That, along with a fluid. A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist in History. His force now was ready, armed. Something went wrong. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published by Presidio Press. Nolan has mastered a writing style includes both negative and positive aspects of the subject matter. The answer depends on who's asking and who's telling. It was an agonizing struggle to wrest the entrenched and well-supplied enemy from the Imperial City. . Medal of Honor citation "Charles Krohn's The Lost Battalion of Tet is the best book written about the U.S. Army's involvement in the Battle of Hue, and one that I found invaluable in crafting … . It encompass the feelings and experiences of soldiers from both sides and details the horrors they and the civilians caught up in this, endured. It turns out the force wasn't puny, but fanatical warriors who gripped their prey by the throat and wouldn't let go. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. ?Relief? When it ended, the American debate was never again about winning, only about how to leave. 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. However Nolan did the topic justice when he wrote it. Bowden revisits the historic battle with the same character-driven, grunt-level reporting style that made Black Hawk Down a bestseller. Be the first to ask a question about Battle for Hue. While giving due respect to the abilities, actions and fighting spirit of the U.S. and ARVN Marines and soldiers who participated, Mark Bowden brought clarity to the larger intelligence, political and strategic shortcomings that made the prosecution of this battle so much more challenging and costly than it needed to be. ?Ngu?s face flushed whenever he drank even a little alcohol. 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. Informative,gruesome,frustrating and revealing all in one book. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “We are not makers of history. 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. 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. powerful . There is an outstanding black and white photo of wounded soldiers being evacuated on the back of a tank in the book. . We supported 2/5 at the time. Played out over 24 days and ultimately costing 10,000 lives, the Battle of Hue was by far the bloodiest of the entire war. "Urban Operations: An Historical Casebook". 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. We’d love your help. This shift in his thinking was subtle but profound. He felt a stab of hope, of exhilarating hope. of valor, heroism, rank foolhardiness, and unshakable camaraderie . 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. . Through searing personal accounts of many on both sides who were there, Mark Bowden reveals the intensity of the fighting. "―Courier-Journal (Louisville), "An extraordinary account of the most important and costly battle of the Vietnam War. Bowden’s attention to detail is flawless . "―Dave Davies, NPR's Fresh Air, “[A] magnificent and meticulous history, which tells, with excruciating detail, a story that is both inspiring and infuriating . To see what your friends thought of this book. ^ Willbanks, James H. (2 October 2002). His emphasis on firsthand accounts gives a vital heart to the unfolding events . . Quang could see how nervous he was, so he suggested that he drink some of the moonshine. Anyone looking to understand what Vietnam was all about would do well to read Hue 1968. . [Hue 1968] is likely to claim a place on the shelf of essential books about the Vietnam War. The Battle of Hue became one of intense, intermittent fighting. Like never before, I've come to realize how narrow a perspective we low-level participants unavoidably had. ), author of The Lost Battalion of Tet, "Hue 1968 is, by far, the most comprehensive (and balanced) coverage on this battle I've seen. 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 . 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… ?Quang waited back in Kim Do through that entire day. If ever there’s a book to be read on the battle for Hue this is it . Through his scrupulous day-by-day reconstruction of this battle, Bowden encapsulates the essential lessons of the Vietnam War . The author had arrived in Hue to attend her father's funeral when the violence erupted and engulfed the city. More than anything, Hue 1968 is the story of the entire Vietnam War in microcosm.”―Michael M. Rosen, Claremont Review of Books. . Home; Books; Search; Support. . The U.S. Navy Ticonderoga class-guided-missile cruiser USS Hué City, commissioned in 1991, is named after the battle. . Winner of the 2018 Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Greene Award for a distinguished work of nonfiction. To date it is the only U.S. Navy ship named after a battle in the Vietnam War. This book is one of my favorites, as is another book of his "Battle for Saigon: Tet 1968." 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 . 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. 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. Mr. Bowden undertakes this task with the talent and sensibility of a master journalist who is also a humanist and an honest man . And now came this: They might get away! He?d rather die trying to live. . . . Bowden’s excellent Hue 1968, however, gives us the clearest picture yet of what happened in Vietnam and in Hue, where today tourists casually … 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 . . 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. Anything was better than waiting in that hole trying to figure out what to think about in his last moments on earth. [A] compelling and highly readable narrative . At the end of the Battle of Hue, 218 U.S. troops were dead and 1,364 were wounded. Building on portraits of combatants on all sides, Bowden delivers an anecdotally rich, careful account of the complex campaign to take the city. A must read for any historian as well as history buff. 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. Try Prime EN Hello, Sign in Account & Lists Sign in Account & Lists Returns & Orders Try Prime Cart. pp. . And he does this very, very well. 