. 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. . . Atlantic Monthly Press, $30, 608 pages. 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. the result of four years of travel, investigation and, above all else, interviews with those who were there. It turns out the force wasn’t puny, but fanatical warriors who gripped their prey by the throat and wouldn’t let go. He reported at the Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for … In Hue 1968, Bowden masterfully reconstructs this pivotal moment in the American War in Vietnam. This kind of fine-tuned detail—and sense of mystery—is the soul of a good historical account . . There is a potent immediacy to his narrative, an almost cinematic vividness, and the momentum seldom flags, even over more than 500 pages. Buy a discounted Paperback of Summary Bundle for History Buffs Fastreads online from Australia's leading online bookstore. . ), Former Commanding Officer of Golf Company 2ndBn 5thMar, “I am a US Marine Vietnam veteran who participated as a tank crewmen in the Tet 1968 battle for Hue City. Hue 1968 celebrates and commemorates all the men and women who fought in this harrowing battle . #11, New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction (8/13/2017) . . 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. . . ), Commanding Officer, Bravo Company, 5/7 Cavalry, 1968, “In Hue 1968, Mark Bowden has clearly captured the nastiness, brutality and savagery of urban combat as seen through the eyes of those who found themselves in a daily personal fight for survival on the streets of that embattled city. The book shares stories from all … . Herr spent most of this period covering the combats in the imperial city of Hue, home of the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. 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. This, also, is a heck of a story, and—depending on your perspective—a disturbing one.”—Times (UK), “Hue 1968 unravels one of the great mysteries of our time—how a puny force of North Vietnam regulars and local sympathizers could without warning occupy South Vietnam’s second largest city, hold it for a month, then disappear into the mountains, beyond reach and largely unbloodied. gives us the clearest picture yet of what happened in Vietnam and in Hue, where today tourists casually shoot pictures where murderous shots once were fired.” —George Petras, USA Today, 4 out of 4 stars, “A thoroughly researched and compelling new account of the most controversial battle of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam . Bowden takes on both roles and does it well.” —Lieutenant Colonel Charles A. Krohn (ret. treats Hue as a microcosm of the Vietnam War. Bowden has done a superb job of telling the story as he did with Black Hawk Down.” —Gary Anderson, Washington Times, “The harrowing story of the capture of Hue.” —Chicago Tribune, “The ultimate summer reading list”, “The most authoritative history of the battle.”—Politico, “In his monumental new book, Bowden . Bowden delivers a series of brilliantly constructed set pieces, beginning with a moment of proto-social engineering in which a young, pretty Viet Cong learned about American troop movements in the city by flirting with GIs outside their compound . . One of nine books on Rahm Emanuel’s summer reading list, Chicago Tribune # 15, MIBA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/13/2017) . Sometimes its role is perceived as overlapping the roles and responsibilities of … Building on portraits of combatants on all sides, Bowden delivers an anecdotally rich, careful account of the complex campaign to take the city. . . Hue 1968 is a complicated, tragic and phenomenal story – extraordinarily well told. I now recommend it to the readers of this newspaper. Without a doubt, it’s one of the very best books to be written about Vietnam in the last decade.” —James A. Warren, Daily Beast, “Searing . Not for the squeamish, the book does not glorify war, but honestly describes the reality of two opponents battling one another at close quarters. . Booktopia has Summary Bundle for History Buffs Fastreads, Includes Summary of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Summary of Sapiens, Summary of Homo Deus, Analysis of Hue 1968, and Summary of the Warmth of Other Suns by Fastreads. Through the words and actions of hundreds of such people, and through his scrupulous day-by-day reconstruction of this battle, Mr. Bowden encapsulates the essential lessons of the Vietnam War, lessons that we seemingly forgot when conducting our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, lessons we need to go over now so that we never forget them again . I have read just about every written account of the month-long battle, and I have to say that all