The Long Gray Line

The American Journey of West Point's Class of 1966
Narrated by: Bruce Weitz
Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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Young men who dream of becoming heroes look to West Point - to a career dedicated to serving their country. The Class of 1966 was no exception, but in the course of their military training and careers, these cadets faced a far greater challenge then ever before imagined.

President Kennedy had called for a new kind of officer, prepared to fight a new kind of war, and during their years of rigorous academic and military training, the men of '66 heard the thunder of Vietnam growing ever more loudly. By the time they gathered for their 10th reunion, 30 of them had been killed in action, and they had amassed nearly a hundred Silver Stars and still more Purple Hearts. For those who returned from Vietnam, a record number resigned from the Army, after coming home to a society that paid no honor to their military careers.

Epitomized by the men whose stories are here told so eloquently, the class of '66 represents the innocence and patriotism of a generation in which West Point and the United States Army as a whole weathered convulsive change. This is their story.

©1989 Rick Atkinson (P)1990, 2014 Dove Books On Tape, Phoenix Books

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Doesn’t do it justice

I read The Long Gray Line many years ago, and it really struck me as an excellent book all around by a new (to me) author.
I always wanted to re-read it, but I have less time now than I did back then. Once I started using Audible I realized that I could re-read it, but was disappointed to see it is an abridged version. I resisted the abridged version for a year or two and then decided to give it a try. I should’ve stuck with my original instincts. It is a pale, pale comparison to the full book. I ended up returning it. I have no idea why they chose to use an abridged version – – I wish they would bring out the full one.

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Amazing tribute to the bravery and sacrifices made for the USA by the military! Descriptive words- Insightful,revealing,tragic,patriotic, the forgotten yet remembered heroes of West Point & Viet Nam. Highly recommend

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Great story but narration was difficult.

I really enjoyed this book. The story was fantastic. However it was very difficult to understand the narration at times.