Huế 1968

Huế 1968

A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam

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Interviews with participants from both sides of the conflict and materials from Vietnamese and American archives provide multiple points of view on each stage of the Battle of Hue.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780802127006 hardcover
0802127002 hardcover
electronic book
Branch Call Number: 959.704342 BOW
Characteristics: 610 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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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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Spokoj
Oct 01, 2017

A thorough history of the bloodiest battle during the American war in Vietnam. The book discussed in great detail the hubris on both sides that led to this disaster for the citizens of Hue. I didn't realize how Stalingrad-like the street to street fighting was. I got drafted into the Army in 1969 and carried the images of this battle in my head when I was shipped out as an infantryman to Vietnam. The hawks in this country who talk glibly about going to war with North Korea need to read this book.

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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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