The Long Gray Line: The American Journey of West Point's Class of 1966

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Macmillan, Oct 15, 1999 - History - 624 pages
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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.
  

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Review: The Long Gray Line: The American Journey of West Point's Class of 1966

User Review  - Melinda - Goodreads

Well written, hard to read. The West Point Class of 1966 dove headlong into the Vietnam War and emerged scarred and scathed and shaken. Knowing the "end of the story", it is difficult to get through ... Read full review

Review: The Long Gray Line: The American Journey of West Point's Class of 1966

User Review  - Kris Veches - Goodreads

I know very little about the Vietnam war. This book is not about the Vietnam war, but is about the West Point class of 1966. The class that graduated into the war. I didn't laugh, but I cried often and learned a lot. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
PART I
7
Beast
9
Year of the Tiger
42
Year of the Rabbit
69
Year of the Dragon
94
Year of the Horse
121
PART II
151
Farewell to Arms
341
A Hard Peace
365
Dishonor
391
The Poplar Tree
420
PART IV
447
Walls
449
Urgent Fury
481
Firebase
506

Ranger
153
Benning
176
United Hearts and Minds
200
Eight Seven Five
228
Screaming Eagle
259
Long Binh
287
PART III
315
Wounds
317
A Dark Wood
531
Afterword
551
Authors Note
559
Interviews
562
Notes
564
Bibliography
579
Index
585
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About the author (1999)

Rick Atkinson is the bestselling author of The Guns at Last Light, An Army at Dawn (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History) , The Day Of Battle, In the Company of Soldiers and Crusade. His many other awards include the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism, the George Polk Award, and the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award. A former staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post, he lives in Washington, D.C.

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