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  - Doug Gordon - Goodreads

I've read Atkinson's WWII "Liberation Trilogy" and was looking for more of his work. This book particularly appealed to me since these guys were at West Point at the same time I was in college, but ... Read full review

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User Review  - Roger - Goodreads

As a graduate in 1965 from a military college, this thorough account of the time and atmosphere of newly minted officers was a trip down memory lane. To me, it was more than an account of a rigid ... Read full review

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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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Rick Atkinson, recipient of the 2010 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing, is the bestselling author of An Army at Dawn, The Long Gray Line, and In the Company of Soldiers. He was a staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post for twenty years, and his many awards include Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and history. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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