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They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967

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Here is the epic story of Vietnam and the sixties told through the events of a few gripping, passionate days of war and peace in October 1967. They Marched Into Sunlight brings that tumultuous time back to life while exploring questions about the meaning of dissent and the official manipulation of truth, issues as relevant today as they were decades ago.

In a seamless narrative, Maraniss weaves together the stories of three very different worlds: the death and heroism of soldiers in Vietnam, the anger and anxiety of antiwar students back home, and the confusion and obfuscating behavior of officials in Washington. To understand what happens to the people in these interconnected stories is to understand America's anguish. Based on thousands of primary documents and 180 on-the-record interviews, the book describes the battles that evoked cultural and political conflicts that still reverberate.

Review:

"[T]wo compelling narratives...capture the Vietnam War at home and on the battlefield as well as, if not better than, any book yet written." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"This is a concentrated, visceral remembrance of the Vietnam War in both its military and social dimensions." Gilbert Taylor, Booklist

Review:

"Maraniss..is a writer with a masterly sense of narrative pace. Moving between the campus at Madison and the jungles of Vietnam, with side trips to Hanoi and Washington, the tale unfolds with a magisterial sweep that recaptures the war and its era." The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

A biography of Vietnam general William Westmoreland by the author of A BETTER WAR.

Synopsis:

Westmoreland is a great book, a classic by an author who knows his subject well and tells the story without hesitation.” — General Donn A. Starry, U.S. Army (ret.), Commander, Army Training and Doctrine Command (1977-1981)

Is it possible that the riddle of Americas military failure in Vietnam has a one-word, one-man answer?

Unless and until we understand General William Westmoreland, we will never understand what went wrong in Vietnam. An Eagle Scout at fifteen, First Captain of his West Point class, Westmoreland fought in two wars and became Superintendent at West Point. Then he was chosen to lead the war effort in Vietnam for four crucial years.

He proved a disaster. He could not think creatively about unconventional warfare, chose an unavailing strategy, stuck to it in the face of all opposition, and stood accused of fudging the results when it mattered most. In this definitive portrait, Lewis Sorley makes a plausible case that the war could have been won were it not for Westmoreland. The tragedy of William Westmoreland carries lessons not just for Vietnam, but for the future of American leadership.

Westmoreland is essential reading from a masterly historian.

Synopsis:

Is this man the real reason the Vietnam War was lost? How did he get there, why did he fail, and how did he last so long? Unless and until we understand General William Westmoreland, we will never understand what happened to us in Vietnam, or why. An Eagle Scout at fifteen, First Captain of his West Point class, Westmoreland fought in World War II and Korea, rising rapidly to command the 101st Airborne Division and become Superintendent at West Point, then was chosen to lead the war effort in Vietnam. That turned out to be a disaster. He failed to understand a complex war, choosing a flawed strategy, sticking to it in the face of all opposition, and misrepresenting the results when truth mattered most. In so doing he squandered four years of support by Congress, much of the media, and the American people. The tragedy of William Westmoreland provides lessons not just for Vietnam, but for Americaand#8217;s future military and political leadership. Lewis Sorleyand#8217;s definitive portrait is essential reading.

About the Author

Lewis Sorley is a third-generation graduate of the United States Military Academy who also holds a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University. He served in Vietnam, and in the Pentagon in the offices of Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger and Army Chief of Staff General William C. Westmoreland. He also taught at West Point and the Army War College. He is the author of five highly-regarded works of military history.

Table of Contents

Contents

Cast of Characters

A Brief Preface

BOOK ONE

1 Sailing to Vung Tau

2 Triet's March South

3 Lai Khe, South Vietnam

4 El Paso, Texas

BOOK TWO

5 Song of Napalm

6 Madison, Wisconsin

7 Soglin's Thrill

8 Sewell's Predicament

BOOK THREE

9 "What a Funny War!"

10 Guerrilla Theater

11 Johnson's Dilemma

12 No Mission Too Difficult

13 Michigan Men

14 For Want of Rice

15 "The Trees Are Moving"

16 Ambush

17 Holleder's Run

18 "The News Is All Bad"

19 The Spectacle

20 "That's All There Is?"

