In this book, the last 25 years of American history is told through the true experiences of a group of men. It begins with their time as cadets at West Point, and their subsequent careers as army officers, almost all in Vietnam. It ends with their attempts to fit into civilian life again.
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Rick Atkinson is the bestselling author of An Army at Dawn (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for history), The Day of Battle, The Long Gray Line, In the Company of Soldiers, and Crusade. His many other awards include a Pulitzer Prize for journalism, the George Polk award, and the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award. A former staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post, he lives in Washington, D.C.Review:
“Enormously rich in detail and written with a novelist's brilliance... A very moving book.” ?James Salter, The Washington Post Book World
“A story of epic proportions [and] awesome feat of biographical reconstruction... A difficult book to put down.” ?Cullen Murphy, The Boston Globe
“The Long Gray Line is 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
“More of a biography of a generation than of a class at West Point... Stark, shocking, jolting.” ?John Eisenhower, Chicago Tribune (front page review)
“Journalism elevated to narrative history, a book like Neil Sheehan's Pulitzer Prize-winning A Bright Shining Lie. But better.” ?USA Today
“A work as masterfully executed as it was conceived.” ?Philadelphia Inquirer
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Book Description Fontana, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0006375391
Book Description FONTANA PRESS, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 6375391