A stirring history of the 1968 battle that definitively turned the Vietnam War into an American defeat. #11 Publishers Weekly hardcover nonfiction bestseller (6/16/2017) In Hue 1968, Bowden masterfully reconstructs this pivotal moment in the American War in Vietnam. Many lessons, including how government can lie and [the] role of an effective media in finding truth. Hue 1968 is a story of incredible heroism. We come to know a fair number of the participants quite well by the end of the story—one source of the book’s unusual power and authenticity . Hue, city, central Vietnam.Lying on a plain backed by foothills of the Annamese Cordillera (Chaîne Annamitique) and situated 5 miles (8 km) from the South China Sea coast, Hue is traversed by the broad, shallow Huong River (Hue River, or Perfume River). “A relentlessly immediate chronicle of the bloody, monthlong centerpiece of the Tet Offensive . #14, SIBA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/20/2017) There is no more complete, accurate and detailed book. 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 . #15, NEIBA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/27/2017) Mark Bowden is the author of thirteen books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down . Though stupidity and arrogance will always be with us, it is reasonable to hope that the more people who read and learn from books such as Hue 1968, the more will lend their weight in the war against folly . What sets Bowden’s account of the battle apart is his skill at moving from the macro—the history of the war, the politics surrounding it, the tactics of the battle—to the micro: the individuals, American and Vietnamese, who fought it and tried to survive it . The brilliance of Bowden’s 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.” —Michael Mann, “I really enjoyed reading it.” —Aaron Lammer, Longform podcast, “Amazing . Removing this book will also remove your associated ratings, reviews, and reading sessions. . 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. # 15, MIBA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/13/2017) The book is a mighty piece of work, and as fine an account of a battle as you will likely read. . A day-by-day, sometimes hour-by-hour, reconstruction of events. [Hue 1968] is likely to claim a place on the shelf of essential books about the Vietnam War. . Bowden is masterful in introducing characters whose names have often never appeared in the news but whose actions help explain the complications for the United States of becoming involved in faraway wars involving nearly invisible enemies.” —Steve Weinberg, Philadelphia Inquirer, “The definitive history of the battle for Hue . -- Brigadier General Mike Downs, USMC (ret.) . A chamada Ofensiva do Tet se torna uma virada nessa guerra que marca a derrota dos Estados Unidos. . With its capacious research that includes the perspectives of combatants and civilians, Vietnamese and Americans, presidents and privates, it epitomizes what a definitive account should be. every page merits reading.” —Military Times, “A masterful blood-and-guts account of the decisive battle in the Vietnam War . . . ), 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. There is a potent immediacy to his narrative, an almost cinematic vividness, and the momentum seldom flags, even over more than 500 pages. He reported at the Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for … . Selected for a Kindle Daily Deal in January 2018, The Week, book of the week in “Review of Reviews” section Building on portraits of combatants on all sides, Bowden delivers an anecdotally rich, careful account of the complex campaign to take the city. Yet General William Westmoreland, commander of American forces, announced a new phase of the war in which “the end begins to come into view.” The North Vietnamese had different ideas. Marines braved machine gun fire on open streets attempting to advance. 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 . This is as much a book about what happens to peoples’ hearts, minds, and bodies in the swirling chaos of urban combat as it is a history of a specific battle and an assessment of its strategic significance. Mr. Bowden undertakes this task with the talent and sensibility of a master journalist who is also a humanist and an honest man . Bowden . The commanders in country and politicians in Washington refused to believe the size and scope of the Front's presence. Hue 1968 is the newest book by best-selling author Mark Bowden. 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. . . 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. . Hue 1968 is also a nice break from the ever-present Spec ial Op eration s ’ story. Drawing on the series of articles he wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer's Sunday magazine, bestselling author Bowden (Black Hawk Down, 1999, etc.) The book shares stories from all … Anyone looking to understand what Vietnam was all about would do well to read Hue 1968. 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. . . An epic masterpiece of heroism and sacrifice, and a testament to the tragic futility of the American experience in Vietnam.” —Booklist (starred review), “Excellent . Bowden takes on both roles and does it well. ), author of The Lost Battalion of Tet, “Hue 1968 is, by far, the most comprehensive (and balanced) coverage on this battle I’ve seen. . . . . 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 . One of nine books on Rahm Emanuel’s summer reading list, Chicago Tribune Hue 1968 unravels one of the great mysteries of our time... Did the Battle of Hue end up as a victory or defeat? . . Suggestions ... During the Vietnamese New Year, Tet, in January 1968, thousands of Viet Cong insurgents launched the war’s largest coordinated attack yet, ... the U.S.-backed South Vietnamese government burned himself to death in full view of news photographers in the city of Hue. In mid-1967, the leadership in Hanoi had started planning an offensive intended to win the war in a single stroke. . . In Hue 1968, Bowden masterfully reconstructs this pivotal moment in the American war in Vietnam. Bowden provides compelling insight into the North’s infiltration of South Vietnamese society and to the North’s planning and execution of the incursion—and how the South’s failure to support the invasion helped defeat it . . . They were unfazed by waves of counter-attackers, Vietnamese and American soldiers, but mostly Marines rushed in to defeat them. 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. In Hue 1968, we read about humanity placed in a crucible, out of which comes both refined steel and slag. #14, New York Times Combined Print & Ebook Nonfiction (8/6/2017) Before 1968, the Vietnam War had been largely supported across the United States. 