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 . 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. . . 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 memory of all those who died on both sides and including the countless civilians. 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 . He had seen so much in the past two days. Stackpole Books. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 4, 2018. Bowden’s coverage of the ‘other side’ . 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. Surely to be an historical standard for the recollection of that Tet 1968 battle. "―Elizabeth Becker, author of When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution, "A detailed, multifaceted account. The book offers so much more than that, however. . Back in the day, when this book was written, not all, Keith Nolan is without a doubt, my favorite author of Vietnam War Books. . . Keith Nolan died of lung cancer in February 2009 at the age of forty-five. It moved him from fear to acceptance. The U.S. Marines suffered 147 dead and 857 wounded, while U.S. Army units lost 74 dead and 507 wounded. . The Lost Battalion of Tet: The Breakout of 2/12th Cavalry at Hue - Ebook written by Charles A Krohn. They were unfazed by waves of counter-attackers, Vietnamese and American soldiers, but mostly Marines rushed in to defeat them. Bowden's account of the battle delivers gut punches from start to finish . 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. Refresh and try again. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. He's a lovely read who enjoys the excitement of violent drama and is particularly adept at the multiple narrative situation. This book is by the author who wrote "Black Hawk Down," and has a similar powerful impact. ), 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. Bowden includes personal accounts from all levels and both the allied and communist sides. Winner of the 2018 Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Greene Award for a distinguished work of nonfiction . 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 … The 1968 Tet Offensive Battles of Quang Tri City and Hue U.S. Army Center of Military History 103 Third Avenue, Building 35, Collins Hall Fort McNair, D.C. 20319-5058 We kept saying "why is 2/5 having such a hard time up in Hue". The battle for Mosul in Iraq looks depressingly like Hue, albeit on a much larger scale. fast-paced . Very engaging. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 25, 2018. It does a great job of explaining the thinking and motivation on both sides of the conflict and left me thinking nobody at ground level was either right or wrong. Please try again. So he looked the part as he approached the checkpoints, and played it up. . After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. A very well written and informative book about the complex politics surrounding the Vietnam War, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 3, 2018. 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. . 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 . It is a riveting account . Vietnam Order of Battle. Based on hundreds of interviews, news accounts, histories and military archives, the book combines intensive research with Bowden's propulsive narrative style and insightful analysis . . Here a Marine takes advantage of a lull to shave using a broken mirror and a bowl he found in a nearby house. ), 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. "―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 . There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. 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. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Nolan has mastered a writing style includes both negative and positive aspects of the subject matter. . Please try again. Little did we know that there were 4 regiments of NVA and VC in the city. 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. "―Jane Ciabattari, BBC.com, "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. ^ Douglas Pike. "―Lieutenant Colonel Charles A. Krohn (ret. the book is full of emotion and color . Combat Studies, Institute Command & General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas: The Battle for Hue, 1968. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. . On March 2, the battle for Hue, the longest sustained infantry battle of the war to that point, was officially declared over. Hue 1968 shows the enormous challenges facing both sides and how they overcame them, or tried to. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Absolutely brilliant insight on the battlefield from both sides, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 31, 2018. 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. I hope some day to go back to Vietnam and visit Hue. . It brings the war realistically to the reader as well as giving accurate factual information. 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. Real victory could only come from the people. 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. ), "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. To get the full impact of this photo find the original version in colour on the web. . 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. . Georgaklis had no … . "―Military Times, “An unsparing look at the Vietnam War and how it changed America.”―Monte Whaley, Denver Post, “Staff pick”, “Smart, well-reported and hypnotic in spots.”―Joe Gross, American-Statesman, “Hue 1968 pulls off a rare feat: it takes a conflict of terrible scale and consequence, and allows us to see it unfold at the street level, through the eyes of Vietnamese and American soldiers engaged in the struggle, journalists and activists observing the chaos, and the civilians caught in the crossfire . For his actions during the Battle of Huế from January 31 to February 4, 1968, Gonzalez was awarded the Medal of Honor. he said, ?but enough to look drunk. . 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