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. "―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. "―Kirkus Reviews (starred review), "An epic masterpiece of heroism and sacrifice, and a testament to the tragic futility of the American experience in Vietnam. This is an excellent book about a decisive battle in the Vietnam war that I had never really known much about despite reading several books about the war. However Nolan did the topic justice when he wrote it. pp. "―Courier-Journal (Louisville), "An extraordinary account of the most important and costly battle of the Vietnam War. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 4, 2018. Word passed quickly from foxhole to foxhole that they were going. 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. . Stackpole Books. . Mr. Bowden has done a superb job of telling the story as he did with “Blackhawk Down.” A must read for any historian as well as history buff. . had made the trip safely, and that his men had picked up the shipment. It was the first glimmer of hope in two days. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Bowden includes personal accounts from all levels and both the allied and communist sides. . . (Rick Merron / AP) The Battle of Hue City rates right up there with some of the greatest battles the Marines have ever fought, Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2017. Abstract (Summary) Lieuenant Colonel Karl J. Fontenot, the tank battalion commander, recalled: We had four tanks that were due to go into the city of Hue that morning that Hue fell, to load onto LCUs to go on up to Dong Ha. I went back to Hue last year and visited the old imperial capital. . He stayed behind as Ngu set off. On January 31st 1968 I was with Echo battery2/11 in Phu Bai, the night the TET offensive started. In memory of all those who died on both sides and including the countless civilians. When I walked down Le Loi street, I was overcome with emotion thinking of the Marines that were wounded and killed in that city. . To see what your friends thought of this book. 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. Mark Bowden is an outstanding writer. . 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. There was a problem loading your book clubs. I hope some day to go back to Vietnam and visit Hue. . . ?Not enough to get drunk,? . I've accidentally read most of Mark Bowdens work. . This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. . . . . . It encompass the feelings and experiences of soldiers from both sides and details the horrors they and the civilians caught up in this, endured. Anything was better than waiting in that hole trying to figure out what to think about in his last moments on earth. 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. Through searing personal accounts of many on both sides who were there, Mark Bowden reveals the intensity of the fighting. He staggered and bellowed and waved to the guards, offering them his presents, and pleading with them to let him pass quickly, ?Because I am drunk and I?m worried I?m not going to get to Hue on time, and my wife will kill me. . . Winner of the 2018 Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Greene Award for a distinguished work of nonfiction. 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 . The book offers so much more than that, however. Yes, it is easier (being a Monday morning quarterback) with the passage of time, with newer, after the action information readily available these days for referencing regarding Tet. "―Karl Marlantes, Wall Street Journal, "A remarkable book. However he still slips into a language of calling the VC 'the enemy' and so it is clear where his final.allegiance resides. It moved him from fear to acceptance. . "―Elizabeth Becker, author of When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution, "A detailed, multifaceted account. In 26 days of fighting, the ARVN lost 384 men killed, more than 1,800 wounded, and 30 missing. 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. . "―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. It pulls no punches in the way it lays blame for mind numbing crazy decisions at the feet of glory hunting military leaders and career focused politicians (on both sides) all paid for with the lives of others. Mr. Bowden undertakes this task with the talent and sensibility of a master journalist who is also a humanist and an honest man . How-To Tutorials; Suggestions; Machine Translation Editions; Noahs Archive Project; About Us. ), "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. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. [Hue 1968] is likely to claim a place on the shelf of essential books about the Vietnam War. Marines In Hue City documents the intense urban combat in Hue with many never-before-published photographs, including more than one hundred in … Bowden’s attention to detail is flawless . If ever there’s a book to be read on the battle for Hue this is it . It reads like a novel even though is it made up almost exclusively of very personal accounts. The book is a mighty piece of work, and as fine an account of a battle as you will likely read. . . . Keith William Nolan was an American military historian, focusing on the various campaigns of the Vietnam War. He lends a sympathetic ear to surviving soldiers on both sides, as well as guerrillas and civilians, and gives a vivid account of courage and cowardice, heroism and slaughter.”―Bob Drogin, Los Angeles Times, “A powerful account of a critical battle in Vietnam . Relying on archival documents now available after 50 years, he also examines the considerations and decisions of political and military leaders at the highest levels. . Probably the only omission I could think of was the shallower depth of ARVN accounts and tactical analysis of their operations (and there are probably sound reasons for the smaller number of non-officer testimonials (especially) available from this quarter). Books Advanced Search New Releases Best Sellers & More Children's Books Textbooks Textbook Rentals Sell Us Your Books Best Books of the Month 1-16 of 47 results for Books : "the battle of hue… 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 . We are made by history.” So, this January, as we celebrate Martin Luther King... An excellent history of what may well have been the most savage, sustained combat the Marine Corps saw in Vietnam. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published More than anything, Hue 1968 is the story of the entire Vietnam War in microcosm.”―Michael M. Rosen, Claremont Review of Books. His emphasis on firsthand accounts gives a vital heart to the unfolding events . Combat Studies, Institute Command & General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas: The Battle for Hue, 1968. ", GREAT BOOK - you are there - with the Marines - street to street, Keith William Nolan was an American military historian, focusing on the various campaigns of the Vietnam War. Winner of the 2018 Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Greene Award for a distinguished work of nonfiction . I read a lot of books about Vietnam and Mr. Bowden goes into so much detail, that you really can put yourself right there in the battle. We’d love your help. