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The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War by [Stanton, Doug]
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“Doug Stanton, one of our most artful practitioners of literary nonfiction, has long had a knack for finding stories that put a human face on war. Here is raw combat captured in all its pathos, exhilaration, terror, and sense of brotherhood. Novelistic in detail and compulsively readable, Stanton’s searing tale of war and home­coming will soon find its place on a rarefied shelf alongside Matterhorn, A Bright Shining Lie, The Things They Carried, and We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young—which is to say, among the classics of the Vietnam War.” —Hampton Sides, author of The Kingdom of Ice, Blood and Thunder, and Ghost Soldiers

"From harrowing scenes of battle to those of heart-rending tenderness, I felt I’d joined the young paratroopers of Echo Company in their journey through the Tet Offensive of 1968. Doug Stanton writes about the personal for the millions. It’s an amazing story of a group of young men who lived history.” —Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn 

The Odyssey of Echo Company is a majestic, masterful book. I couldn’t put it down, even in its most aching, tearful moments. War has such a dark heart, and Doug Stanton doesn’t shy away from that, but he also shows us the better hearts of human beings, and that’s what makes this book so profoundly moving and unforgettable.” —David Finkel, author of Thank You for Your Service and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist 

“Although the characters in Doug Stanton’s newest book are ordinary Americans from unexceptional back­grounds, odyssey is the right word to describe their harrowing experiences in the Vietnam War. There was a Homeric quality in their battle to survive the Tet Offensive, as well as in their homecoming, when they found themselves strangers in their own land. In this tale of men at war, Stanton once again proves himself to be both a superb journalist and a master storyteller.” —Philip Caputo, author of A Rumor of War and Some Rise by Sin

“Doug Stanton has done it again. In The Odyssey of Echo Company we go to war in Vietnam, up close and personal with patriotic young working-class Americans who take us through their daily lives of brutal face-to-face combat and how it changed them forever. This is a book for all Americans to read for the enduring lessons of what happens when we commit our precious young to the ravages of combat. It is a civic duty to read The Odyssey of Echo Company.” —Tom Brokaw 

“Doug Stanton is a superb nonfiction writer who grabs you and holds you from first page to last. Readers who follow him on this odyssey through Vietnam and the American psyche will never forget it.” —David Maraniss, author of They Marched into Sunlight

“No one in the world does this kind of thing better than Doug Stanton. He’s a meticulous reporter, a fluent, propulsive storyteller, and this account of tragedy and triumph is an instant go-to text for those who want to know what their fathers and brothers—and America—were doing fifty years ago.” —Lee Child 

“Gathered in this fine book are the stories of a few soldiers in one reconnaissance platoon in one company who were in the worst of the fighting in 1967–68. Doug Stanton has captured the horror, the tragedy, the extreme courage, and the devoted brotherhood of these men in exceptional and sensitive detail. They are not stories for the fainthearted. But they are emotionally rewarding for a reader to experience.” —John Laurence, author of The Cat from Hue: A Vietnam War Story

“An admiring history of men who fought in the Vietnam War… Stanton does not concern himself with the debates over the war or its legacy; his emphasis is on this group of men and their experiences then and since.” Kirkus Reviews

“Books like this remind us of the human cost of war and the sacrifices made by soldiers who answered their country’s call.”New York Journal of Books

“We are finally ready to learn about Vietnam, and no book tells the story better than this one.” Library Journal, starred review  

“Doug Stanton knocked this one out of the park. He has written a powerful story that not only delves into combat but what makes a real warrior. He discusses the intricate home relationships that help to mold soldiers, and their relationships within the unit that produces a cohesive combat unit. This was a page tuner that I couldn’t put down I could feel the emotions of what they were going through. You could feel the tension of the battle and the comradeship of the men involved. I could feel the tension run through my body with each battle. A tremendous book, I highly recommend it.  Like his other two books this was hard to put down.” — Brigadier General (Ret) Remo Butler, U.S. Army Special Forces 

“A highly readable, dramatic, often heart-tugging story of the Tet effort from an all-American grunt’s viewpoint.” MilitaryTimes

About the Author

Doug Stanton lives in his hometown of Traverse City, Michigan, and has worked as a creative writing and English teacher at the undergraduate and graduate college level, and at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan as writer-in-residence. He has traveled extensively as a contributing editor for Esquire, Men’s Journal, and Outside magazines, writing travel, adventure, and political pieces. He is a founder of the high-profile Traverse City Film Festival, an annual celebration of cinema, and the increasingly well known National Writers Series. With his contacts in the Department of Defense, Pentagon, and various branches of the U.S. military, Stanton is a subject matter expert in the areas of insurgency, counter-insurgency, and unconventional and civil wars.

Stanton graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy as a creative writing and theater student, and from Hampshire College in Massachusetts with a B.A.; and he received an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Product details

  • File Size: 110472 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (September 19, 2017)
  • Publication Date: September 19, 2017
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HMXV08I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,500 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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