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The Long Gray Line by Rick Atkinson
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May 13, 2010

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Read in May, 2010

This book, which follows the lives of a group of West Point cadets from enrollment (1961) to 20th reunion (1986), would have benefited from serious editing. It is massive and ambitious, with an abundance of detail which generally succeeds in conveying the personal stories of the men but makes for some tedious reading. Nevertheless, I am very happy to have had it recommended to me. It starkly depicts the personal cost of the war in Vietnam and the profound social shifts of the 1960s.
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