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50 Years After Tet Offensive, The Olympic Secrets of Norwich

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Feb 3, 2018
  • 1:43:56

Reflecting on A Key Vietnam Battle After 50 Years Guest: Mark Bowden, National Correspondent, "The Atlantic," Senior Writer, Vanity Fair, Author, “Black Hawk Down,” “Hue 1968” This week marks 50 years since the start of the Tet Offensive, when the North Vietnamese launched a surprise attack on the city of Hue and a number of other sites. America and its South Vietnamese allies were caught flat-footed. It would take two weeks for them to regain control of Hue: two weeks of intense combat, street by narrow street. The attack happened on Tet – the Vietnamese New Year – and, as Mark Bowden writes in his book “Hue 1968,” “after Tet, the debate was never again about how to win in Vietnam, but how to leave.” Norwich, VT: A Winter Olympics Engine Guest: Karen Crouse, Author, “Norwich: One Tiny Vermont Town’s Secret to Happiness and Excellence” “The road to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, runs through a pocket square of a town" in rural Vermont. That’s the first line of New York Times reporter Karen Crouse’s new book “Norwich.” Somehow that tiny Vermont town of 3,000 people has managed to put an athlete on every US Winter Olympics team but one since 1984. There must be something in the water, right? But the truth is far more inspiring, as Crouse tells it.