Tet!: The Turning Point in the Vietnam War

Overview

Finalist for the 1971 National Book Award

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 ...

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Overview

Finalist for the 1971 National Book Award

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 reportage—long considered the definitive history of Tet and its aftermath—Don 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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
Tet! is a rare commodity in war chronicles and a book that justifies its own exclamation mark... A pioneering work.

— John Franklin Campbell

Wall Street Journal
The author's reconstruction of the battle ranks with the best war reporting of World War II and Korea.

— Frederick Taylor

Christian Science Monitor
[Oberdorfer] has written here a book which should take its place alongside the historical volumes about Vietnam of Bernard Fall and Robert Shaplen.

— John Hughes

Washington Post
It is essential reading for everyone concerned about the Vietnam war—and the making of American foreign policy... An important as well as a fascinating book.

— Anthony Lake

New York Times Book Review - John Franklin Campbell
Tet! is a rare commodity in war chronicles and a book that justifies its own exclamation mark... A pioneering work.
Wall Street Journal - Frederick Taylor
The author's reconstruction of the battle ranks with the best war reporting of World War II and Korea.
Christian Science Monitor - John Hughes
[Oberdorfer] has written here a book which should take its place alongside the historical volumes about Vietnam of Bernard Fall and Robert Shaplen.
Washington Post - Anthony Lake
It is essential reading for everyone concerned about the Vietnam war—and the making of American foreign policy... An important as well as a fascinating book.
David Halberstam
Oberdorfer gives suspense to history. This is what reporting should be.
John Hughes
[Oberdorfer] has written here a book which should take its place alongside the historical volumes about Vietnam of Bernard Fall and Robert Shaplen. —Christian Science Monitor
Anthony Lake
It is essential reading for everyone concerned about the Vietnam war—and the making of American foreign policy . . . An important as well as a fascinating book. —Washington Post
Walter Cronkite
A valuable addition to the history of our purgatory . . . The reporting is bull's-eye accurate.
Frederick Taylor
The author's reconstruction of the battle ranks with the best war reporting of World War II and Korea. —Wall Street Journal
John Franklin Campbell
Tet! is a rare commodity in war chronicles and a book that justifies its own exclamation mark . . . A pioneering work. —New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801867033
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 1,246,561
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Oberdorfer was a diplomatic correspondent for the Washington Post from 1976 until his retirement in 1993. His other books include From the Cold War to a New Era, also available in paperback from Johns Hopkins, and The Two Koreas.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents:



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

IV ATTACK!

V THE SHOCK WAVE

VI DEATH IN THE HUE

VII AMERICA THE VINCIBLE

VIII TURNAROUND



Afterword

Chronology

Chapter notes, Acknowledgments and Sources

Index

Maps

Johns Hopkins University Press

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