I've accidentally read most of Mark Bowdens work. It turns out the force wasn't puny, but fanatical warriors who gripped their prey by the throat and wouldn't let go. Keith Nolan is without a doubt, my favorite author of Vietnam War Books. More than anything, Hue 1968 is the story of the entire Vietnam War in microcosm.”―Michael M. Rosen, Claremont Review of Books. "―Minneapolis Star-Tribune, "Bowden's excellent Hue 1968 . 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. Skip to main content. 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. 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. "―Tirdad Derakhsani, Philadelphia Inquirer, “Thoroughly researched, this epic chronicle takes the reader back to a time when America still saw itself as invincible―and acted that way . . Anyone looking to understand what Vietnam was all about would do well to read Hue 1968. "―Courier-Journal (Louisville), "An extraordinary account of the most important and costly battle of the Vietnam War. "―Mark Atwood Lawrence, Boston Globe, “Searing . . . This book is one of my favorites, as is another book of his "Battle for Saigon: Tet 1968." Same is true for "Battle for Saigon: Tet 1968. 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. We supported 2/5 at the time. Combat Studies, Institute Command & General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas: The Battle for Hue, 1968. The battle for Mosul in Iraq looks depressingly like Hue, albeit on a much larger scale. 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. Building on portraits of combatants on all sides, Bowden delivers an anecdotally rich, careful account of the complex campaign to take the city. Winner of the 2018 Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Greene Award for a distinguished work of nonfiction . In 26 days of fighting, the ARVN lost 384 men killed, more than 1,800 wounded, and 30 missing. gives this book a richer texture, and more balance, than any of the earlier books on Hue . every page merits reading. . ), 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. . . Bowden’s coverage of the ‘other side’ . "―Lieutenant Colonel Charles A. Krohn (ret. I hope some day to go back to Vietnam and visit Hue. . Bowden’s attention to detail is flawless . I went back to Hue last year and visited the old imperial capital. Keith William Nolan was an American military historian, focusing on the various campaigns of the Vietnam War. 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. Retrieved 2007-08-26. "Urban Operations: An Historical Casebook". Please try again. . To date it is the only U.S. Navy ship named after a battle in the Vietnam War. Try Prime EN Hello, Sign in Account & Lists Sign in Account & Lists Returns & Orders Try Prime Cart. "An Excerpt from the Viet Cong Strategy of Terror". He had seen the man whose warmth comforted him in his hole through a freezing wet night lying stiff and dead. . 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. 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 — … 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. 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. There was a problem loading your book clubs. . 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. It is a riveting account . 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. Mr. Bowden has done a superb job of telling the story as he did with “Blackhawk Down.” " (page 139). It encompass the feelings and experiences of soldiers from both sides and details the horrors they and the civilians caught up in this, endured. Through his scrupulous day-by-day reconstruction of this battle, Bowden encapsulates the essential lessons of the Vietnam War . Through searing personal accounts of many on both sides who were there, Mark Bowden reveals the intensity of the fighting. 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 … Welcome back. . And now came this: They might get away! . . 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. Here a Marine takes advantage of a lull to shave using a broken mirror and a bowl he found in a nearby house. . Find all the books, read about the author, and more. . . . . . . Keith Nolan died of lung cancer in February 2009 at the age of forty-five. Like never before, I've come to realize how narrow a perspective we low-level participants unavoidably had. he said, ?but enough to look drunk. The book is a mighty piece of work, and as fine an account of a battle as you will likely read. [Hue 1968] is likely to claim a place on the shelf of essential books about the Vietnam War. The book offers so much more than that, however. This was a chance. Nolan has mastered a writing style includes both negative and positive aspects of the subject matter. ?Not enough to get drunk,? This book is by the author who wrote "Black Hawk Down," and has a similar powerful impact. . . On the appointed day, early in January, Quang left the city with Ngu to supervise the loading. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. In fact, I was there. I was a young marine and part of the volunteer group that first went into Hue at the beginning of the battle. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 14, 2018. ), author of The Lost Battalion of Tet, "Hue 1968 is, by far, the most comprehensive (and balanced) coverage on this battle I've seen. Informative,gruesome,frustrating and revealing all in one book. The answer depends on who's asking and who's telling. ", 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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. His force now was ready, armed. Keith Nolan was the best non-fiction writer on the Vietnam War. Surely to be an historical standard for the recollection of that Tet 1968 battle. . "―Colonel Chuck Meadows, USMC (ret. . Very engaging. . You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. A very well written and informative book about the complex politics surrounding the Vietnam War, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 3, 2018. Bowden includes personal accounts from all levels and both the allied and communist sides. . pp. So he looked the part as he approached the checkpoints, and played it up. "―Brigadier General Mike Downs, USMC (ret. "―Steve Weinberg, Philadelphia Inquirer, "Dazzling . ?Relief? . 