The degree of detail that Mark Bowden offers as he tells the story of the battle of Huê is mind-boggling. It’s an amazing piece of research. If this were not an achievement enough, Bowden manages to chronicle the battle from multiple perspectives including North Vietnamese and US soldiers as well as the thousands of innocent civilians, while placing the battle into the context of the painfully costly involvement of the US in the war in Vietnam. The details of the fighting were so thorough that it became challenging to follow at times, but it was definitely worth the effort. Huê 1968 is highly recommended for anyone who wants to better understand the bloodiest urban battle of the Vietnam War and the lessons of the era that we are well advised to heed today.

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