Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist in History
Winner of the 2018 Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Greene Award for a distinguished work of nonfiction
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 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. The lynchpin of Tet was the capture of Hue, Vietnams intellectual and cultural capital, by 10,000 National Liberation Front troops who descended from hidden camps and surged across the city of 140,000. Within hours the entire city was in their hands save for two small military outposts. American commanders refused to believe the size and scope of the Fronts presence, ordering small companies of marines against thousands of entrenched enemy troops. 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 U.S. and Vietnam and interviews with participants from both sides, Bowden narrates each stage of this crucial battle through multiple viewpoints. Played out over 24 days and ultimately costing 10,000 lives, the Battle of Hue was by far the bloodiest of the entire war. When it ended, the American debate was never again about winning, only about how to leave. Hue 1968 is a gripping and moving account of this pivotal moment.
Battle for Hue: Tet 1968
An excellent history of what may well have been the most savage, sustained combat the Marine Corps saw in Vietnam.
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Tet Offensive 1968: Turning point in Vietnam (Campaign)
Osprey's study of the 1968 Tet Offensive, which was the decisive battle for Vietnam (1955-1975). Masterminded by the brilliant North Vietnamese General, Vo Nguyen Giap, it was intended to trigger a general uprising in South Vietnam. However, the bloody fighting for Saigon, Hue and other cities actually resulted in a catastrophic defeat for the North. In this excellent assessment of the key battle of the Vietnam conflict, James Arnold details the plans and forces involved and explains how, despite the outcome of the battle, the American people and their leaders came to perceive the war for Vietnam as lost.
Road Work: Among Tyrants, Heroes, Rogues, and Beasts
From the author of Black Hawk Down comes a riveting collection of the most diverse and far-reaching of Mark Bowdens award-winning nonfictionwith fascinating features on Norman Mailer, the war against terror, and even a Philadelphia Zoo gorilla, Bowdens range is broad (Entertainment Weekly).
Whether traveling to Rhode Island where one of the largest cocaine rings in history is uncovered, or to the Luangwa Valley in Zambia where anti-poachers fight to save the black rhino, Bowden takes us down rough roads previously off-limits: the top-secret world of Guantanamo Bay; Saddam Husseins post 9/11 days on the run; a pimps inside track on police corruption in Philadelphia; and Al Sharptons campaign trail.
Bowden also invites readers along to meet a small-town high school football team, farmers who make bras for cows, the Rocky Balboa statue in Philadelphia, and on an inspiring trip to Disney World with a wide-eyed group of terminally ill children.
In Road Work, Mark Bowden fashions prose that reads like good fiction, with the bonus that his stories are true (The New York Times Book Review).
Astute character reading and solid research combine with ingenious and stylish prose: a superior portfolio from a journalist who stays at the top of his game. Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Bowden is unlike any other journalist . . . Superb reporting, a fine mind conceiving the story line, and a compelling writing style lead to something approaching immortality. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden
From the author of Black Hawk Down and Hue 1968, this is a gripping account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. With access to key sources, Mark Bowden takes us inside the rooms where decisions were made and on the ground where the action unfolded.
After masterminding the attacks of September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden managed to vanish. Over the next ten years, as Bowden shows, America found that its war with al Qaedaa scattered group of individuals who were almost impossible to trackdemanded an innovative approach. Step by step, Bowden describes the development of a new tactical strategy to fight this warthe fusion of intel from various agencies and on-the-ground special ops.
After thousands of special forces missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the right weapon to go after bin Laden had finally evolved. By spring 2011, intelligence pointed to a compound in Abbottabad; it was estimated that there was a 50/50 chance that Osama was there. Bowden shows how three strategies were mooted: a drone strike, a precision bombing, or an assault by Navy SEALs. In the end, the president had to make the final decision. It was time for the finish.
In-depth interviews with Obama and other insiders reveal a White House on edge, facing top-secret options, white-knuckle decisions, and unforeseen obstacles . . . Bowden weaves together accounts from Obama and top decision-makers for the full story behind the daring operation. Vanity Fair
The most accessible and satisfying book yet written on the climactic event in the United States long war against al Qaeda. San Francisco Chronicle
Bringing the Heat
In 1992, the Philadelphia Eaglesa team assembled in the image of their iconoclastic, controversial former head coach, Buddy Ryanwere known for their ferocious defense led by Reggie White, Seth Joyner, and Andre Waters, and for the otherworldly talents of quarterback Randall Cunningham.
Now was the time for the Eagles campaign for the championship. But as the season progressed, it disintegrated into an ugly flurry of greed, racism, violence, personal and professional feuds, one tragic death, and a very wild face-off in the stands between a players wife and mistress. By midseason, the sentiment of fans and press was the same: shut up and play.
A no-holds-barred account told through the personal stories of the teammates themselves, as well as the coaches, managers and owner, Bringing the Heat spares nothingand no onein a phenomenal feat of reportage, perfect for football fans coast to coast (H. G. Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights).
