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. . . 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 . treats Hue as a microcosm of the Vietnam War. 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 . 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. . . . #14, New York Times Combined Print & Ebook Nonfiction (8/6/2017) . 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 . . I urged several friends as well as my wife’s book club to read this book. . 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. #19, ABA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/27/2017) He reported at the Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for the Atlantic and other magazines. . The answer depends on who’s asking and who’s telling. #12 Indie bestseller (6/11/2017) . I now recommend it to the readers of this newspaper. . . 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. 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. 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 . 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. Anyone looking to understand what Vietnam was all about would do well to read Hue 1968. His emphasis on firsthand accounts gives a vital heart to the unfolding events . The book is a mighty piece of work, and as fine an account of a battle as you will likely read. every page merits reading.” —Military Times, “A masterful blood-and-guts account of the decisive battle in the Vietnam War . A reader can’t help but think how he might have responded had he found himself in the battle. He saw it and lived it, up close and personal. 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. . . 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. 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 heart and soul of Hue 1968 lies with its vivid and often wrenching descriptions of the ‘storm of war’ as soldiers and South Vietnamese citizens experienced it.” —Glenn C. Altschuler, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “Mark Bowden’s book Hue 1968 is a must-read. This event was part of the [Chicago Tribune] Printers Row Lit Fest, held annually in the city. 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. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, and a 1973 graduate of Loyola College in Maryland, Bowden was a staff writer for The. Like never before, I’ve come to realize how narrow a perspective we low-level participants unavoidably had. . Bestselling Bowden views this struggle through the experiences and recollections of combatants from both sides . Not the least of the book’s virtues is its author’s staunch refusal to speak in terms of heroes and villains . . Bowden’s account of the block-by-block fighting between the Communists and the Marines is graphic, disturbing, and powerful . An ALA Notable Book of the Year In Hue 1968, Bowden masterfully reconstructs this pivotal moment in the American war in Vietnam. Bowden lays bare the gut-wrenching brutality of the nearly month-long fight for ancient Hue between American forces and the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong.”—Monte Whaley, Denver Post, “Staff pick”, “Mark Bowden uniquely describes the battle from both sides of the front lines and vividly captures the remarkable courage and valor of those that participated in the crucible of war that was Hue City in January to March 1968. Mark Bowden is the author of thirteen books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down. #14, SIBA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/20/2017) #11, New York Times Combined Print & Ebook Nonfiction (7/30/2017) Timely.” —Michael Morell, former acting director of the CIA, “Dazzling . One of the Wall Street Journal’s top 10 nonfiction books of 2017 Hue 1968 unravels one of the great mysteries of our time... Did the Battle of Hue end up as a victory or defeat? #5, SIBA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/13/2017) 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.” . . 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. 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 . Published June 6th 2017 by Atlantic Monthly Press. Mark Bowden is the author of thirteen books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down . 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. . This, also, is a heck of a story, and—depending on your perspective—a disturbing one.”—Times (UK), “Hue 1968 unravels one of the great mysteries of our time—how a puny force of North Vietnam regulars and local sympathizers could without warning occupy South Vietnam’s second largest city, hold it for a month, then disappear into the mountains, beyond reach and largely unbloodied. . 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. Hue 1968 is the newest book by best-selling author Mark Bowden. 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. 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. . . A day-by-day, sometimes hour-by-hour, reconstruction of events. What happens when advanced weapons are used in a close-range urban fight with an abundance of cover? 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. . . 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. 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. #20, ABA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/20/2017) Bowden’s account of the fighting is as descriptive and detailed as any war story I have read. By Mark Bowden. . 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 . . . . . 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 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 . 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. 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), … #14 New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction bestseller (7/23/2017) . Bowden reconstructs the battle with extraordinary skill and dexterity . . The commanders in country and politicians in Washington refused to believe the size and scope of the Front's presence. . Here is his recommended... Janurary 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of the “Tet Offensive” in the Vietnam War and the ensuing battle of Hue. . It was largely the result of one battle, for the ancient city of Hue, that turned public opinion against the Vietnam War. 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 . An epic masterpiece of heroism and sacrifice, and a testament to the tragic futility of the American experience in Vietnam.” —Booklist (starred review), “Excellent . Buy a discounted Paperback of Summary Bundle for History Buffs Fastreads online from Australia's leading online bookstore. . "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. Hue 1968 on IMDb: Movies, Tv, Celebrities, and more... From Michael Mann’s long career as a director, one of the films people point to as his best work is the 1995 crime thriller Heat, pairing the iconic Robert De Niro and Al Pacino together for the first time ever. 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. . Herr spent most of this period covering the combats in the imperial city of Hue, home of the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. . . Encontre diversos livros escritos por Fastreads com ótimos preços. They were unfazed by waves of counter-attackers, Vietnamese and American soldiers, but mostly Marines rushed in to defeat them. . Bowden . 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. Hue 1968 celebrates and commemorates all the men and women who fought in this harrowing battle . A Military Times best book of 2017 #12, NAIBA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/20/2017) #11 Publishers Weekly hardcover nonfiction bestseller (6/16/2017) . 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. Atlantic Monthly Press, $30, 608 pages. The North Vietnamese had different ideas. The answer depends on who's asking and who's telling. . 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. It turns out the force wasn’t puny, but fanatical warriors who gripped their prey by the throat and wouldn’t let go. Given especially the multiple armed forces involved in the battle and the sprawling cast of characters, this is no small feat. Hue 1968 is also a nice break from the ever-present Spec ial Op eration s ’ story. Surely to be an historical standard for the recollection of that Tet 1968 battle.” —Colonel Chuck Meadows, USMC (ret. . . ), Commanding Officer, Bravo Company, 5/7 Cavalry, 1968, “In 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. 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 . . the result of four years of travel, investigation and, above all else, interviews with those who were there. This kind of fine-tuned detail—and sense of mystery—is the soul of a good historical account . A meticulous and vivid retelling of an important battle.” —Linda Robinson, New York Times Book Review, “An instantly recognizable classic of military history . Hue 1968: A horrid, yet true and factual account Great narration. “A relentlessly immediate chronicle of the bloody, monthlong centerpiece of the Tet Offensive . . His most ambitious work yet, Hue 1968 is the story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point in the American War in Vietnam. [Hue 1968] is likely to claim a place on the shelf of essential books about the Vietnam War. . 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 . One of the Christian Science Monitor’s best 30 books of 2017 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. Very few books about the Vietnam War aimed at a general audience paint a nuanced portrait of America’s enemy. 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. 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. . #15, NEIBA Hardcover Nonfiction (8/27/2017) 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. . 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. About The Author. 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