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 . This book is a tragic tale of misunderstanding but also one of great heroism and sacrifice by those who fought in the streets of Hue and in the nearby rice paddies and villages. Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam. 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. He felt a stab of hope, of exhilarating hope. That, along with a fluid writing style, added up to ten (eleven, counting one he co-authored) of the best books on Vietnam War military history. 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). He had helped carry the shattered bodies of the wounded to the helicopters for evacuation. Superbly written with a clear narrative of a confused month long battle. . This kind of fine-tuned detail―and sense of mystery―is the soul of a good historical account . fast-paced . . . . . Bowden’s attention to detail is flawless . Something went wrong. Winner of the 2018 Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Greene Award for a distinguished work of nonfiction . "...I can assure you, the Marines and only the Marines won 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 work hard to protect your security and privacy. "―Steve Weinberg, Philadelphia Inquirer, "Dazzling . ^ Willbanks, James H. (2 October 2002). 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. Played out over 24 days and ultimately costing 10,000 lives, the Battle of Hue was by far the bloodiest of the entire war. Start by marking “Battle for Hue: Tet 1968” as Want to Read: Error rating book. . There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. . Bowden’s excellent Hue 1968, however, gives us the clearest picture yet of what happened in Vietnam and in Hue, where today tourists casually … "―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. Skip to main content. 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. gives this book a richer texture, and more balance, than any of the earlier books on Hue . Vietnam Order of Battle. 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 . It turns out the force wasn't puny, but fanatical warriors who gripped their prey by the throat and wouldn't let go. This book is one of my favorites, as is another book of his "Battle for Saigon: Tet 1968." Hue 1968 is the new classic about America's Vietnam War. There was a problem loading your book clubs. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Absolutely brilliant insight on the battlefield from both sides, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 31, 2018. "―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 . On January 31st 1968 I was with Echo battery2/11 in Phu Bai, the night the TET offensive started. The egg baskets were planted with ammo. This shift in his thinking was subtle but profound. A very well researched book that give a detailed and very descriptive account of the battle but in a manner, unlike many war books, that is engaging and never dull. However he still slips into a language of calling the VC 'the enemy' and so it is clear where his final.allegiance resides. His emphasis on firsthand accounts gives a vital heart to the unfolding events . For his actions during the Battle of Huế from January 31 to February 4, 1968, Gonzalez was awarded the Medal of Honor. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. powerful . Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. When it ended, the American debate was never again about winning, only about how to leave. 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. 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. he said, ?but enough to look drunk. Atlantic Monthly Press; 1st edition (June 6, 2017), the book is painfully accurate about what it was like to be in Vietnam, Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2017. Battle for Hue: Tet 1968: Nolan, Keith: 9780891415923: Amazon.com: Books. The Last Stone: A Masterpiece of Criminal Interrogation, The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden, Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw, Guests of the Ayatollah: The Iran Hostage Crisis: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam, A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam, Last Stand at Khe Sanh: The U.S. Marines' Finest Hour in Vietnam, The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam, A Rumor of War: The Classic Vietnam Memoir (40th Anniversary Edition). There's a problem loading this menu right now. 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 . Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 4, 2018. To see what your friends thought of this book. Mark Bowden is an outstanding writer. ), Commanding Officer, Bravo Company, 5/7 Cavalry, 1968, "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. Although I didn't set foot in Hue at the time of the battle, we dropped some 155mm shells on the city. Same is true for "Battle for Saigon: Tet 1968. 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. I was a young marine and part of the volunteer group that first went into Hue at the beginning of the battle. Bowden revisits the historic battle with the same character-driven, grunt-level reporting style that made Black Hawk Down a bestseller. 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. Retrieved 2007-08-26. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The battle for Mosul in Iraq looks depressingly like Hue, albeit on a much larger scale. ?Quang waited back in Kim Do through that entire day. 