ever read about the Vietnam War Highly recommended for anyone interested in the war Opening quote Wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good Gabriel Garc a M rquez From the introduction Hours before daylight on January 31, 1968, the first day of Tet, the Lunar New Year, nearly 10,000 NVA and VC troops descended from hidden camps in the Central Highlands and overran the city of Hue, the historical capital of Vietnam They took all of Hue except for two embatt [...]

    20. David Bales on said:

      An outstanding war history of the Battle of Hue during the Tet Offensive of 1968, which was the bloodiest battle of the American war and proved to be the turning point in the U.S public s interpretation of the war s progress During the period 1965 to late 1967, the Johnson Administration and the military had said that the U.S was gradually winning the war By the beginning of 1968, assessments from General Westland were so positive that he assured Congress and the public that victory was in sight [...]

    21. Patrick McCoy on said:

      Mark Bowden has written several interesting nonfiction books over the years Killing Pablo among them has decided to focus on the Tet Offensive in his latest book, Hue 1968 2017 The publication of this book coincided with the latest Ken Burns documentary, The Vietnam War, so I thought it would compliment the series and it did This book is nuanced than the 12 hour 10 part documentary and like that film included interviews with people fighting on both sides and a people in an array of roles from c [...]

    22. Shawn Aebi on said:

      An extraordinarily well researched book, perhaps even too detailed Exposing this battle as an inflection point in the war, Bowden balances the views from the Oval Office, Pentagon, US heartland with testimonies from those who served An exemplary reference for all future research.

    23. Charles on said:

      I have a confession to make The first history I learned about the Vietnam War was from watching the move Rambo, in 1985 Around the same time, and viewable on VHS what s that, Daddy if you missed it in the theater, were movies like Platoon and Full Metal Jacket, the later set during the battle that is the focus of this book From these movies, naturally, I learned little real history, and haven t learned much about Vietnam since In fact, when I was a young lawyer at a giant law firm, I used to am [...]

    24. Mark Miano on said:

      Perhaps because I m approaching my 50th birthday, I seem to be reading a lot of books about the seminal political, cultural, and social moments of my childhood The Vietnam War was one of the events that played in the backdrop for much of it whether I was listening to and trying to understand what my father and grandfather were arguing about, or hearing the name of the same young man having a mass said every week in his memory, or learning years later that my uncle had served in the war and yet n [...]

    25. Peter on said:

      Mark Bowden s Hue 1968 2017 is a highly readable history, told largely through the eyes of participants from all sides VC, NVA, American, civilian, rural and urban, strategists and tacticians Tet is seen as Pyrrhic, the American victory that lost the war The American defeat was political and psychological as the American population, particularly the young, shifted quickly from fence sitting on the merits of the war to downright opposition because it appeared that in spite of our intervention wit [...]

    26. Ernie Lavagetto on said:

      War is the continuation of politics by other meansClausewitz s quote is an apt way of understanding the origins ,purpose and outcome of the Vietnam war However the quote neglects the important role that biases both political and racial play in the daily flow of events This book is a description of a specific battle in which the author brilliantly ties together the multiple strands of biases from the level of national leadership to very personal individual experience of individual soldiers both A [...]

    27. victor harris on said:

      Despite the detailed blow by blow approach, which is necessary because the fighting took place in one city, the main thread and overarching themes are kept intact Foremost among those themes is how American military and political leadership refused to recognize the capacity of the Viet Minh and Viet Cong to coordinate a comprehensive offensive This would be costly in American lives and political capital as Hue was part of the greater Tet Offensive that finally shed illusions about American progr [...]

    28. Jonathan Psotka on said:

      Good journalistic history of the battle in Hue While it is a history of the battle, this isn t really a military history, and operational and even strategic details are often fuzzy Moreover, the book mostly ignores the ARVN half of the fight, focusing instead on the NLF and the US But what the book really excels at is the tactics used, the personalities of the officers on both sides who were blind to the realities on the ground, and most especially, the individual experiences of the soldiers who [...]

    29. Michael Perkins on said:

      Prodigiously researched and well written, with a lot of suspense, especially in the first half of the book For me, it misses a fifth star because the author tries to cram in too much detail and too many stories for most readers to absorb I believe it was William Faulkner who said about fiction writing you must kill your little darlings By this he meant that all writers have pet items, descriptions, themes that are mostly dear to themselves, but are not helpful to the reader and, in fact, can get [...]

    30. Chris Witkowski on said:

      Ordinarily I would never read a book like this, but the fact that we visited Vietnam this past January, spending two days in the Imperial city of Hue, where the huge battle recounted in Bowden s masterful book took place, I felt compelled to give it a try And I m glad I did The sheer amount of detail provided by the author, mainly in the incredible, heart wrenching portraits of the very young, wet behind the ears, mostly teenage boys, who fought so fiercely to recapture the city, brought the Vie [...]

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