Overflows with stories of pro football dreams, of bravery in the face of injury. Yet it also unflinchingly tells of the darker side of life in the NFL: uncontrolled egos, ruined families, marital infidelity. The New York Times Book Review
There are now four mandatory books on football: Dan Jenkinss Semi-Tough; George Plimptons Paper Lion; H. G. Bissingers Friday Night Lights, and the hilarious, incorrigible son of them all, Mark Bowdens Bringing the Heat. Michael Bamberger, Sports Illustrated
Bowden pulls no punches . . . as thorough an account of a sports franchise as any fan, even Eagles fanatics, could want. Publishers Weekly
Finders Keepers: The Story of a Man Who Found 1 Million
What would you do if you found a million dollars? When Joey Coyle did, he was a twenty-eight-year-old drug-dependent, unemployed longshoreman living with his ailing mother in a tight-knit neighborhood in Philadelphia. While cruising the streets just blocks from his home, fate took a turn worthy of a Hollywood caper when he found 1.2 million in unmarked billscasino money that had fallen off an armored truck. It was virtually untraceable. Coyle? Not so much.
Over the next seven days, fueled by euphoria, methamphetamine, and paranoia, Coyle shared his windfall with everyone from his eight-year-old niece to total strangers to a local mob boss who offered to clean it. Even before news of the missing money made headlines, Det. Pat Laurenzi, with the help of the FBI, was working around the clock to find it. No one was prepared for how Coyles dream-come-true would come tumbling down, or what would happen when it did.
From a master of narrative journalism comes the incredible true-life thriller of an ordinary man with an extraordinary dilemma, and the complicity, concern, and betrayal of friends, family, and neighbors that would prove his undoing (The New York Times Book Review).
A miniature serio-comedy about life in the city. The Washington Post
Masterfully reported and artfully paced. Entertainment Weekly
A taut, fast-paced tale. The Baltimore Sun
The Lost Battalion: Controversy and Casualties in the Battle of Hue
In 1968 in South Vietnam, a U.S. infantry battalion was ordered to charge a fortified North Vietnamese Army force 200 yards away over an open field with no artillery or air support. The defenders had every advantage. The Americans started moving across the field just before noon, every man a target. By the time they reached the tree line at the other side of the open field, nearly one half of the 400-man battalion was a casualty. Nine long, agonizing hours afterwards, U.S. artillery units began support fire, although the units remained desperately short of ammunition. The entrapped men saw their fate: death or captivity. Help from headquarters was neither offered or available.
The following night the battalion commander decided to make a run for it. It was a gamble with high stakes. But the battalion did make it through enemy lines to a mountaintop where the NVA could not follow. When the Lost Battalion finally escaped encirclement, after nine hours with no artillery or air support, and 30 hours of fighting against an enemy that outnumbered them three to one, the tragic episode disappeared from official memory and relevant U.S. Army records--as if nothing had happened. Krohn tells the whole story--and it tells it with the words of those present. That some of the testimony comes from those responsible is remarkable.
The Three Battles of Wanat: And Other True Stories
Including pieces from the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, this collection is Bowden at his best. The titular article, The Three Battles of Wanat, tells the story of one of the bloodiest days in the War in Afghanistan and the extraordinary years-long fallout it generated within the United States military. In The Killing Machines, Bowden examines the strategic, legal, and moral issues surrounding armed drones. And in a brilliant piece on Kim Jong-un, The Bright Sun of Juche, he recalibrates our understanding of the worlds youngest and most baffling dictator. Also included are profiles of newspaper scion Arthur Sulzberger; renowned defense attorney and anti-death-penalty activist Judy Clarke; and David Simon, the creator of The Wire.
Absorbing and provocative, The Three Battles of Wanat is an essential collection for fans of Mark Bowdens writing, and for anyone who enjoys first-rate narrative nonfiction.
The 1968 Tet Offensive Battles of Quang Tri City and Hue - The Fight for the Triangle and the Citadel, West of Hue, Stalemate in the Citadel, plus Secretary of Defense History Excerpt
This monograph focuses on the battles of Quang Tri City and Hue that took place during the 1968 Tet offensive . The offensive itself, an all-out effort by Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces to overrun the major cities of South Vietnam, marked the turning point of the Vietnam War. Although the attacks were costly failures in military terms, they set the United States on a path of disengagement from the war that ultimately led to the fall of Saigon some seven years later. The battles for the two northernmost provincial capitals in South Vietnam, Quang Tri City and Hue, are particularly worth examining because the enemy regarded them as key objectives, second only to Saigon, the national capital . To a large extent, the success or failure of the offensive depended on what happened there The battles tell us much about how the enemy prepared for the offensive, why he achieved a high degree of surprise and initial success, and why his attacks ultimately failed The battle for Quang Tri City, a textbook example of a vertical envelopment, resulted in a quick allied victory. The fight for Hue turned into a slow, grinding campaign of attrition that lasted nearly a month before the enemy was finally defeated. Together, they offer instruction on the strengths and limitations of airmobile warfare and a primer on urban fighting in a counterinsurgency environment, subjects that continue to be a major Army interest throughout the world. Contents: The 1968 Tet Offensive Battles of Quang Tri City and Hue * The 1st Cavalry Division Moves North * The Assault on Quang Tri City * Enter the Cavalry * Target: Hue * A City Besieged: 31 January-1 February * Thon La Chu: 2-10 February * The Fight for the Triangle and the Citadel: 2-10 February * West of Hue: 11-20 February * Stalemate in the Citadel: 11-20 February * The Final Push: 20-25 February * Aftermath As a bonus, this reproduction includes an extensive excerpt about the Tet Offensive and the Vietnam War from an important DOD history book, History of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Volume Six: McNamara, Clifford, and the Burdens of Vietnam 1965 - 1969. This material provides the view from the Pentagon and Washington of the war.
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