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. . A very well written and informative book about the complex politics surrounding the Vietnam War, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 3, 2018. Winner of the 2018 Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Greene Award for a distinguished work of nonfiction. At a certain point he stopped fearing death or horrible maiming, he just expected it. This was a chance. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. . Very engaging. 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. Quang could see how nervous he was, so he suggested that he drink some of the moonshine. Through searing personal accounts of many on both sides who were there, Mark Bowden reveals the intensity of the fighting. . Back in the day, when this book was written, not all, Keith Nolan is without a doubt, my favorite author of Vietnam War Books. . Here a Marine takes advantage of a lull to shave using a broken mirror and a bowl he found in a nearby house. Surely to be an historical standard for the recollection of that Tet 1968 battle. . . . Informative,gruesome,frustrating and revealing all in one book. The U.S. estimated that … ), "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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. "―Courier-Journal (Louisville), "An extraordinary account of the most important and costly battle of the Vietnam War. Keith Nolan was the best non-fiction writer on 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 . . Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. And now came this: They might get away! . The U.S. Marines suffered 147 dead and 857 wounded, while U.S. Army units lost 74 dead and 507 wounded. The Battle of Hue became one of intense, intermittent fighting. He did not learn until the following afternoon that his ?Uncle? 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. . I've accidentally read most of Mark Bowdens work. . "―John Wear, president of the USMC Vietnam Tankers Association, “Powerfully told, and a vivid depiction of individual courage and national hubris.”―William J. Burns, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, “The definitive history of the battle for Hue . Here he takes on a significant turning point in the Vietnam war. . Bowden includes personal accounts from all levels and both the allied and communist sides. We kept saying "why is 2/5 having such a hard time up in Hue". [A] compelling and highly readable narrative . (Rick Merron / AP) You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. . Please try your request again later. 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. . "―Booklist (starred review), “The best history of the battle for Vietnam’s imperial city of Hue.”―William D. Bushnell, Military Officer Magazine, "In his monumental new book, Bowden . . every page merits reading. 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. . . Medal of Honor citation . Nolan obtained a history degree from Webster University. 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. Unable to add item to List. On March 2, the battle for Hue, the longest sustained infantry battle of the war to that point, was officially declared over. "―Mark Atwood Lawrence, Boston Globe, “Searing . Into the bottom went piles of AK47s, bazooka tubes, and grenades. "―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. This is the definitive account of a turning point in America's Vietnam strategy and in public opinion about the war.”―Wall Street Journal, “top 10 nonfiction books of 2017”, “[A] skillful, gripping account of the turning point of the Vietnam War.”―Christian Science Monitor, “30 best books of 2017”, “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. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. what? That, along with a fluid. . 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. Nolan has mastered a writing style includes both negative and positive aspects of the subject matter. . . Real victory could only come from the people. . . [Hue 1968] is likely to claim a place on the shelf of essential books about the Vietnam War. 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. Not since his #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down has Mark Bowden written a book about a battle. "An Excerpt from the Viet Cong Strategy of Terror". Little did we know that there were 4 regiments of NVA and VC in the city. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 14, 2018. Refresh and try again. . 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.”―Sebastien Roblin, National Interest, “Thoroughly researched and compelling . ), 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. . This book is one of my favorites, as is another book of his "Battle for Saigon: Tet 1968." Hell, I wish I had written it.”―Anthony Loyd, Times (UK), "Nearly 50 years after the battle for the city of Hue, this history reads as fresh as today's news . A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist in History. A very thorough, albeit at times, tedious account of the Battle of Hue. Stanley Kubrick's Reading List for Full Metal Jacket, New African American Histories and Biographies to Read Now. . "―Lieutenant Colonel Charles A. Krohn (ret. He had seen the man whose warmth comforted him in his hole through a freezing wet night lying stiff and dead. 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 — … "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." Hue 1968’s later chapters lack the diverse Vietnamese viewpoints featured in the first part of the book, both from the North Vietnamese side and … 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. He could hardly believe it. . . . 