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. There is no more complete, accurate and detailed book. Retrieved 2007-08-26. . Here he takes on a significant turning point in the Vietnam war. "―Foreign Policy, “An engrossing, fair-minded, up-close account of one of the great battles in the long struggle for Vietnam.”―Washington Post, “50 notable works of nonfiction in 2017”, "A masterful blood-and-guts account of the decisive battle in the Vietnam War . . . Played out over 24 days and ultimately costing 10,000 lives, the Battle of Hue was by far the bloodiest of the entire war. Here a Marine takes advantage of a lull to shave using a broken mirror and a bowl he found in a nearby house. Back in the day, when this book was written, not all the information readily available today was available at that time. Rarely do I give five stars but this was, I think, a very accurate description of a terrible battle fought by the US Marines during the Vietnam Conflict. "―George Petras, USA Today, 4 out of 4 stars, “In a 539-page narrative, Bowden delivers a work of grand ambition: impassioned, powerful and revelatory at its best, and the most comprehensive yet on the Tet Offensive’s bloodiest confrontation.”―Gregg Jones, Dallas Morning News, “Mark Bowden’s book Hue 1968 is a must-read. Nolan has mastered a writing style includes both negative and positive aspects of the subject matter. ^ Willbanks, James H. (2 October 2002). . "―Colonel Chuck Meadows, USMC (ret. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 14, 2018. what? He knew that any attempt to move would be dangerous, probably fatal, but that was okay with him. 31 used & new from $2.37. . Bowden takes on both roles and does it well. . To get the full impact of this photo find the original version in colour on the web. The answer depends on who's asking and who's telling. This kind of fine-tuned detail―and sense of mystery―is the soul of a good historical account . "―Dave Davies, NPR's Fresh Air, “[A] magnificent and meticulous history, which tells, with excruciating detail, a story that is both inspiring and infuriating . "―Steve Weinberg, Philadelphia Inquirer, "Dazzling . The Battle for Hue, part of the Tet offensive, started with an assault by communist forces in the wee hours of Jan. 30, 1968. of valor, heroism, rank foolhardiness, and unshakable camaraderie . 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 … His force now was ready, armed. Nolan has mastered a writing style includes both negative and positive aspects of the subject matter. "...I can assure you, the Marines and only the Marines won the battle of Hue. . . You will find the reading gripping. Please try again. He?d rather die trying to live. One of the Wall Street Journal's top 10 nonfiction books of 2017, One of the Washington Post’s 50 notable works of nonfiction in 2017, Longlisted for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in nonfiction, A Christian Science Monitor, Kirkus Reviews, Military Times, Hudson Booksellers, and Chicago Public Library best book of the year, "An extraordinary feat of journalism . Start by marking “Battle for Hue: Tet 1968” as Want to Read: Error rating book. And now came this: They might get away! Welcome back. Surely to be an historical standard for the recollection of that Tet 1968 battle. On the appointed day, early in January, Quang left the city with Ngu to supervise the loading. "―Brigadier General Mike Downs, USMC (ret. "With nearly half a century of hindsight, Hue deserves to be widely remembered as the single bloodiest battle of the war, one of its defining events, and one of the most intense urban battles in American history," writes Mark Bowden, author of the 2017 book "Hue 1968." A powerful piece of journalism.”―David Kindy, Providence Journal, “An outstanding work of reportage and storytelling.”―Paul Davis, Washington Times, “[A] master storyteller.”―John David, Decatur Daily, “Bowden interviewed people on both sides, to great effect, and weaves a dense but compelling narrative about a battle that was a microcosm of the entire conflict.”―Alex Prud’homme, Omnivoracious, favorite reads of 2017, "A stirring history of the 1968 battle that definitively turned the Vietnam War into an American defeat . You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. he said, ?but enough to look drunk. ), 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. Nolan obtained a history degree from Webster University. Skip to main content. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Bowden revisits the historic battle with the same character-driven, grunt-level reporting style that made Black Hawk Down a bestseller. Medal of Honor citation There is an outstanding black and white photo of wounded soldiers being evacuated on the back of a tank in the book. That, along with a fluid. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, No Import Fees Deposit & $9.98 Shipping to United Kingdom. Books … ?Relief? 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, “I am still recovering from the astonishment and appreciation of the reporting and writing in Mark Bowden’s latest book: Hue 1968, a story of a single battle that encompassed so much of what occurred in that epic year of our history.”―Mike Barnicle, Politico, “A relentlessly immediate chronicle of the bloody, month-long centerpiece of the Tet Offensive . . ?Ngu?s face flushed whenever he drank even a little alcohol. Timely.”―Michael Morell, former acting director of the CIA, "For readers who enjoy learning about battle tactics and bloody encounters, Bowden delivers, as he did in Black Hawk Down. . Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. He had seen the man whose warmth comforted him in his hole through a freezing wet night lying stiff and dead. The Battle for Hue, just like the beginning of the Tet-68 offensive took everyone by surprise for it occurred on Jan 31, 1968 during the beginning of the lunar new year one of Vietnamese’s most scared holidays. Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam, the new book from Mark Bowden of The Atlantic, tells the tactical narrative of these events splendidly — … Stanley Kubrick's Reading List for Full Metal Jacket, New African American Histories and Biographies to Read Now. . The U.S. estimated that … Bowden’s coverage of the ‘other side’ . Superbly written with a clear narrative of a confused month long battle. Refresh and try again. Please try again. every page merits reading. . Back in the day, when this book was written, not all, Keith Nolan is without a doubt, my favorite author of Vietnam War Books. the book is full of emotion and color . . 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