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. 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 . . 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 . The book is a mighty piece of work, and as fine an account of a battle as you will likely read. This kind of fine-tuned detail—and sense of mystery—is the soul of a good historical account . . An Amazon Best Book of the Month in the history category for June 2017 Hue 1968 unravels one of the great mysteries of our time... Did the Battle of Hue end up as a victory or defeat? 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. #11 Publishers Weekly hardcover nonfiction bestseller (6/16/2017) #13, NEIBA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/20/2017) . 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. This is grim storytelling at its finest; Bowden digs deep into the personal recollections of scores of participants . 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 . . 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 . The commanders in country and politicians in Washington refused to believe the size and scope of the Front’s presence. Not since his #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down has Mark Bowden written a book about a battle. I urged several friends as well as my wife’s book club to read this book. Frete GRÁTIS em milhares de produtos com o Amazon Prime. About The Author. He does this with a humanistic voice. . . . Hue 1968 is a complicated, tragic and phenomenal story – extraordinarily well told. . Search all of SparkNotes Search. 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 emphasis on firsthand accounts gives a vital heart to the unfolding events . . . #11, New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction (8/13/2017) Bowden . . One of the Wall Street Journal’s top 10 nonfiction books of 2017 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 book is full of emotion and color . Hue 1968 is also a nice break from the ever-present Spec ial Op eration s ’ story. Removing this book will also remove your associated ratings, reviews, and reading sessions. . New York Times Book Review, editors’ choice, “10 New Books We Recommend This Week” . . ©2021, GROVE ATLANTIC, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Em 1968, 13 anos após o início da Guerra do Vietnã, os vietcongs decidem atacar as tropas americanas. Bowden takes on both roles and does it well. His account limns many of the ambitions, delusions, and misconceptions on both sides—those of key decision-makers, military commanders, and ordinary soldiers alike—that made the war such a vicious and destructive tragedy. 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.” —Jane Ciabattari, BBC.com, “A powerful account of a critical battle in Vietnam . Bowden tells this story with a power and a wealth of detail that no previous history of this offensive has approached . the result of four years of travel, investigation and, above all else, interviews with those who were there. 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 . . 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 . . A stirring history of the 1968 battle that definitively turned the Vietnam War into an American defeat. Bowden’s attention to detail is flawless . Encontre diversos livros escritos por Fastreads com ótimos preços. #13 New York Times nonfiction bestseller (7/16/2017) every page merits reading.” —Military Times, “A masterful blood-and-guts account of the decisive battle in the Vietnam War . When it ended, the American debate was never again about winning, only about how to leave. 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. 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 . #5, SIBA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/13/2017) #6 Washington Post bestseller (6/18/2017) An engrossing, fair-minded, up-close account of one of the great battles in the long struggle for Vietnam.” —Fredrik Logevall, Washington Post, “Meticulously analytical and multiperspective . . 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 . . . Many saw it as a just, and winnable war. Hell, I wish I had written it.”—Anthony Loyd, Times (UK), “Hue 1968 will tell you all you need to know about the most deadly urban fighting involving US troops in Vietnam . # 15, MIBA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/13/2017) A reader can’t help but think how he might have responded had he found himself in the battle. 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. 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’s account of the block-by-block fighting between the Communists and the Marines is graphic, disturbing, and powerful . . 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 . 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 . 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). Bowden reconstructs the battle with extraordinary skill and dexterity . . The Tet Offensive, especially its success at Hue, put a lie to that propaganda. Timely.” —Michael Morell, former acting director of the CIA, “Dazzling . One of the Christian Science Monitor’s best 30 books of 2017 Mark Bowden talked about his book, [Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam]. . ), author of The Lost Battalion of Tet, “Hue 1968 is, by far, the most comprehensive (and balanced) coverage on this battle I’ve seen. The historical lessons that have a human face, that sicken our guts and tug at our heart strings, are more intuitive and more persuasive than dry scholarly formulations abstractly speculating about the victories that could have been.” —Sebastien Roblin, National Interest, “[A] master storyteller . . Like “All had had close calls. . . More than 40 years after it ended, America’s war in Vietnam is still contentious, still misunderstood, and fast slipping into the fog of history. . An Amazon best history book of 2017 so far These blinks explain this battle and its effects on US military strategy and American politics. . «Hell sucks» takes place in the Tet Offensive, launched by North Vietnamese Army and Vietcong guerrilla during the 1968 Lunar New Year celebrations. ), “The longest and fiercest fighting of the Tet Offensive took place in and around Hue in early 1968 where Communist North Vietnam suffered a terrible military defeat. . . A meticulous and vivid retelling of an important battle.” —Linda Robinson, New York Times Book Review, “An instantly recognizable classic of military history . The book offers so much more than that, however. . . . . 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 . . 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.' ― Mark Bowden, Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam. . . 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. . . . Herr spent most of this period covering the combats in the imperial city of Hue, home of the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. 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. #12 New York Times Combined Print & Ebook Nonfiction bestseller (7/23/2017) Hue 1968 is the newest book by best-selling author Mark Bowden. #14, SIBA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/20/2017) 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. #19, ABA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/27/2017) An Independent Literary Publisher Since 1917. I now recommend it to the readers of this newspaper. He sees what happened, and clearly tells what he sees, checks, and can cross-reference. 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 . . 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 . 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. . . . . One of nine books on Rahm Emanuel’s summer reading list, Chicago Tribune . . . 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 . Hue 1968 is one of the few . [Hue 1968] is likely to claim a place on the shelf of essential books about the Vietnam War. 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 . 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 . In Hue 1968, we read about humanity placed in a crucible, out of which comes both refined steel and slag. #7, SIBA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/27/2017). 