In early 1968, Communist forces in Vietnam launched a surprise offensive that targeted nearly every city, town, and major military base throughout South Vietnam. For several hours, the U.S. embassy in Saigon itself came under siege by Viet Cong soldiers. Militarily, the offensive was a failure, as the North Vietnamese Army and its guerrilla allies in the south suffered devastating losses. Politically, however, it proved to be a crucial turning point in America's involvement in Southeast Asia and public opinion of the war. In this classic work of military history and war reportagelong considered the definitive history of Tet and its aftermathDon Oberdorfer moves back and forth between the war and the home front to document the lasting importance of this military action. Based on his own observations as a correspondent for the Washington Post and interviews with hundreds of people who were caught up in the struggle, Tet! remains an essential contribution to our understanding of the Vietnam War.
|Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press|
|Edition description:||Revised ed.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Table of ContentsContents:
Preface to the Johns Hopkins Edition
Preface to the Original Edition
I "THEY'RE COMING IN!"
II DECISION IN THE NORTH
III AMERICA ON THE EVE
V THE SHOCK WAVE
VI DEATH IN THE HUE
VII AMERICA THE VINCIBLE
Chapter notes, Acknowledgments and Sources
What People are Saying About This
"A valuable addition to the history of our purgatory... The reporting is bull's-eye accurate."
Oberdorfer gives suspense to history. This is what reporting should be.
A valuable addition to the history of our purgatory... The reporting is bull's-eye accurate.