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By Rick Atkinson
"A tale of epic proportions [and] an grand feat of biographical reconstruction."―The Boston Globe
A vintage of its variety, The lengthy grey Line is the twenty-five-year saga of the West aspect category of 1966. With a novelist's eye for aspect, Rick Atkinson illuminates this strong tale throughout the lives of 3 classmates and the ladies they loved―from the boisterous cadet years, to the fires of Vietnam, to the not easy peace and inner struggles that the battle. the wealthy forged of characters additionally comprises Douglas MacArthur, William C. Westmoreland, and a rating of alternative memorable figures. the category of 1966 straddled a fault line in American heritage, and Atkinson's masterly ebook speaks for a iteration of yank women and men approximately innocence, patriotism, and the fee we pay for our dreams
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Norm practiced leaning into the wind to maintain his plumed tarbucket from blowing off with no making it glance as if he was once leaning. He sharpened his command voice, utilizing his diaphragm to prevent tightening his throat and neck muscle tissues. And he discovered tips to wield the saber, drawing it from the scabbard at a 45-degree attitude together with his correct arm prior to pulling the pommel to inside 3 inches of his chin, the blade canted 20 levels ahead. The major's tutoring lasted a number of weeks, yet finally the waddle vanished, the voice boomed, and the saber flashed with precision. eventually, Norm Fretwell used to be worthwhile; he moved into the Wheelhouse room routinely reserved yr of the Dragon for the 1st captain, an identical room as soon as occupied through Douglas Mac Arthur. the second one occasion to coincide with the ascension of '66 used to be the choice of a brand new chaplain. After an extended, agonizing conflict with leukemia, Ted Speers died on the age of sixty-five. Jim Ford, who grieved as if his personal father had gave up the ghost, performed the funeral carrier often chapel. The mourners sang Nunc Dimittis— Lord, now lettest thou thy servant leave in peace—before strolling miles to the cemetery for Speers's burial. Ninety-two ministers utilized to be successful him. After the sector used to be narrowed to a part dozen, Commandant Mike Davison walked into Ford's workplace someday and tossed a sheet of paper on his table. "Jim, here is the applying for senior chaplain," Davison stated. "We'd such as you to use. " "I'm too young," Ford responded. "The chaplain should be thirty-five. i am thirty-three. " "No," Davison acknowledged, smiling, "we had a gathering and reduced the age requirement. " In early August, the White apartment introduced that President Johnson had authorized Ford's appointment. extremely joyful and surprised—Ford had anticipated a sought after clergyman from Louisville to get the post—he moved his family members into Quarters 60 at the back of the chapel. the massive apartment with its six bedrooms and 6 fireplaces supplied considerable room for a tender guy with a growing to be relations, and Ford regarded ahead to residing there for a few years. for 3 years, the boys of '66 have been protected against the impression of social and political occasions outdoors Thayer Gate. The academy's seclusion and busy routine had consistently remoted the corps; Subaltern Winston Churchill of the Fourth Hussars as soon as famous in the course of a trip that cadets have been "cloistered nearly to a monastic volume. " yet because the type all started its ultimate 12 months, nagging reminders of the ready international intruded with expanding frequency. It used to be turning into transparent that, like their fathers and grandfathers, those West guidelines may have their very own struggle to struggle. From the mess corridor poop deck, funeral bulletins for graduates killed in motion in Vietnam grew to become extra universal; widows and fatherless little ones periodically ar- THE lengthy grey LINE rived on the academy to obtain posthumous medals in somber ceremonies. lately, Superintendent James Lampert had offered a red middle and the Legion of advantage to the family members of Captain James P. Spruill, classification of '54, who have been killed via a mine.