Hue 1968 by Mark Bowden

Hue 1968

By Mark Bowden

  • Publication Date: 2017-06-06
  • Genre: Military
4 Score: 4 (From 36 Ratings)

Book Overview

New York Times Bestseller
A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist in History

"An extraordinary feat of journalism . . . full of emotion and color."—Karl Marlantes, Wall Street Journal

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. 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.

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Recent Reviews

  • Another Bowden Masterpiece

    5
    By Jagindycar
    Marc Bowden has done it again. His skill of taking the reader from the days prior to Tet, to the battle itself and its conclusion, interspersed with introduction of all the main participants from both sides was cleverly done. Although I was always interested in reading about American involvement in all wars, I was hesitant at first about reading a whole book about one battle. But I’m so glad I read it. These are facts unfortunately not taught today about this month long battle, about the casualties on both sides, then and for those who survived. Kudos to Marc and to all those who were there who helped tell their story.
  • Hue 1968

    4
    By Cooleydav
    Great book but I way overpriced at thirty dollars for a digital download. Most I have ever paid for any book. I was looking at his other books and they are all in the 17 dollar range. No thanks.
  • Hue 1968

    5
    By Wsarge
    I was Navy Fleet Marine Corpsman in Viet Nam, November 1966-December 1967 with Bravo 1/7 1st Marine Division. I was in the middle of every bad place south of Chu Lai, then SW of DaNang. When Westmoreland gave his "Light at end of the Tunnel song" we all knew it was the train bearing down on us. Tet and Hue was that train. Mark Bowden's book, HUE 1968 is meticulously correct, and written with great heart. "There it is!" Dr.Wm Sargeant , Commander, USN (Ret.)
  • Kindle edition -> $9.50

    1
    By mrollins
    Kindle is 1/3 of the price
  • $30 for digital?

    1
    By Jelmedia
    Seriously?!? This book is only $18 for hardcover on Amazon. Bowden writes Black Hawk Down, and he can suddenly charge more than two times the average digital trade price for a story on Hue, that's already been covered more than a dozen times? No thank you.

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