Kennett Square Resident, Renowned Author Revives Vietnam’s Bloodiest Battle

Image of Mark Bowden via National Public Radio.

His words have awakened vivid portrayals of life on the front lines, from the Battle of Mogadishu — that inspired Black Hawk Down — to the war on drug lord Pablo Escobar, the Iranian hostage crisis, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and now the Vietnam War’s battle for Huế.

Inquirer reporter, author, and now The Atlantic correspondent Mark Bowden of Kennett Square has just released his newest book, Huế 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report by Tirdad Derakhshani.

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Bowden chronicles both sides of the historic Tet Offensive fight, and this story of the 24-day battle is also inspiring a visual recreation: a miniseries by writer-director Michael Mann.

“I’m … drawn to dramatic stories that, if you dig deeply, can be a kind of lens on the whole experience of the war,” Bowden said. “And the battle of Huế was the largest and the bloodiest single battle of the Vietnam War. I think it includes just about every element of the war in Vietnam, from our relationship with the South Vietnamese to the nature of the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army, to the politics of the war, to military strategy.”

Read more about Mark Bowden’s new book, Huế 1968, in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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