Reported and Interpreted the Crisis of Tet 1968 in Vietnam and

Washington. Abridged ed. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University

Press, 1983. 613 pp.

American media coverage of the Communist Tet Offensive, in 1968,

reported that it was a disaster. This reporting eventually led to the

downfall of President Johnson and changed the course of the war.

Braestrup examines that media coverage in this work. He points out

that historians conclude that Tet was a disaster for Hanoi because popular support for the people’s war was never gained in South

Vietnam as expected. Braestrup details the press and television

coverage of the events and where the media erred. This work was

first published in two volumes (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press,

1977, 1,466 pp). The work is illustrated.