Hue 1968

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Hue 1968

Postby Daedalus » Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:12 am

The full title of the work is “Hue 1968: A turning point of the American war in Vietnam” and it is true to this as Mark Bowden (journalist and author of “Blackhawk Down”) provides a vivid account of this intense action from multiple view points and in fastidious detail. Bowden supports his engrossing narrative with some of the most iconic images to come out of the conflict, but these are not just window dressing. Bowden, as a true journalist, makes intimate links between these powerful images and the people and stories behind them. One particularly haunting image is of the damaged and wounded Marines laid on the rear deck of an M48A3 during the vicious street fighting. For me it brought to mind the classical Gericault painting “The Raft of the Medusa”. Bowden details the fate of some of these men and uncovers impossible reunions that occurred decades later.

I found this a compelling read on the basis of Bowden’s thorough research and recounting of a viscerally intense chapter in the Vietnam War.
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