Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden

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Read Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam Online Free - Not since his #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down has Mark Bowden written a book about a battle. His most ambitious work yet, Huế 1968 is the story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point in the American War in Vietnam.
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." The North Vietnamese had different ideas. In mid-1967, the leadership in Hanoi had started planning an offensive intended to win the war in a single stroke. 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. 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. By morning, all of Huế was in Front hands save for two small military outposts.
The commanders in country and politicians in Washington refused to believe the size and scope of the Front's presence. 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. 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 points of view. Played out over twenty-four days of terrible fighting and ultimately costing 10,000 combatant and civilian lives, the Battle of Huế 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. In Huế 1968, Bowden masterfully reconstructs this pivotal moment in the American War in Vietnam.

Title : Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
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ISBN : 0802127002
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 608 pages


Duane rated it ★★★★☆

February 07, 2018

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 th...

'Aussie Rick' rated it ★★★★☆

June 27, 2017

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 Westmoreland for his fixation on Khe Sanh at the expense of Hue and he is also critical of...

Harold rated it ★★★★☆

June 07, 2017

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...

Steven rated it ★★★★☆

July 14, 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. Bowden relies on the same assiduous research, exemplified by his interviews with all sides of the conflict...

Steve rated it ★★★★★

June 11, 2017

“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....

Larry rated it ★★★★☆

December 09, 2017

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...

Richard rated it ★★★★★

August 22, 2017

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 more. 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 fi...

Steven rated it ★★★★★

September 05, 2017

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...

Ctgt rated it ★★★★☆

July 01, 2017

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...

Jim rated it ★★★★☆

July 24, 2017

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 more real to me since I had heard some of the stories when we visited...

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