Order Alert: HUE 1968

Check your holds and orders for Mark Bowden’s new book Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam (Atlantic Monthly Press; OverDrive Sample). Some libraries we checked are showing holds as high as 8:1. Other have not yet ordered it because it was dropped in fairly late and prepub reviews are just appearing (Kirkus, June 1 and Booklist, June 6, both stars).

Bestseller Bowden was on NPR’s Fresh Air yesterday, giving the book, which has already jumped on Amazon’s sales rankings, another strong push to #28.

Calling it “a remarkable book” host Dave Davies has Bowden lead listeners through the run up to the battles of Hue and some of the bloody experience of the fight. He also talks about the strategy and individual stories that unfolded during the conflict, as well as its disastrous outcome for both sides.

The interview runs nearly 45 minutes and in conclusion he says:

“What investigating this taught me was that, in fact, I think it was right to oppose this war. It was a mistake. It reflected a triumph of ideology over reality in Washington, this anti-communist ideology which completely ignored the realities of Southeast Asia and Vietnam’s history and what actually was happening there. And I think this is kind of a periodic thing that happens in American life, where, you know, these concepts of the world and America’s role in the world lead us into conflicts that – and then we collide with reality.”

As we have previously posted, the book is getting strong reviews and screen rights have already been sold.

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