Hue Back When: the Bloodbath in Vietnam Was Us
Date Written: 29/01/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22100
A look at Mark Bowden's book "Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam", which provides a two-sided perspective on a particularly tragic moment in the Vietnam War.
Hue 1968 is a comprehensive account of that battle written in the page-turning style of popular narrative non-fiction. The author has assembled a cast of eyewitnesses who participated in the action, Vietnamese and Americans, and the battle unfolds in recollections mined from their interviews, and, for the departed, from other primary sources at his disposal, such as lengthy wartime correspondences. Bowden has properly set the strategic stage for his action in the context of the war's two most relevant contemporaneous developments.