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. In his most ambitious work yet, Mark Bowden, author of
#1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down
to writing the story of a battle. Hue 1968: A Turning
Point of the American War in Vietnam
centerpiece of the Tet Offensive, the defining military turn in one
of the most politically fraught conflicts of the 20th century.
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 points
of view. It was the bloodiest battle of the entire war. Played out
over 24 days of intense urban combat, it ultimately cost 10,000
combatant and civilian lives. After it was over, the question was
no longer about how America could win the war, but about how it
would leave it.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle and Seattle
University as part of the Civics series.