Twenty years since his last battle book, Black Hawk Down, Mark Bowden returns with an account of the bloodiest battle of the Vietnam War in Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam. Over 24 days, the city of Hue was taken by the North Vietnamese and painstakingly retaken by the U.S., losing 10,000 lives in the process. Interviews and unprecedented access to war archives from both sides make this an intense piece of journalism not to be missed. Bowden will be here Tuesday, November 14 at 7pm to share this painstaking piece of history.
From our Floor Manager, Helen: This is a monumental book! 608 pages of soldiers' stories, generals' denials, and politicians' lies. First Bowden gives Ho Chi Minh's remarkable back story - his time in exile as a pastry chef in New York City, his letters to President Wilson and President Truman that were not read, and finally his rise to power. Then Bowden puts you on the streets of Hue with the soldiers at the front. They drop to the ground - shot in the head, shot in the throat, shot in the back. Bowden dedicates the book to Gene Roberts, the New York Times reporter who sent out an honest, first hand account of the battle. Heroic and heartbreaking history.
Mark Bowden will be in conversation with Jay Price, Military Reporter for WUNC-FM
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