by George W. Smith
Boulder, Co.: Lynne Rienner, 1999. xviii, 195 pp.
Illus, maps, chron., biblio., index. $49.95. ISBN:1-55587-847-4
Although essentially a personal account of the author’s part in the battle (he was an information advisor to the South Vietnamese Army at the time) The Siege at Hue
, is nevertheless a very good, often quite vivid historical overview of the battle for the ancient Vietnamese capitol during the 1968 Tet Offensive. Unlike many treatments of the operation, Smith accords considerable coverage to the South Vietnamese, who actually did most of the fighting.