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. Building on portraits of combatants on all sides, Bowden delivers an anecdotally rich, careful account of the complex campaign to take the city. However Nolan did the topic justice when he wrote it. . The amount of absolute carnage on both sides is really unimaginable and the lies told by Westmorland compounds the insult to the memories of the young men and women who fought and died in Vietnam. . To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. "―Kirkus Reviews (starred review), "An epic masterpiece of heroism and sacrifice, and a testament to the tragic futility of the American experience in Vietnam. Losses were high. Hue 1968 is a gripping and moving account of this pivotal moment. He stayed behind as Ngu set off. It brings the war realistically to the reader as well as giving accurate factual information. Many lessons, including how government can lie and [the] role of an effective media in finding truth. . Though the jungle fighting of the Vietnam War has been closely examined, the in-city, house-to-house combat characterized by the Battle for Hue during Tet 1968 had never been covered extensively before the publication of this debut by now-well-known Vietnam War chronicler Keith William Nolan. By Raymond A Stewart. So he looked the part as he approached the checkpoints, and played it up. Please try again. . Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. We supported 2/5 at the time. The Battle for Hue, part of the Tet offensive, started with an assault by communist forces in the wee hours of Jan. 30, 1968. 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 . The first battle book from Mark Bowden since his #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down, Hue 1968, “an instantly recognizable classic of military history” (Christian Science Monitor), was published to massive critical acclaim and became a New York Times bestseller. . In memory of all those who died on both sides and including the countless civilians. 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 . wasn?t a strong enough word. The book is a mighty piece of work, and as fine an account of a battle as you will likely read. The answer depends on who's asking and who's telling. 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 … I hope some day to go back to Vietnam and visit Hue. "―Dave Davies, NPR's Fresh Air, “[A] magnificent and meticulous history, which tells, with excruciating detail, a story that is both inspiring and infuriating . Anything was better than waiting in that hole trying to figure out what to think about in his last moments on earth. Nolan pioneered and excelled at his own special brand of military history: the excellent combining of in-depth interviews with those who took part in the fighting and deep research into the official records. He had come to grips with that. Welcome back. . 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. I went back to Hue last year and visited the old imperial capital. And he does this very, very well. Nolan obtained a history degree from Webster University. It encompass the feelings and experiences of soldiers from both sides and details the horrors they and the civilians caught up in this, endured. I believe this was his first book, and it set the tone for his subsequent works. He?d rather die trying to live. It is a riveting account . The author had arrived in Hue to attend her father's funeral when the violence erupted and engulfed the city. He had seen two men, one of them his good friend, simply erased from existence in an instant. Hue 1968 shows the enormous challenges facing both sides and how they overcame them, or tried to. This book is a gritty appraisal of the ground level realities of the events relating to the Tet offensive during the war in Vietnam. . "Urban Operations: An Historical Casebook". This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. Most impressive of all, Bowden deftly blends clear descriptions of complex troop movements with careful attention to the human impact of the fighting . Battle for Hue, Tet, 1968: 9789992284452: Books - Amazon.ca. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. . Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read The Lost Battalion of Tet: The Breakout of 2/12th Cavalry at Hue. 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. . 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… 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. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Georgaklis had no … He knew that any attempt to move would be dangerous, probably fatal, but that was okay with him. Bowden tells this story with a power and a wealth of detail that no previous history of this offensive has approached. At the end of the Battle of Hue, 218 U.S. troops were dead and 1,364 were wounded. . As he saw it, the miracle proved the truth of Ho?s teachings, that the Party and the army were not enough. . As a very young child from my the comfort of my parents living room I was watching the daily battles fought on TV , but this book brought home the truth an ugly truth about America’s involvement in Vietnam. ", 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. Despite Nolan’s forthright purpose of using this book in an attempt at reversing the national image of the US soldier in Vietnam as a heartless war criminal, this collection of accounts works. 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. 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