The Cat From Hué

The Cat From Hué

A Vietnam War Story

Book - 2002
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Winner of the Overseas Press Club Cornelius Ryan Award

John Laurence covered the Vietnam war for CBS News from its early days, through the bloody battle of Hue in 1968, to the Cambodian invasion. He was judged by his colleagues to be the best television reporter of the war, however, the traumatic stories Laurence covered became a personal burden that he carried long after the war was over.

In this evocative, unflinching memoir, laced with humor, anger, love, and the unforgettable story of Méo, a cat rescued from the battle of Hue, Laurence recalls coming of age during the war years as a journalist and as a man. Along the way, he clarifies the murky history of the war and the role that journalists played in altering its course.

The Cat from Hué has earned passionate acclaim from many of the most renowned journalists and writers about the war, as well as from military officers and war veterans, book reviewers, and readers. This book will stand with Michael Herr's Dispatches , Philip Caputo's A Rumor of War , and Neil Sheehan's A Bright, Shining Lie as one of the best books ever written about Vietnam-and about war generally.

Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781586481605
1586481606
9781891620317
1891620312
Branch Call Number: DS557.7 .L376 2002
Characteristics: 850 p. : map ; 24 cm

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Mitzi352
Feb 09, 2018

I am not interested in the military but I am interested in cats. I knew going in the cat would probably only appear at the beginning and end of this 800+ tome, but I took my chances, figuring I'd give up after 100 pages of "the war". But the author made this book quite readable by his interviews with all the people he met during his tours in 'Nam. So it wasn't just "bang bang" all the time.

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Blinkyfrog
Aug 28, 2017

Possibly the best book I've ever read on the war in Vietnam. It's not an exhaustive historical account but rather an up close, personal one. If you watched TV in the 60's and 70's, you will recognize Laurence. He reported for two major TV broadcasters and stayed in country a long time. He was present for several major engagements, notably Hue during and after the Tet Offensive.
I can't adequately describe this book, it's very personal, it doesn't fit a genre. It gives an unusual perspective of the war, one that's well worth knowing.

And the cat that Laurence writes about? ....It's VC.

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Rock_Shadow
Mar 07, 2015

Outstanding book! Every chapter was dense with narrative so captivating that I wasn't able to skip at all, even though the book is very long. I wished it was published in 2 volumes to make it easier to carry around. Some people found The Cat from Hue too detailed, but I would have kept reading it even if the book was twice as long. I also did find the cat fitting fine into the book - both to the beginning and the ending (don't want to use spoilers).

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