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. Along with countless other vets, I too struggle as to reasoning for our participation in this conflict. A Military Times best book of 2017 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. It chronicles the battle for Hue City, highlighting both the heroics of those involved as well as the ways in which political leaders unnecessarily cost so many young men their lives. . One of the Christian Science Monitor’s 10 best books of June This is a detailed, precise view of the Vietnam war, Tet Offensive, and specifically the battle of Hue. . . From Black Hawk Down to his new book on the Vietnam War, Bowden is known for his insightful writing about conflicts. 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 . . The North Vietnamese had different ideas. . . Bowden’s excellent Hue 1968 . Many lessons, including how government can lie and [the] role of an effective media in finding truth. 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. 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. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Hue 1968… . 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), … 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 . 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. Equally, he has not forgotten about the Vietnamese civilians who suffered the destructive loss and regaining of their historic city. 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.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review), “This Vietnam story reads like a movie but it’s all true.” —Courier-Journal (Louisville), “the hottest books of the summer according to Carmichael’s bookstore”, “A riveting, well-researched text that I predict will win the Pulitzer Prize for history for 2017.” —Newbury Port News, “An extraordinary account of the most important and costly battle of the Vietnam War.” —Don McCullin, legendary photojournalist who covered the Battle of Hue, “In 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. ), 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. . Not the least of the book’s virtues is its author’s staunch refusal to speak in terms of heroes and villains . The commanders in country and politicians in Washington refused to believe the size and scope of the Front's presence. . In Hue 1968, Bowden masterfully reconstructs this pivotal moment in the American war in Vietnam. 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. The attention again shifted to Hue during the 1968 Tet Offensive. . #14, New York Times Combined Print & Ebook Nonfiction (8/6/2017) . . 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. 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 . Selected for a Kindle Daily Deal in January 2018, The Week, book of the week in “Review of Reviews” section Hue 1968 is a gripping and moving account of this pivotal moment. Bowden brings that history to life—and makes clear how painfully timely it remains.” —Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times . 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. 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 ebook – 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.. . Published June 6th 2017 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 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. By Mark Bowden. . 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. An epic masterpiece of heroism and sacrifice, and a testament to the tragic futility of the American experience in Vietnam.” —Booklist (starred review), “Excellent . It was largely the result of one battle, for the ancient city of Hue, that turned public opinion against the Vietnam War. It is meticulously researched (or appears so) with mini. 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. . . . 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. "The longest and fiercest fighting of the Tet Offensive took place in and around Hue in early 1968 where Communist North Vietnam suffered a terrible military defeat. . 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. #9 New York Times bestseller (6/25/2017) 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. By morning, all of Hue was in Front hands save for two small military outposts. There is a potent immediacy to his narrative, an almost cinematic vividness, and the momentum seldom flags, even over more than 500 pages. Not for the squeamish, the book does not glorify war, but honestly describes the reality of two opponents battling one another at close quarters. 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. 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. Storming the City explores these issues by analyzing the performance of the US Army and US Marine Corps in urban combat in four major urban battles of the mid-twentieth century (Aachen 1944, Manila 1945, Seoul 1950, and Hue 1968). #14, New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction (7/30/2017) . . Did the Battle of Hue end up as a victory or defeat? . 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. 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. Drawing on the series of articles he wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer's Sunday magazine, bestselling author Bowden (Black Hawk Down, 1999, etc.) #20, ABA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/20/2017) Given especially the multiple armed forces involved in the battle and the sprawling cast of characters, this is no small feat. It was a b. Janurary 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of the “Tet Offensive” in the Vietnam War and the ensuing battle of Hue. . #15, NEIBA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/27/2017) . He saw it and lived it, up close and personal. The answer depends on who’s asking and who’s telling. 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 nonfiction hardcover bestseller (7/9/2017) tells the comic but ultimately pathetic true story of a loser whose life turned upside down when he stumbled on $1.2 million. . . One of the most intense, visceral reading experiences imaginable. Hue 1968 is a story of incredible heroism. 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 . . Born in St. Louis, Missouri, and a 1973 graduate of Loyola College in Maryland, Bowden was a staff writer for The. Bowden’s coverage of the ‘other side,’ which highlights the extraordinary level of commitment and dedication of the Revolution’s foot soldiers, gives this book a richer texture, and more balance, than any of the earlier books on Hue . . . Mark Bowden brings it back into sharp focus in his powerful new book, Hue 1968 . Compre online Analysis of Hue 1968: with Key Takeaways & Review, de Fastreads na Amazon. Very few books about the Vietnam War aimed at a general audience paint a nuanced portrait of America’s enemy. Mark Bowden is the author of thirteen books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down . 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. . The book is a must-read for the military professional and their civilian leaders who send them in harm’s way. 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 . Not only are the personal stories Bowden uncovers at turns deeply moving and horrifying, but they also pose uncomfortable parallels with current events in the Middle East and Afghanistan . . . Hue 1968 is, by far, the most comprehensive (and balanced) coverage on this battle I've seen. To see what your friends thought of this book, Atlantic Monthly Press, $30, 608 pages. 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 . . . A day-by-day, sometimes hour-by-hour, reconstruction of events. . please sign up only thru factual accounts is there hope of non-repitition. Bowden’s account of the fighting is as descriptive and detailed as any war story I have read. #15, NAIBA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/27/2017) [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 . . . . 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