of the other well-written, well-documented accounts of the battle pale in comparison to Mark Bowden’s Hue 1968. He has an ear for the voices of suffering, of loss and pain; of fear and courage, of hope and frustration. . Here the best and worst of human behavior is exposed in glaring light. “A relentlessly immediate chronicle of the bloody, monthlong centerpiece of the Tet Offensive . . #10 Indie bestseller (7/9/2017) 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. #14, New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction (7/30/2017) . American forces scrambled to relieve the U.S. . The book offers so much more than that, however. . Em 1968, 13 anos após o início da Guerra do Vietnã, os vietcongs decidem atacar as tropas americanas. . Hue 1968 is a story of incredible heroism. . Hue 1968 is, by far, the most comprehensive (and balanced) coverage on this battle I've seen. . . . One of the most intense, visceral reading experiences imaginable. 28: After Action Report, 716th Military Police Battalion, February 12, 1968 Document; 29: PLAF Command Salutes 20-Day Fight in Hue over Liberation Radio (South Vietnam People's Liberation Armed Forces Command's message to the armed forces and people of Hue), February 21, 1968 Document At 2:30 a.m. on January 31, 10,000 National Liberation Front troops descended from hidden camps and surged across the city of 140,000. To see what your friends thought of this book, Most importantly, it reminds those in authority of the reality of combat when they send their sons and daughters off to war.” —Lieutenant General Ron Christmas, USMC (ret. In mid-1967, the leadership in Hanoi had started planning an offensive intended to win the war in a single stroke. . The North Vietnamese had different ideas. Mark Bowden is the author of thirteen books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down . Hue 1968 is a book of history, the history of an era when a nation was lied to by its leaders and thousands of young Americans in uniform were sacrificed for no clear reason. This was the third year of President Johnson’s intensive ramp up of the U.S. war commitment, and the commander of American forces there, General Westmoreland, had just completed a lot of PR pushing the concept that the end was in sight. #7 Indie Bestseller (6/18/2017) #13 New York Times nonfiction bestseller (7/16/2017) . . . #12 Indie bestseller (6/11/2017) Nicholas Warr does not dispute that claim. This event was part of the [Chicago Tribune] Printers Row Lit Fest, held annually in the city. Hue 1968 shows the enormous challenges facing both sides and how they overcame them, or tried to. . The book is a mighty piece of work, and as fine an account of a battle as you will likely read. . Before 1968, the Vietnam War had been largely supported across the United States. They lived in what combat correspondent Dale Dye would later call “the high weirdness of survival when the odds say you should be stone dead.” Mark Bowden is the author of thirteen books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down. . Relying on archival documents now available after 50 years, he also examines the considerations and decisions of political and military leaders at the highest levels. #12, ABA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/6/2017) Hue 1968 is also a nice break from the ever-present Spec ial Op eration s ’ story. The individual stories are woven together in such a compelling and expert fashion, the narrative flows so seamlessly, that it’s hard to imagine that this is not fiction.” —Philadelphia Inquirer on Black Hawk Down, “The reader can visualize the action, smell the dust and sweat and the reek of explosives, and even enter into the exultation, fear, rage, pain, confusion, and exhaustion of the combatants. Captain Chuck Meadows was ordered to lead his 160-marine Golf Company against thousands of enemy troops in the first attempt to re-enter Hue later that day. Bowden tells this story with a power and a wealth of detail that no previous history of this offensive has approached . By January 1968, despite an influx of half a million American troops, the fighting in Vietnam seemed to be at a stalemate.Yet General William Westmoreland, commander of American forces, announced a new phase of the war in which 'the end begins to come into view.' Those individual stories, many of which Bowden records here for the first time, will haunt readers long after they’ve finished the book.” —Steve Donoghue, Christian Science Monitor, “A gripping, and timely, history . By January 1968, despite an influx of half a million American troops, the fighting in Vietnam seemed to be at a stalemate. . Bowden brings that history to life—and makes clear how painfully timely it remains.” —Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times, “Bowden is one of the great journalists of our generation, and with this book he provides a captivating account of the pivotal battle that did so much to alter the trajectories of not just the Vietnam War, but also American politics and our nation’s global posture. His most ambitious work yet, Hue 1968 is the story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point in the American War in Vietnam. . In Hue 1968, we read about humanity placed in a crucible, out of which comes both refined steel and slag. . This is also the type of military history that one wishes more academic historians would take up, but given the near extinction of military history in university history departments, it is left to skilled journalists like Bowden to fill the gap.” —Foreign Policy, “For readers who enjoy learning about battle tactics and bloody encounters, Bowden delivers, as he did in Black Hawk Down. The story of Hue, like the story of Vietnam, is awash in paradox, irony, and senseless destruction . Mark Bowden brings it back into sharp focus in his powerful new book, Hue 1968 . In February 1966, at a strategy meeting in Honolulu, President Lyndon Johnson asked his commander in Vietnam, Gen. William Westmoreland, what his next step might be if he were the enemy commander. One of the most intense, visceral reading experiences imaginable.” —Philadelphia Inquirer, on Black Hawk Down, “Mark Bowden has a way of making modern nonfiction read like the best of novels.” —Denver Post, on Killing Pablo, “One of America’s pre-eminent practitioners of long-form journalism.” —Dallas Morning News, on The Three Battles of Wanat, “A Woodward that outdoes even Woodward.” —Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker, “Amazing . . The heart and soul of Hue 1968 lies with its vivid and often wrenching descriptions of the ‘storm of war’ as soldiers and South Vietnamese citizens experienced it.” —Glenn C. Altschuler, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “Mark Bowden’s book Hue 1968 is a must-read. From Black Hawk Down to his new book on the Vietnam War, Bowden is known for his insightful writing about conflicts. . The battle for the Citadel of Hue during the Tet Offensive of 1968 is universally considered by writers and historians as the hardest-fought and bloodiest battle of the war. One of the Wall Street Journal’s top 10 nonfiction books of 2017 Hue 1968 is the newest book by best-selling author Mark Bowden. . Mark Bowden talked about his book, [Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam]. Here is his recommended... Janurary 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of the “Tet Offensive” in the Vietnam War and the ensuing battle of Hue. . #15, NAIBA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/27/2017) He saw it and lived it, up close and personal. Outstanding narrative history of perhaps the largest and costliest battle in the Vietnam War in terms of lives lost, an unusual urban battle rightly deserving of the moniker as a “turning point” for the notion that the war could not be won. . In this last element—the first-person, human element—it’s a battle history alone in its class . In the early hours of January 31, 1968, the North Vietnamese launched over a hundred attacks across South Vietnam in what would become known as the Tet Offensive. Bowden lays bare the gut-wrenching brutality of the nearly month-long fight for ancient Hue between American forces and the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong.”—Monte Whaley, Denver Post, “Staff pick”, “Mark Bowden uniquely describes the battle from both sides of the front lines and vividly captures the remarkable courage and valor of those that participated in the crucible of war that was Hue City in January to March 1968. Hue 1968 is also an exploration of what is common to all wars: humankind’s capacity for violence, cruelty, self-sacrifice, bravery, cowardice and love. An Amazon Best Book of the Month in the history category for June 2017 . . One of the Christian Science Monitor’s best 30 books of 2017 . . It is meticulously researched (or appears so) with mini biographies, often no more 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. Frete GRÁTIS em milhares de produtos com o Amazon Prime. Not since his #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down has Mark Bowden written a book about a battle. Bowden deserves enormous credit for calling new attention to an often-overlooked battle and especially for recovering the experiences of those who fought amid otherworldly horrors.” —Mark Atwood Lawrence, Boston Globe, “A detailed, multifaceted account.” —Tirdad Derakhsani, Philadelphia Inquirer, “Vivid and absorbing . On the first day of the Tet Lunar New Year holiday in 