Synopses & Reviews
"This is an amazing piece of work that could make you cry over descriptions of bravery so bold and so bigIt is about the soul of a nationThis is a stunning book. - Mike Barnicle, The Boston Globe
Robert Timberg weaves together the lives of Annapolis graduates John McCain, James Webb, Oliver North, Robert McFarlane, and John Poindexter to reveal how the Vietnam War continues to haunt America. Casting all five men as metaphors for a legion of well-meaning if ill-starred warriors, Timberg probes the fault line between those who fought the war and those who used money, wit, and connections to avoid battle. A riveting tale that illuminates the flip side of the fabled Vietnam generation: those who went.