Long Gray Line

Long Gray Line

The American Journey of West Point's Class of 1966

Book - 2013
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"Enormously rich in detail and written with a novelist's 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 novelist's 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 Atkinson's masterly book speaks for a generation of American men and womenabout 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.

Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, 2013
Edition: First Henry Holt and Company hardcover edition
ISBN: 9780805099638
Branch Call Number: 355.00922 A877L 2013
Characteristics: xiv, 602 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Jan 23, 2011

This is an often moving history of the United States Army as seen by those entering West Point in 1962, graduating into the war in Vietnam in 1966 and going on to live their lives in a troubled army and nation.

Quite a heroic story of men trying to make sense of their lives and duties in a raqpidly changing world.


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