Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
Mark Bowden. New York: Grove Atlantic, 2017. 608 pp. Glossary. notes. $30.
Reviewed by Colonel Richard Camp, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
Mark Bowden in his new book, Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam, has written the most definitive account to date of one of the most significant battles of the Vietnam War. Hue, the third largest city in South Vietnam, is located approximately 100 kilometers from the demilitarized zone (DMZ), which separated the two Vietnams. Bowden notes, “Hue was a city of both practical and symbolic importance. . . . As a center of Vietnamese culture, it had a significance that transcended the divide.” It was the former imperial capital and a major center of learning and worship—and a major target for the 1968 North Vietnamese Tet offensive.