Mark Bowden will present Huế 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Mark Bowden, #1 New York Times Bestseller of Black Hawk Down will Present his New Hardcover Huế 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Mark Bowden is the Author of 13 Books, including the #1 New York Times Bestseller Black Hawk Down.  He reported at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 20 Years and now writes for the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, and other Magazines.  He is also the Writer in Residence at The University of Delaware.  His most recent Book is The Three Battles of Wanat: And Other True Stories.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  Not since his #1 New York Times Bestseller Black Hawk Down has Mark Bowden written a Book about a battle.  His most ambitious work yet, Huế 1968 is the story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point in the American War in Vietnam.

By January 1968, despite an influx of half a million American troops, the fighting in Vietnam seemed to be at a stalemate.  Yet General William Westmoreland, commander of American forces, announced a new phase of the war in which "the end begins to come into view."  The North Vietnamese had different ideas.  In mid-1967, the leadership in Hanoi had started planning an offensive intended to win the war in a single stroke.  Part military action and part popular uprising, the Tet Offensive included attacks across South Vietnam, but the most dramatic and successful would be the capture of Huê, the country's cultural capital.  At 2:30 a.m. on January 31, 10,000 National Liberation Front troops descended from hidden camps and surged across the city of 140,000.  By morning, all of Hue was in Front hands save for two small military outposts.  The commanders in country and politicians in Washington refused to believe the size and scope of the Front's presence.  Captain Chuck Meadows was ordered to lead his 160-marine Golf Company against thousands of enemy troops in the first attempt to re-enter Hue later that day.  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 points of view.  Played out over twenty-four days of terrible fighting and ultimately costing 10,000 combatant and civilian 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.  In Huế 1968, Bowden masterfully reconstructs this pivotal moment in the American War in Vietnam.

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at 6:30 PM

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Event at Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Truman Forum, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Mark Bowden will Present his New Hardcover Huế 1968.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This is a Complimentary OPEN House Event.  Registration is Required at or Call the Library at 816-701-3407.  Rainy Day Books will have Mark Bowden’s Books for Sale at this Event.  Seating is General Admission.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Truman Forum
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
SKU: A9780802127006

AUTOGRAPHED BOOK: Author Autographed Hardcover of Huế 1968 by Mark Bowden.

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