Huế 1968

Huế 1968

The Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam

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In the early hours of January 31, 1968, the North Vietnamese launched over one hundred attacks across South Vietnam in what would become known as the Tet Offensive. 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. Within hours the entire city was in their hands save for two small military outposts. American commanders refused to believe the size and scope of the Front's presence, ordering small companies of marines against thousands of entrenched enemy troops. 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 viewpoints. Played out over 24 days and ultimately costing 10,000 lives, the Battle of Hue 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. Hue 1968 is a gripping and moving account of this pivotal moment.
Publisher: New York, NY : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780802189240
0802189245
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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SEBoiko
Aug 05, 2017

The margin between life and the hereafter was tissue thin.

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SEBoiko
Aug 05, 2017

They could never let up, and forgetting that could be fatal.

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SEBoiko
Aug 05, 2017

Fighting the VC and the NVA had been like trying to swat a gnat with a sledgehammer.

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SEBoiko
Aug 05, 2017

Marines do not hesitate in combat.

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SEBoiko
Aug 05, 2017

Real victory could come only from the people.

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SEBoiko
Aug 05, 2017

The great hope of the Tet Offensive was that its very size and daring would trigger a surge of nationalism that would transcend barriers of ideology, class, and faith.

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SEBoiko
Aug 05, 2017

The idea was for the offensive to be seen as a popular uprising.

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SEBoiko
Aug 05, 2017

The Viet Cong were not the idealistic warriors of American antiwar propaganda; they were vicious.

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Aug 05, 2017

For all of these there would be a reckoning.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 18, 2017

"The pivot point was the Tet Offensive and this battle, its most wrenching episode. After Tet, there was no more conjecture that the war could be won swiftly or easily. The end was not in view."
"Black Hawk Down" author Mark Bowden's latest focuses on a key battle in the Tet Offensive, which Bowden contends was a turning point in the war. General William Westmoreland continued to be optimistic (Or outright disingenuous.), but Hue showed the American public and media (Walter Cronkite especially.) that this war was not going to be won, although we wouldn't actually withdraw until 1973. I expect we'll be hearing a lot about Vietnam in the upcoming months as Ken Burns has a massive documentary coming about. Other recent books about the war worth reading: "American Reckoning," "Kill Everything That Moves," "Tree of Smoke" (novel).

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jtbmsp
Aug 14, 2017

The Tet offensive I remember but I don't remember the horrible fight that we had on our hands there. Most of us don't know much about it because General Westmorland lied to the American people about what happened there. This book details the surprise attack and the takeover of Hue and the terribly costly fight to drive the VC out of the city. It's a fascinating read and a real eye opener. My hat goes off to all of the American soldiers that fought, were wounded and died there. Their courage against terrible odds is humbling for those of us who did not serve. Your story has now been told. Every American who wants to understand more about the Vietnam war and it's terrible costs should read this one!

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memoral
Jul 29, 2017

As good as "Black Hawk Down." A truly bloody battle that marked the beginning of the end of the American public's support for the Vietnam war. Stories from combatants of both sides add to the intensity of this work.

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