21 Down with Dow

22 Moments of Decision

23 Stars and Stripes

24 "Bombing Washington"

25 Body Count

26 "Tragedy Beyond Our Words"

27 A Life's Worth

28 Until the Angels Came

Epilogue

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index

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Judith Sanborn, July 1, 2012 (view all comments by Judith Sanborn)
For me, this was a powerful story. It is non-fiction and is set in 1967. Maraniss writes about what is occurring in Vietnam in 1967 while writing also about the anti-war movement back in America at the same time. As we all know, the lives that were lost in Vietnam were mostly very young men, many of whom came from lower socio-economic circumstances and could not enter college for various reasons. Having visited Vietnam in 2011, I found the story fascinating. Somehow, we just don't learn from our past experiences.
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Clover88, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Clover88)
Maraniss describes two days in October, 1967, taking place in three very different worlds: a company of soldiers in Vietnam during a brutal ambush; angry, disillusioned anti-war protesters fighting against Dow Chemical in Wisconsin; and befuddled--even lying--administration officials in Washington. He brings alive the competing feelings of the times through the use of thousands of primary source accounts. I will be using many excerpts from this to teach my high school US history course.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743261043
Author:
Maraniss, David
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Sorley, Lewis
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/60s
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Military - Vietnam War
Subject:
Vietnamese conflict, 1961-1975
Subject:
Protest movements
Subject:
General History
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Military
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
vietnam war, book on vietnam, october 1967, north vietnam, saigon, ho chi minh, nixon, johnson, lbj, kennedy, jfk, black lion battalion ambush, dow chemical, madison wisconsin, tim o brien, the things they carried, pultizer prize winner, clemente bio, bar
Subject:
vietnam war, book on vietnam, october 1967, north vietnam, saigon, ho chi minh, nixon, johnson, lbj, kennedy, jfk, black lion battalion ambush, dow chemical, madison wisconsin, tim o brien, the things they carried, pultizer prize winner, clemente bio, bar
Subject:
vietnam war, book on vietnam, october 1967, north vietnam, saigon, ho chi minh, nixon, johnson, lbj, kennedy, jfk, black lion battalion ambush, dow chemical, madison wisconsin, tim o brien, the things they carried, pultizer prize winner, clemente bio, bar
Subject:
vietnam war, book on vietnam, october 1967, north vietnam, saigon, ho chi minh, nixon, johnson, lbj, kennedy, jfk, black lion battalion ambush, dow chemical, madison wisconsin, tim o brien, the things they carried, pultizer prize winner, clemente bio, bar
Subject:
vietnam war, book on vietnam, october 1967, north vietnam, saigon, ho chi minh, nixon, johnson, lbj, kennedy, jfk, black lion battalion ambush, dow chemical, madison wisconsin, tim o brien, the things they carried, pultizer prize winner, clemente bio, bar
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
October 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Two 8-page b/w inserts
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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Product details 608 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780743261043 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[T]wo compelling narratives...capture the Vietnam War at home and on the battlefield as well as, if not better than, any book yet written." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "This is a concentrated, visceral remembrance of the Vietnam War in both its military and social dimensions."
"Review" by , "Maraniss..is a writer with a masterly sense of narrative pace. Moving between the campus at Madison and the jungles of Vietnam, with side trips to Hanoi and Washington, the tale unfolds with a magisterial sweep that recaptures the war and its era."
"Synopsis" by ,
A biography of Vietnam general William Westmoreland by the author of A BETTER WAR.
"Synopsis" by , Westmoreland is a great book, a classic by an author who knows his subject well and tells the story without hesitation.” — General Donn A. Starry, U.S. Army (ret.), Commander, Army Training and Doctrine Command (1977-1981)

Is it possible that the riddle of Americas military failure in Vietnam has a one-word, one-man answer?

Unless and until we understand General William Westmoreland, we will never understand what went wrong in Vietnam. An Eagle Scout at fifteen, First Captain of his West Point class, Westmoreland fought in two wars and became Superintendent at West Point. Then he was chosen to lead the war effort in Vietnam for four crucial years.

He proved a disaster. He could not think creatively about unconventional warfare, chose an unavailing strategy, stuck to it in the face of all opposition, and stood accused of fudging the results when it mattered most. In this definitive portrait, Lewis Sorley makes a plausible case that the war could have been won were it not for Westmoreland. The tragedy of William Westmoreland carries lessons not just for Vietnam, but for the future of American leadership.

Westmoreland is essential reading from a masterly historian.

"Synopsis" by , Is this man the real reason the Vietnam War was lost? How did he get there, why did he fail, and how did he last so long? Unless and until we understand General William Westmoreland, we will never understand what happened to us in Vietnam, or why. An Eagle Scout at fifteen, First Captain of his West Point class, Westmoreland fought in World War II and Korea, rising rapidly to command the 101st Airborne Division and become Superintendent at West Point, then was chosen to lead the war effort in Vietnam. That turned out to be a disaster. He failed to understand a complex war, choosing a flawed strategy, sticking to it in the face of all opposition, and misrepresenting the results when truth mattered most. In so doing he squandered four years of support by Congress, much of the media, and the American people. The tragedy of William Westmoreland provides lessons not just for Vietnam, but for Americaand#8217;s future military and political leadership. Lewis Sorleyand#8217;s definitive portrait is essential reading.
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