1968, Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces attacked the ancient city of Hue, the one-time capital of Vietnam and the country’s third-largest city. Outstanding narrative history of perhaps the largest and costliest battle in the Vietnam War in terms of lives lost, an unusual urban battle rightly deserving of the moniker as a “turning point” for the notion that the war could not be won. [Bowden] uses a reporter’s concise style to tell both sides of the story from the president of the United States to a teenage VC scout/guide . Bowden’s attention to detail is flawless . Many lessons, including how government can lie and [the] role of an effective media in finding truth. ), author of The Lost Battalion of Tet, “Hue 1968 is, by far, the most comprehensive (and balanced) coverage on this battle I’ve seen. #19, ABA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/27/2017) In Hue 1968, Bowden masterfully reconstructs this pivotal moment in the American war in Vietnam. Played out over twenty-four days of terrible fighting and ultimately costing 10,000 combatant and civilian lives, the Battle of Hue was by far the bloodiest of the entire war. . Given especially the multiple armed forces involved in the battle and the sprawling cast of characters, this is no small feat. . Bowden’s interviews, almost half a century on, with those who fought, on both sides, have produced unexampled descriptions of small-unit combat.” —George F. Will, Washington Post, “Bowden . His is a skill to find the exact quotations, the right anecdote, the resigned aside, which will help us understand how we came to be fighting in that faraway land.” —John David, Decatur Daily, “Powerfully told, and a vivid depiction of individual courage and national hubris.” —William J. Burns, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, “Veteran journalist Bowden illuminates the gut-wrenching monthlong slaughter of one of the Vietnam War’s bloodiest battles . Based on hundreds of interviews, news accounts, histories and military archives, the book combines intensive research with Bowden’s propulsive narrative style and insightful analysis . 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 points of view. He sees what happened, and clearly tells what he sees, checks, and can cross-reference. A brilliant work that's a must-read for any Vietnam buffs. . The book is a must-read for the military professional and their civilian leaders who send them in harm’s way. He masterfully captures the mix of bravery, fear, cruelty, generosity, and fatalism that swirled among the Americans who never knew where the next bullet would come from . . . Bowden’s account of the battle delivers gut punches from start to finish . 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 points of view. Captain Chuck Meadows was ordered to lead his 160-marine Golf Company against thousands of enemy troops in the first attempt to re-enter Hue later that day. . These blinks explain this battle and its effects on US military strategy and American politics. #10 New York Times combined print & ebook bestseller (7/16/2017) Hue 1968 carries a sense of immediacy. He does this with a humanistic voice. Hue 1968: A horrid, yet true and factual account Great narration. every page merits reading.” —Military Times, “A masterful blood-and-guts account of the decisive battle in the Vietnam War . . . . . . ©2021, GROVE ATLANTIC, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. . While the Americans concentrated on holding Khe Sanh, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong (VC) forces seized Hue, an audacious assault that commanded headlines across the globe. I urged several friends as well as my wife’s book club to read this book. . Definitions of the important terms you need to know about in order to understand The Vietnam War (1945–1975), including 17th Parallel, Agent Orange, Annam, Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), Binh Xuyen, Can Lao, Cao Dai, Central Office of South Vietnam (COSVN) , Christmas Bombing , Cochin China, COINTELPRO, Containment, Credibility Gap, Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), … Yet the fight for Hue became a political victory for the leaders of North Vietnam and a turning point for US involvement and support for the war. #12, NAIBA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/20/2017) Published June 6th 2017 by Atlantic Monthly Press. One of the best books on a single action in Vietnam, written by a tough, seasoned journalist who brings the events of a half-century past into sharp relief.