Bowden, through myriad interviews, comprehensive documentary research, and painstaking cross-checking, tells this story of war, betrayal, hubris and idealism . #11, New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction (8/13/2017) When it ended, the American debate was never again about winning, only about how to leave. . These blinks explain this battle and its effects on US military strategy and American politics. This is a detailed, precise view of the Vietnam war, Tet Offensive, and specifically the battle of Hue. Bowden offers no ideology. . Bowden reconstructs the battle with extraordinary skill and dexterity . #17, ABA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/13/2017) . . . This is the definitive account of a turning point in America’s Vietnam strategy and in public opinion about the war.ââWall Street Journal, âtop 10 nonfiction books of 2017â, â[A] skillful, gripping account of the turning point of the Vietnam War.ââChristian Science Monitor, â30 best books of 2017â, âAn extraordinary feat of journalism . . The answer depends on who's asking and who's telling. An ALA Notable Book of the Year ), Commanding Officer, Bravo Company, 5/7 Cavalry, 1968, âIn 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. . In mid-1967, the leadership in Hanoi had started planning an offensive intended to win the war in a single stroke. His account limns many of the ambitions, delusions, and misconceptions on both sidesâthose of key decision-makers, military commanders, and ordinary soldiers alikeâthat made the war such a vicious and destructive tragedy. . Hue 1968 is also a nice break from the ever-present Spec ial Op eration s â story. 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: A horrid, yet true and factual account Great narration. A Publishers Lunch top 10 nonfiction book of the year In Hue 1968, we read about humanity placed in a crucible, out of which comes both refined steel and slag. He reported at the Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for the Atlantic and other magazines. Newsletters, offers and promotions delivered straight to your inbox. . . Nicholas Warr does not dispute that claim. #5, SIBA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/13/2017) . . 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. We come to know a fair number of the participants quite well by the end of the storyâone source of the bookâs unusual power and authenticity . . About The Author. Like never before, I’ve come to realize how narrow a perspective we low-level participants unavoidably had. An Independent Literary Publisher Since 1917. Â It is a riveting account, certain to become a motion picture, of valor, heroism, rank foolhardiness, and unshakable camaraderie . The lynchpin of Tet was the capture of Hue, Vietnamâs intellectual and cultural capital, by 10,000 National Liberation Front troops who descended from hidden camps and surged across the city of 140,000. . . . 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. A stirring history of the 1968 battle that definitively turned the Vietnam War into an American defeat. One of the most intense, visceral reading experiences imaginable.â âPhiladelphia Inquirer, on Black Hawk Down, âMark Bowden has a way of making modern nonfiction read like the best of novels.â âDenver Post, on Killing Pablo, âOne of Americaâs pre-eminent practitioners of long-form journalism.â âDallas Morning News, on The Three Battles of Wanat, “A Woodward that outdoes even Woodward.” âMalcolm Gladwell, New Yorker, “Amazing . 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. . . 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.â âForeign Policy, âFor readers who enjoy learning about battle tactics and bloody encounters, Bowden delivers, as he did in Black Hawk Down. . . . Marines braved machine gun fire on open streets attempting to advance. #12, ABA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/6/2017) . Hue 1968 is the new classic about America’s Vietnam War.â âElizabeth Becker, author of When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution, âA stirring history of the 1968 battle that definitively turned the Vietnam War into an American defeat . When it ended, the American debate was never again about winning, only about how to leave. . Not the least of the bookâs virtues is its authorâs staunch refusal to speak in terms of heroes and villains . The attention again shifted to Hue during the 1968 Tet Offensive. the book is full of emotion and color . The commanders in country and politicians in Washington refused to believe the size and scope of the Front's presence. Definitions of the important terms you need to know about in order to understand The Vietnam War (1945â1975), 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), â¦ . applies his signature blend of deep reportage and character-driven storytelling to bring readers a fresh look at the 1968 battle in the Vietnamese city of Hue . . One of nine books on Rahm Emanuelâs summer reading list, Chicago Tribune 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. Bowdenâs attention to detail is flawless . . . 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. A day-by-day, sometimes hour-by-hour, reconstruction of events. #15, NAIBA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/27/2017) . . . 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.â âBrigadier General Mike Downs, USMC (ret. . Hue 1968 is a complicated, tragic and phenomenal story â extraordinarily well told. 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 . By January 1968, despite an influx of half a million American troops, the fighting in Vietnam seemed to be at a stalemate. Bowden’s fluid writing style along with his in depth knowledge of what transpired in Hue` has created the preeminent account of the 1968 Tet offensive, concentrating on the seizure of the ancient city of Hue`, and the American/ARVN (South Vietnamese) retaking of the city that came at an extremely high cost in terms of casualties and treasure. #10 New York Times combined print & ebook bestseller (7/16/2017) . Born in St. Louis, Missouri, and a 1973 graduate of Loyola College in Maryland, Bowden was a staff writer for The. 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. You will find the reading gripping.â âKarl Marlantes, Wall Street Journal, âA remarkable book.â âDave Davies, NPR’s Fresh Air, â[A] magnificent and meticulous history, which tells, with excruciating detail, a story that is both inspiring and infuriating . . Most importantly, it reminds those in authority of the reality of combat when they send their sons and daughters off to war.