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.