They marched into sunlight : war and peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967

by David Maraniss

Hardcover, 2003




New York : Simon & Schuster, c2003.


Here is the epic story of Vietnam and the sixties told through the events of a few tumultuous days in October 1967. David Maraniss takes the reader on an unforgettable journey to the battlefields of war and peace. With meticulous and captivating detail, the book brings that catastrophic time back to life while examining questions about the meaning of dissent and the official manipulation of truth, issues that are as relevant today as they were decades ago.

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LibraryThing member LaBibliophille
Long and involved. When all this happened-October 1967-I was too young to really understand what was going on. And they didn't yet teach it in history class. An important chapter of American history to learn about!
LibraryThing member mwtemple
I have a pretty close connection to this book's subject matter -- my father was stationed in Vietnam at the same place where the action in the book takes place, and I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. That's what initially drew me to the book, but the clear and yet descriptive writing style, coupled with the interesting subject matter, kept me reading. I normally don't have a lot of patience for nonfiction, and this book definitely isn't short. It took me quite awhile to finish it, but it's totally worth it.… (more)
LibraryThing member lindap69
Getting to know the members of the Black Lion army battalion makes the battle scene in which 61 of them died even more harrowing making the statement of one member ("The whole damn war is run by the book and Charlie can't read English so he gets all the breaks and we usually get killed) even more fitting. The second half of the book chronicles the riot against Dow Chemical at the University of Wisconsin Madison and the impact it had on the faculty student relationship. Vivid reminders of why war is not good for anyone.… (more)
LibraryThing member nmele
I did not want to read this book, chosen by my book club, but I am very glad I did. Maraniss shines a steady light on the Vietnam war and its consequences (for Americans, mostly). He drew me into the moment of his story and that led to me reflecting on my experience of the Sixties. A truly excellent book!



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