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

David Maraniss (Author)
Here is the epic story of Vietnam and the sixties told through the events of a few tumultuous days in October 1967. Maraniss weaves together three very different worlds of that time: the death and heroism of soldiers in Vietnam, the anger and anxiety of antiwar students back home, and the confusion and obfuscating behavior of officials in Washington. In the Long Nguyen Secret Zone of Vietnam, a renowned battalion of the First Infantry Division is marching into a devastating ambush that will leave sixty-one soldiers dead and an equal number wounded. On the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, students are staging an obstructive protest at the Commerce Building against recruiters for Dow Chemical Company, makers of napalm and Agent Orange, that ends in a bloody confrontation with Madison police. And in Washington, President Lyndon Johnson is dealing with pressures closing in on him from all sides and lamenting to his war council, "How are we ever going to win?" Based on thousands of primary documents and 180 on-the-record interviews, the story unfolds day by day, hour by hour, and at times minute by minute, with a rich cast of characters -- military officers, American and Viet Cong soldiers, chancellors, professors, students, police officers, businessmen, mime troupers, a president and his men, a future mayor and future vice president -- moving toward battles that forever shaped their lives and evoked cultural and political conflicts that reverberate still
Print Book, English, 2003
First Simon & Schuster paperback edition 2004 View all formats and editions
Simon & Schuster, New York, 2003
xvii, 572 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
9780743217804, 9780743261043, 0743217802, 0743261046
1. Sailing to Vung Tau ; Triet's march South ; Lai Khe, South Vietnam ; El Paso, Texas
2. Song of napalm ; Madison, Wisconsin ; