From Best-Seller to Blockbuster: Black Hawk Down and Hue 1968: Mark Bowden in conversation with film critic Michael Phillips
After six years of in-depth research and reporting, National Book Award-nominated author Mark Bowden has written his most ambitious work to date, "Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam." The bestselling "Black Hawk Down" author’s new book is the history of the biggest and bloodiest battle of the war, told from the American and Vietnamese perspectives. Academy Award nominated filmmakers Michael Mann and Michael De Luca have acquired the rights and plan to turn it into an 8-10 hour miniseries. In a conversation with Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips, Bowden will discuss the writing of this epic book and how his work translates into film. “The Battle of Hue,” says Bowden, “becomes a lens to the entire Vietnam War: the betrayed idealism, the lies, the strategic successes and blunders, the cruelty and waste, along with the undeniable heroism and sacrifice on both sides.” It was a twenty-four-day battle involving 20,000 combatants and resulting in over 10,000 deaths, of soldiers and civilians, making it the deadliest of the whole American War in Vietnam. Hue 1968 is a cautionary tale that resonates today. The Johnson administration’s approach to foreign policy was one of arrogance and hubris, underestimating its enemies, its own shortcomings—and it misled the American people. This fomented distrust among the media, and ultimately among the citizenry.
Saturday, June 10, 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Jones College Prep/North Auditorium/C-SPAN
Michael Phillips (Interviewer)
Michael Phillips is the film critic of the Chicago Tribune, and as a guest host on Turner Classic Movies he has introduced everything from “Citizen Kane” to “Escape from New York.” He appears monthly on the Chicago Public Radio program Filmspotting, and for WFMT-FM, he wrote and hosted “The Film Score: Music for Memorial Day.”
Mark Bowden is the author of twelve books, including Hue 1968 and the #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down, a finalist for the National Book Award. Bowden reported at the Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, and other magazines.