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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tet — Four Decades Later

Library Director Sam Clay recently interviewed Charles Krohn, the author of The Lost Battalion of Tet: Breakout of the 2/12 Calvary at Hue for BookCast, our series of podcast interviews with local authors.

Krohn’s 1993 book, republished recently as part of the 40th-anniversary commemoration of the 1968 Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War, is among a number of books on the intense military campaign conducted by the Viet Cong between Jan. 30, 1968 (Tet –Vietnamese New Year’s Day) and Sept. 23, 1968.

Tet is credited with turning the American public against the war. Krohn’s book recounts what went wrong during a six-week period in January and February 1968 during the recapture of the city of Hue when a U.S. infantry battalion was ordered to attack a North Vietnamese force of more than 2,000 without air or artillery support.

For other books on the Tet Offensive, see:

The Tet Offensive: A Concise History by James Willbanks

Marines in Hue City: A Portrait of Urban Combat, Tet 1968 by Eric Hammel

Platoon: Bravo Company by Robert Hemphill

Battle for Hue, Tet 1968 by Keith Nolan

Don’t Miss . . .

Monday, March 2, 4 p.m. Great Falls Library
Children's Author Laura Elliot. Laura Elliott will discuss the writing and history of her novel, Give Me Liberty. Attendees will learn fun colonial trivia about the little-known Battle of the Great Bridge and about the research and writing of the novel. Try out 18th-century greetings and folklore! Age 8-16.

Tuesdays, March 3 & 10, 7 p.m. Patrick Henry Library
Art in America. Interactive discussion of American art led by a Smithsonian Museum of American Art docent. The program will focus on particular artists, their paintings and their place in the spectrum of American art. Adults.

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