This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive
By James S Robbins
Why this book?
The Tet Offensive of 1968 was a massive failure by the NVA, but one American Journalist, Mr. Walter Cronkite, who was in South Vietnam during the early stages of this historic battle, and should have known better, declared to the American people that he did not know who won or who lost, and that our best hope for the outcome of this war would be stalemate. Most Americans, safe at home in their living rooms, believed what he said, which was easy considering the media’s video images of dead American soldiers coming home in body bags in unprecedented numbers. Thus, the terrible outcome of that war became inevitable. Through exhaustive research, historian James Robbins proves that Cronkite was dead wrong. This is my favorite book about the Vietnam War because I was there, on the “tip of the spear” leading U. S. Marines in the Battle for Hue City, the ancient Imperial Capital of Vietnam, and the primary target in the enemy’s onslaught. I was an eye-witness to the carnage that resulted in the deaths of too many of my Marines, and the terrible wounds many others sustained. Even though our chain of command and civilian leaders forced us to fight with our hands tied behind our backs in that battle for political reasons., we ultimately overcame tremendous adversity and soundly defeated our enemy.
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