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. . 1 likes. 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. ©2021, GROVE ATLANTIC, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. . Bowden’s account of the battle delivers gut punches from start to finish . 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.” . The emperors continued to reside in Hue, but were excluded from events of national importance. . For readers who care little about military strategy or precisely how each combatant died, Bowden offers copious context about why it matters what occurred in Vietnam at the beginning of 1968—why it mattered so much then, and why it matters so much in 2017 . only thru factual accounts is there hope of non-repitition. . 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 . . The answer depends on who’s asking and who’s telling. He has an ear for the voices of suffering, of loss and pain; of fear and courage, of hope and frustration. 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 . . When it ended, the American debate was never again about winning, only about how to leave. #10 New York Times combined hardcover & ebook bestseller (7/9/2017) . Hue 1968 shows the enormous challenges facing both sides and how they overcame them, or tried to. A reader can’t help but think how he might have responded had he found himself in the battle. From Black Hawk Down to his new book on the Vietnam War, Bowden is known for his insightful writing about conflicts. . Like “All had had close calls. This event was part of the [Chicago Tribune] Printers Row Lit Fest, held annually in the city. An ALA Notable Book of the Year 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 . 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. 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. The Korean nuclear crisis, and western involvement in the conflicts of the Middle East, make this battle as relevant now as it was nearly 50 years ago. . Published June 6th 2017 by Atlantic Monthly Press. A brilliant work that's a must-read for any Vietnam buffs. 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. . Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. . . The answer depends on who's asking and who's telling. 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. 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. An Amazon best history book of 2017 so far . . 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. An Amazon Best Book of the Month in the history category for June 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. 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. Most impressive of all, Bowden deftly blends clear descriptions of complex troop movements with careful attention to the human impact of the fighting . 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. #12 Indie bestseller (6/11/2017) Bowden offers no ideology. By Mark Bowden. #9 New York Times bestseller (6/25/2017) 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 more. Many saw it as a just, and winnable war. 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. #12 New York Times Combined Print & Ebook Nonfiction bestseller (7/23/2017)  It is a riveting account, certain to become a motion picture, of valor, heroism, rank foolhardiness, and unshakable camaraderie . . 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 more. . He has also captured the first-hand experiences of the journalists who closely covered the weeks of fighting that it would take to recapture the city. It's a testament to how far Vietnam historiography has come that Bowden, rather than lapsing into polemic or revisionism, achieves something like balance; he's able to square the courage of the Marines and the Communists' tactical failure with the simple fact that Tet, and Hue, were emblematic of a war that American policymakers misunderstood from the beginning, and never failed to prosecute incorrectly - at great cost to their own men and the Vietnamese they were ostensibly protecting. Very few books about the Vietnam War aimed at a general audience paint a nuanced portrait of America’s enemy. This kind of fine-tuned detail—and sense of mystery—is the soul of a good historical account . With a novelist’s eye for evoking the grim atmospherics of a hellish locale and the characters within it, Bowden reconstructs dozens of scenes of heart-pounding combat . 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. . The commanders in country and politicians in Washington refused to believe the size and scope of the Front’s presence. Bestselling Bowden views this struggle through the experiences and recollections of combatants from both sides . 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. . . 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 . The book is a powerful portrayal of what happens when America’s Battlestar Galactica military might is applied to a conflict without any accompanying political solution. A Publishers Lunch top 10 nonfiction book of the year . Buy a discounted Paperback of Summary Bundle for History Buffs Fastreads online from Australia's leading online bookstore. . . . . Bowden, through myriad interviews, comprehensive documentary research, and painstaking cross-checking, tells this story of war, betrayal, hubris and idealism . 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. . Not the least of the book’s virtues is its author’s staunch refusal to speak in terms of heroes and villains . #13 New York Times nonfiction bestseller (7/16/2017) . #12, ABA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/6/2017) 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.” —Brigadier General Mike Downs, USMC (ret. . I urged several friends as well as my wife’s book club to read this book. 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 . 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. . Hue 1968 is a gripping and moving account of this pivotal moment. Bowden employs the multifaceted immediacy of his other works to. He saw it and lived it, up close and personal. 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. . Not since his #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down has Mark Bowden written a book about a battle. With Caroline Koziol. 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. . . This was the third year of Preside. Mark Bowden is the author of thirteen books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down. 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 . 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