Let’s Talk Books (12/??)

Tet Offensive

Though there are numerous details still debated among historians, the Tet Offensive is accepted as the turning point of the Vietnam War. The media is largely credited, in both positive and negative lights, for their portrayal of the battles of Tet. Called the General Offensive-General Uprising by the communists, they failed to hold any of the cities they attacked. Despite this incredible tactical defeat, they managed a strategic victory nonetheless as public disapproval in the US soared and President Johnson announced a halt to the bombing of North Vietnam.

In the same address, he proclaimed, “I will not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your president.”

These are peer reviewed texts from university presses, as well as popular press books. I’ve noted the publisher and publication year for each.