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The Beginning of the End

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A DETAILED ACCOUNT OF THE BATTLE OF HUE AND ITS CONSEQUENCES FOR THE AMERICAN WAR IN VIETNAM.

“Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam”

By Mark Bowden

610 pages. $30.

Mark Bowden, the author of the best-selling “Black Hawk Down,” applies his signature blend of deep reportage and character-driven storytelling to bring readers a fresh look at the 1968 battle in the Vietnamese city of Hue. This compelling and highly readable narrative relies significantly on first-person accounts from American servicemen and Vietnamese soldiers, guerrillas and civilians. Bowden was able to report on the Vietnamese with the help of two translator-researchers and a

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