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.
The Tet Offensive: A Concise Historyby James Willbanks – Columbia University Press, 2008
- The Myths of Tet: The Most Misunderstood Event of the Vietnam War by Edwin Moise – University Press of Kansas, 2017
- Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden – Grove Press, 2018
This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensiveby James S. Robbins – Encounter Books, 2012
The Tet Offensive: Politics, War, and Public Opinionby David F. Schmitz – Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005
Tet!: The Turning Point in the Vietnam Warby Don Oberdorfer – Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001
- Big Story by Peter Braestrup – Presidio Press, 1994
The Battle for Saigon: Tet 1968by Keith Nolan – Presidio Press, 2002
Hanoi’s War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnamby Lien Hang Nguyen – University of North Carolina Press, 2012 – Though not strictly about the Tet Offensive, the chapters on it are a must-read.