The Resource Huế 1968 : a turning point of the American war in Vietnam, Mark Bowden

Huế 1968 : a turning point of the American war in Vietnam, Mark Bowden

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Huế 1968 : a turning point of the American war in Vietnam
Title
Huế 1968
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a turning point of the American war in Vietnam
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Mark Bowden
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eng
Summary
"The story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point of the American War in Vietnam. By January 1968, despite an influx of half a million American troops and more bombs than had been dropped over Europe in all of World War II, the fighting in Vietnam seemed to be at a stalemate. Yet General William Westmoreland, commander of American forces, announced a new phase of the war in which 'the end begins to come into view.' The North Vietnamese had different ideas. In mid-1967, the leadership in Hanoi had started planning an offensive intended to win the war in a single stroke. Part military action and part popular uprising, the effort included attacks across South Vietnam, but the most dramatic and successful would be the capture of Hue, the country's intellectual and cultural capital. At 2:30 a.m. on January 31, the first day of the Lunar New Year, called Tet, ten thousand National Liberation Front troops descended from hidden camps and--led by locals like eighteen-year-old village girl and Viet Cong member Che Thi Mung--surged across the city of 140,000. By morning, all of Hue was in Front hands save for two small military outposts. The American commanders in country and politicians in Washington refused to believe the size and scope of the Front's presence. Captain Chuck Meadows was ordered to lead his 160-marine Golf Company in the first attempt to reenter Hue later that day. Facing thousands of entrenched enemy troops, he reported: "We are outgunned and outmanned." After several futile and deadly days, Lieutenant Colonel Ernie Cheatham would finally come up with a strategy to retake the city, block by block and building by building, in some of the most intense urban combat since World War II. With unprecedented access to war archives in the United States and Vietnam and interviews with participants from both sides, Bowden narrates each stage of this crucial battle through multiple points of view. Played out over twenty-four days of terrible fighting and ultimately costing more than ten thousand combatant and civilian lives, the Battle of Hue was by far the bloodiest of the entire war. When it ended, the American debate over the war was never again about winning, only about how to leave. In [this book], Bowden masterfully reconstructs this pivotal moment in the American War in Vietnam."--Jacket
Summary
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
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ALA Notable Book, 2018.
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contains biographical information
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10571085
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DLC
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1951-
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Bowden, Mark
Dewey number
959.704/342095974
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Hue, Battle of (Huế, Vietnam : 1968)
  • Tet Offensive (1968)
  • Vietnam War (1961-1975)
  • Hue, Battle of, Huế, Vietnam, 1968
  • Tet Offensive, 1968
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Urban warfare
  • United States
  • Vietnam
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adult
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the turning point of the American war in Vietnam
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Huế 1968 : a turning point of the American war in Vietnam, Mark Bowden
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Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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ocn982651024
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
610 pages
Isbn
9780802127006
Lccn
2017022809
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
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(OCoLC)982651024
Label
Huế 1968 : a turning point of the American war in Vietnam, Mark Bowden
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn982651024
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
610 pages
Isbn
9780802127006
Lccn
2017022809
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)982651024

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