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How One Bloody Battle Turned Americans Against The Vietnam War

Posted on · In 1968, the capture of the Vietnamese city of Hue by communist forces -- and the bloody battle to take it back -- not only changed the course of the Vietnam War, it also changed how Americans back home viewed the conflict -- and their government. Author Mark Bowden tells the story in his latest book.

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Full Show: World Series Preview, And Author Mark Bowden (Oct. 23, 2017)

Posted on · On Monday's Houston Matters: We preview the Astros-Dodgers World Series. Author Mark Bowden talks about how one battle changed the course of the Vietnam War -- and Americans' attitudes about the conflict back home. Plus Jeff Balke discusses all the other developments in Houston sports.

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‘Texas Blood’ Explores History Of The Borderlands Through One Ranching Family

Posted on · In his book, Texas Blood, journalist Roger D. Hodge explores the history of the Texas borderlands through the lens of seven generations of his own ranching ancestry and illuminates the brutal history of colonization, conquest, and genocide that dominated the West for centuries.

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‘Little Soldiers’ Examines Pros And Cons Of Chinese, Military-Style Approach To Education

Posted on · A journalist enrolls her son in the Chinese public school system and quickly discovers things are different from what she experienced growing up in Houston -- very different. Lenora Chu's book, Little Soldiers, examines the costs and benefits of the Chinese military-style approach to education.