31 used & new from $2.37. How-To Tutorials; Suggestions; Machine Translation Editions; Noahs Archive Project; About Us. Hue 1968 is also an exploration of what is common to all wars: humankind's capacity for violence, cruelty, self-sacrifice, bravery, cowardice and love. Did the Battle of Hue end up as a victory or defeat? 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 . The egg baskets were planted with ammo. 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. had made the trip safely, and that his men had picked up the shipment. 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. He's a lovely read who enjoys the excitement of violent drama and is particularly adept at the multiple narrative situation. Although many South Vietnamese were killed and others fought extremely well, beyond day four of the offensive, their casualties were low and their tempo of operations can be characterized as 'remain in place, don't take more casualties.' Start by marking “Battle for Hue: Tet 1968” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Vice President Spiro T. Agnew formally presented the medal to Gonzalez's mother on October 31, 1969, during a ceremony at the White House. A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist in History. 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 knew that any attempt to move would be dangerous, probably fatal, but that was okay with him. . "...I can assure you, the Marines and only the Marines won the battle of Hue. . 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). Bowden takes on both roles and does it well. Mark Bowden is an outstanding writer. . . . 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. If You Only Ever Read One Book About Vietnam, Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2017. what? Refresh and try again. 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. On January 31st 1968 I was with Echo battery2/11 in Phu Bai, the night the TET offensive started. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. "―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 . . This shift in his thinking was subtle but profound. Although I didn't set foot in Hue at the time of the battle, we dropped some 155mm shells on the city. My outfit was 2/1, then at Con Thien, so I was only in Hue at the beginning and took no part in the serious fighting that came later. A very thorough, albeit at times, tedious account of the Battle of Hue. 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. . 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. With its capacious research that includes the perspectives of combatants and civilians, Vietnamese and Americans, presidents and privates, it epitomizes what a definitive account should be. "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." 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. . 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. Unable to add item to List. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Word of Honor is the fifth major novel by American writer Nelson DeMille and the first which involves the Vietnam War.It was originally published in 1985 by Warner Books. Back in the day, when this book was written, not all the information readily available today was available at that time. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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. He felt a stab of hope, of exhilarating hope. . (Rick Merron / AP) We kept saying "why is 2/5 having such a hard time up in Hue". 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. Little did we know that there were 4 regiments of NVA and VC in the city. Nha Ca's "Mourning Headband for Hue: An Account of the Battle for Hue, Vietnam 1968" is a graphic account of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War, as experienced by civilians that were beginning to celebrate the Lunar New Year. "―Brigadier General Howard T. Prince II, USA (ret. At a certain point he stopped fearing death or horrible maiming, he just expected it. . "―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. the book is full of emotion and color . . Battle for Hue: Tet 1968: Nolan, Keith: 9780891415923: Amazon.com: Books. It was an agonizing struggle to wrest the entrenched and well-supplied enemy from the Imperial City. . Time Magazine referred to it as "The Caine Mutiny of the 80s", while Publishers Weekly stated that it is comparable to the classic but has "wider implications". I believe this was his first book, and it set the tone for his subsequent works. Most impressive of all, Bowden deftly blends clear descriptions of complex troop movements with careful attention to the human impact of the fighting . 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. 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. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Stanley Kubrick's Reading List for Full Metal Jacket, New African American Histories and Biographies to Read Now. . His most ambitious work yet, Hue 1968 is the story of the centrepiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point in the American War in Vietnam. 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. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 4, 2018. Hue 1968 is the new classic about America's Vietnam War. It moved him from fear to acceptance. 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 . . 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. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Bowden’s excellent Hue 1968, however, gives us the clearest picture yet of what happened in Vietnam and in Hue, where today tourists casually … ?Ngu?s face flushed whenever he drank even a little alcohol. There is an outstanding black and white photo of wounded soldiers being evacuated on the back of a tank in the book. . If ever there’s a book to be read on the battle for Hue this is it . . . Winner of the 2018 Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Greene Award for a distinguished work of nonfiction. As he saw it, the miracle proved the truth of Ho?s teachings, that the Party and the army were not enough. . . Into the bottom went piles of AK47s, bazooka tubes, and grenades. Mr. Bowden undertakes this task with the talent and sensibility of a master journalist who is also a humanist and an honest man . 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