The Long Gray Line

The Long Gray Line

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The first trade paperback edition of the New York Times best-seller about West Point's Class of 1966, by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Rick Atkinson.

This is the story of the twenty-five-year adventure of the generation of officers who fought in Vietnam. With novelistic detail, Atkinson tells the story of West Point's Class of 1966 primarily through the experiences of three classmates and the women they loved--from the boisterous cadet years and youthful romances to the fires of Vietnam, where dozens of their classmates died and hundreds more grew disillusioned, to the hard peace and family adjustments that followed. The rich cast of characters includes Douglas MacArthur, William Westmoreland, and a score of other memorable figures. The West Point Class of 1966 straddled a fault line in American history, and Rick Atkinson's masterly book speaks for a generation of American men and women about innocence, patriotism, and the price we pay for our dreams.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 1999
Edition: 1st Owl books ed
ISBN: 9780805062915
0805062912
Branch Call Number: History 355.0092 Atk

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SeattlePioneer
Jan 23, 2011

This is an often moving history of the United States Army as seen by those entering West Point in 1962, graduating into the war in Vietnam in 1966 and going on to live their lives in a troubled army and nation.

Quite a heroic story of men trying to make sense of their lives and duties in a raqpidly changing world.

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