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The Long Gray Line: The American Journey of West Point's Class of 1966 Paperback – October 27, 2009
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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 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
About the Author
Rick Atkinson is the bestselling author of The Guns at Last Light, An Army at Dawn (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History), The Day Of Battle, In the Company of Soldiers and Crusade. His many other awards include the 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.
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Whew - any of these subjects would rate a book on their own but author Atkinson decided to write about ALL of the above.
The book follows actual cadets from the 1966 graduating class of West Point through their years at the Point and stops along the way afterward. It is quite an undertaking and the author did an admirable job.
I grew up during the years depicted in this book, had friends die in Vietnam. My oldest son graduated from West Point albeit many years after the occurrences in this book. So I was particularly interested in the events described.
While a bit long-winded in spots, this was still a stellar accomplishment by author Atkinson. I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in West Point, military history, or the Vietnam War.
Included, at the end of the book, are photographs of people and places, explanatory notes about all the chapters, a section that let's the reader know current (at the time of the printing of the book) situations of the people followed in the book.
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1966 to today. Ever wonder where leaders in the U.S. come from. After reading this book you will know.