â âLieutenant General Ron Christmas, USMC (ret. #15, New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction (8/6/2017) 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. . 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. . Not since his #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down has Mark Bowden written a book about a battle. There is a potent immediacy to his narrative, an almost cinematic vividness, and the momentum seldom flags, even over more than 500 pages. Hue 1968 unravels one of the great mysteries of our time... Did the Battle of Hue end up as a victory or defeat? 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. Timely.â âMichael Morell, former acting director of the CIA, âDazzling . This is grim storytelling at its finest; Bowden digs deep into the personal recollections of scores of participants . . Bowden provides compelling insight into the Northâs infiltration of South Vietnamese society and to the Northâs planning and execution of the incursionâand how the Southâs failure to support the invasion helped defeat it . . . . . . . treats Hue as a microcosm of the Vietnam War. 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. . The book shares stories from all â¦ . Bowden takes on both roles and does it well.â âLieutenant Colonel Charles A. Krohn (ret. Hell, I wish I had written it.ââAnthony Loyd, Times (UK), âHue 1968 will tell you all you need to know about the most deadly urban fighting involving US troops in Vietnam . #9 New York Times bestseller (6/25/2017) It was largely the result of one battle, for the ancient city of Hue, that turned public opinion against the Vietnam War. . 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. tells the comic but ultimately pathetic true story of a loser whose life turned upside down when he stumbled on $1.2 million. Atlantic Monthly Press, $30, 608 pages. Selected for a Kindle Daily Deal in January 2018, The Week, book of the week in âReview of Reviewsâ section Very few books about the Vietnam War aimed at a general audience paint a nuanced portrait of Americaâs enemy. Most impressive of all, Bowden deftly blends clear descriptions of complex troop movements with careful attention to the human impact of the fighting . . . Book Review: First To Fight by Victor H. Krulak The United States Marine Corps is a frequently misunderstood, occasionally maligned but more frequently mythologized division of the U.S. Armed Forces. 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. . . Bowden tells this story with a power and a wealth of detail that no previous history of this offensive has approached . A brilliant work that's a must-read for any Vietnam buffs. . Mark Bowden brings it back into sharp focus in his powerful new book, Hue 1968 . every page merits reading.â âMilitary Times, âA masterful blood-and-guts account of the decisive battle in the Vietnam War . 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. He has extensively researched the Battle of Hue and interviewed the combatants from both sides who fought it. -- Brigadier General Mike Downs, USMC (ret.) gives voice to dozens, including Nguyen Quang Ha, whose five-man team emerged from underground caves to strike the first blow for North Vietnamese forces, Bob Thompson, a career marine officer charged with taking back the US stronghold at the Citadel, President Lyndon Johnson and General William Westmoreland in Washington, DC and reporters David Halberstam, Michael Herr, Gene Roberts, Walter Cronkite and others who changed the way Americans perceived the war.â âJane Ciabattari, BBC.com, âA powerful account of a critical battle in Vietnam . By Mark Bowden. #14, New York Times Combined Print & Ebook Nonfiction (8/6/2017) A meticulous and vivid retelling of an important battle.â âLinda Robinson, New York Times Book Review, âAn instantly recognizable classic of military history . 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. One of the most intense, visceral reading experiences imaginable. ), author of The Lost Battalion of Tet, âHue 1968 is, by far, the most comprehensive (and balanced) coverage on this battle I’ve seen. Hue 1968 is the newest book by best-selling author Mark Bowden. Surely to be an historical standard for the recollection of that Tet 1968 battle.â âColonel Chuck Meadows, USMC (ret. Mark Bowden is the author of thirteen books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down. The brilliance of Bowdenâs narrative, the achievement of interviewing hundreds of people on all sides and making the foundation their human stories, is why Hue 1968 rises to the emotional power and universality of For Whom The Bell Tolls and All Quiet On The Western Front.â âMichael Mann, âI really enjoyed reading it.â âAaron Lammer, Longform podcast, âAmazing . By morning, all of Hue was in Front hands save for two small military outposts. Bowden confronts head-on the horrific senselessness of battle and the toll it takes on people, and he grants Hue the regard it deserves as a defining moment in a war that continues to influence how America views its role in the world.â âPublishers Weekly (starred review), âThis Vietnam story reads like a movie but itâs all true.â âCourier-Journal (Louisville), âthe hottest books of the summer according to Carmichaelâs bookstoreâ, âA riveting, well-researched text that I predict will win the Pulitzer Prize for history for 2017.â âNewbury Port News, âAn extraordinary account of the most important and costly battle of the Vietnam War.â âDon McCullin, legendary photojournalist who covered the Battle of Hue, âIn this meticulous retelling of one critical battle, Mark Bowden captures the nuanced and often invisible threads of America’s political, military and cultural blindness in Vietnam. 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.â âKirkus Reviews (starred review), âHue endured one of the most prolonged, vicious, and politically decisive battles of the Vietnam War . It is an in depth close up, focusing moment by moment on the battle, like the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan. . #6 Washington Post bestseller (6/18/2017) . Bowden brings that history to lifeâand makes clear how painfully timely it remains.â âColette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times, âBowden 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 nationâs global posture. 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