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review), “Hue endured one of the most prolonged, vicious, and politically decisive battles of the Vietnam War . . Bowden’s account of the block-by-block fighting between the Communists and the Marines is graphic, disturbing, and powerful . Timely.” —Michael Morell, former acting director of the CIA, “Dazzling . Hue 1968 is the new classic about America’s Vietnam War.” —Elizabeth Becker, author of When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution, “A stirring history of the 1968 battle that definitively turned the Vietnam War into an American defeat . It reads like a novel even though is it made up almost exclusively of very personal accounts.” —John Wear, president of the USMC Vietnam Tankers Association, “A masterpiece of intensely dramatic nonfiction . More than anything, Hue 1968 is the story of the entire Vietnam War in microcosm.”—Michael M. Rosen, Claremont Review of Books, “The best history of the battle for Vietnam’s imperial city of Hue.”—William D. Bushnell, Military Officer Magazine, “Nearly 50 years after the battle for the city of Hue, this history reads as fresh as today’s news . Like never before, I’ve come to realize how narrow a perspective we low-level participants unavoidably had. You need to know about this battle because you are citizens of this republic, because you can vote, and because some of you influence or make policy . A Publishers Lunch top 10 nonfiction book of the year When it ended, the American debate was never again about winning, only about how to leave. . . Bowden reconstructs the battle with extraordinary skill and dexterity . . Not the least of the book’s virtues is its author’s staunch refusal to speak in terms of heroes and villains . Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam - Kindle edition by Bowden, Mark. . It is an in depth close up, focusing moment by moment on the battle, like the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan. HUE 1968: A TURNING POINT OF THE AMERICAN WAR IN VIETNAM. An Amazon best history book of 2017 so far While giving due respect to the abilities, actions and fighting spirit of the U.S. and ARVN Marines and soldiers who participated, Mark Bowden brought clarity to the larger intelligence, political and strategic shortcomings that made the prosecution of this battle so much more challenging and costly than it needed to be.” —Brigadier General Mike Downs, USMC (ret. Through searing personal accounts of many on both sides who were there, Mark Bowden reveals the intensity of the fighting. . . #10 New York Times nonfiction hardcover bestseller (7/9/2017) Played out over twenty-four days of terrible fighting and ultimately costing 10,000 combatant and civilian lives, the Battle of Hue was by far the bloodiest of the entire war. . Hue 1968 is a book of history, the history of an era when a nation was lied to by its leaders and thousands of young Americans in uniform were sacrificed for no clear reason. There is no more complete, accurate and detailed book. Because he was able to interview survivors on both sides relatively soon after the action, Bowden’s story has a vitality and freshness usually lacking in accounts of combat.” —The New York Review of Books on Black Hawk Down, “One of the most gripping and authoritative accounts of combat ever written.” —USA Today on Black Hawk Down, “A compelling, almost Shakespearean tale.” —Los Angeles Times on Killing Pablo, “Heart-stopping, and heart-breaking.” —New York Times Book Review on Guests of the Ayatollah, “Bowden has emerged as one of our best writers of muscular nonfiction.” —Edward P. Smith, Denver Post, “Mark Bowden is the reigning champion of narrative non-fiction.” —Alex Massie, Scotland on Sunday (UK), Winner of the 2018 Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Greene Award for a distinguished work of nonfiction This is a detailed, precise view of the Vietnam war, Tet Offensive, and specifically the battle of Hue. Part military action and part popular uprising, the Tet Offensive included attacks across South Vietnam, but the most dramatic and successful would be the capture of Hue, the country’s cultural capital. . Bowden, through myriad interviews, comprehensive documentary research, and painstaking cross-checking, tells this story of war, betrayal, hubris and idealism . By January 1968, despite an influx of half a million American troops, the fighting in Vietnam seemed to be at a stalemate.Yet General William Westmoreland, commander of American forces, announced a new phase of the war in which 'the end begins to com. This book is a tragic tale of misunderstanding but also one of great heroism and sacrifice by those who fought in the streets of Hue and in the nearby rice paddies and villages.” —Brigadier General Howard T. Prince II, USA (ret. That definitively turned the Vietnam War, Tet Offensive, and reading sessions, Vietnamese and soldiers. 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