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

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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.

Rick Atkinson, a former staff reporter and assistant managing editor at The Washington Post, and the author of Crusade, has won numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1982. He is currently at work on The Liberation Trilogy, a three-volume history of the American Army in World War II. He lives in Washington, D.C.

The Long Gray Line is the story of the twenty-five-year adventure of the West Point Class of 1966. With a novelist's eye for detail, Rick Atkinson illuminates its history through the lives of three classmates and the women they lovedfrom the boisterous cadet years to the fires of Vietnam to the hard peace and internal struggles that followed the war. The rich cast of characters includes Douglas MacArthur, William C. Westmoreland, and a score of other memorable figures. The Class of 1966 straddled a fault line in American history, and Rick Atkinson's book speaks for a generation of American men and women about innocence, patriotism, and the price we pay for our dreams. A new afterword is original to this edition.

"The reissue of The Long Gray Line updates a profoundly moving saga in which the U.S. Military Academy at West Point stands center stage. In mufti or olive drab, at peace or war, amidst joy or grief, in life or death, the academy shapes all. The author has captured its ethos. If you want to see a slice of the nation's manhood in a drama of troubled times and find its heart, feel its emotions, sense its dilemmas, then read this book. It is a stunning story."Colin L. Powell

"A story of epic proportions . . . An awesome feat of biographical reconstruction . . . A difficult book to put down."Cullen Murphy, The Boston Globe

"Enormously rich in detail and written with a novelist's brilliance, the pages literally hurry before one . . . A very moving book."James Salter, The Washington Post Book World (front page)

"As masterfully executed as it was conceived. The Long Gray Line is a significant contribution both to our national history and to our effort to understand and come to terms with post-Vietnam America. Through Atkinson's meticulous research, we are there during each phase of the cadet's epic journey, there to savor their successes and wince at their failures. We live with them and, in some cases, we die with them."Nicholas Proffitt, The Philadelphia Inquirer (front page)

"Told through the emotions and experiences of West Point's class of 1966, The Long Gray Line makes the best book out of Vietnam to date."David Griffiths, Business Week

"Impeccable and absorbing . . . Atkinson's book is exquisitely crafted. It reads as smoothly as a novel, involving the reader emotionally as well as intellectually . . . It has all the power and then some of A Bright Shining Lie, and a bushel more style."Steve Paul, Kansas City Star

"Rick Atkinson . . . brings keen insight to this work . . . Probably the best book about military life since Ward Just's Military Men. Not only is it thoroughly researched, but it is written with a novelist's flair for color, style and often gut-wrenching emotion."Minneapolis Star Tribune

"I don't think any book has presented so deeply into the West Point mystique with such a marvelous blend of sympathy and objectivity. It is that rarest of things, good reading and goodimportanthistory. In short, the book is a monumental achievement."Thomas Fleming, author of The Officers' Wives

"A book of enormous significance and importance. A direct hit!"Col. David Hackworth, author of About Face

Synopsis:

“Enormously rich in detail and written with a novelists brilliance . . . A very moving book.” —James Salter, The Washington Post Book World

A classic of its kind, The Long Gray Line is the twenty-five-year saga of the West Point class of 1966. With a novelists eye for detail, Rick Atkinson (author of An Army at Dawn) illuminates this powerful story through the lives of three classmates and the women they loved—from the boisterous cadet years, to the fires of Vietnam, to the hard peace and internal struggles that followed the war. The rich cast of characters also includes Douglas MacArthur, William C. Westmoreland, and a score of other memorable figures. The class of 1966 straddled a fault line in American military history, and Atkinsons masterly book speaks for a generation of American men and women about innocence, patriotism, and the price we pay for our dreams.

An immediate New York Times bestseller upon its original publication, the twentieth anniversary edition includes a new foreword by the author.

Synopsis:

The first trade paperback edition of the bestseller about West Point's Class of 1966--the generation of officers who fought in Vietnam--by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Rick Atkinson. of photos.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [579]-584) and index.

About the Author

Rick Atkinson, a former staff reporter and assistant managing editor at The Washington Post, and the author of Crusade (1993), has won numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1982. He is currently at work on The Liberation Trilogy, a three-volume history of the American Army in World War II. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805062915
Subtitle:
The American Journey of West Point's Class of 1966
Afterword:
Atkinson, Rick
Author:
Atkinson, Rick
Publisher:
Holt Paperbacks
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to present)
Subject:
Army
Subject:
West point, new york
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Officers
Subject:
United States - Officers
Subject:
United States Military Academy
Subject:
Military - Vietnam War
Subject:
Military-US Military General
Subject:
Mo
Subject:
dern/20th Century
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Owl books ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
vol. 3
Publication Date:
19991015
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pp. bandw photos
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.48 x 1.085 in

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"Synopsis" by , “Enormously rich in detail and written with a novelists brilliance . . . A very moving book.” —James Salter, The Washington Post Book World

A classic of its kind, The Long Gray Line is the twenty-five-year saga of the West Point class of 1966. With a novelists eye for detail, Rick Atkinson (author of An Army at Dawn) illuminates this powerful story through the lives of three classmates and the women they loved—from the boisterous cadet years, to the fires of Vietnam, to the hard peace and internal struggles that followed the war. The rich cast of characters also includes Douglas MacArthur, William C. Westmoreland, and a score of other memorable figures. The class of 1966 straddled a fault line in American military history, and Atkinsons masterly book speaks for a generation of American men and women about innocence, patriotism, and the price we pay for our dreams.

An immediate New York Times bestseller upon its original publication, the twentieth anniversary edition includes a new foreword by the author.

"Synopsis" by , The first trade paperback edition of the bestseller about West Point's Class of 1966--the generation of officers who fought in Vietnam--by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Rick Atkinson. of photos.
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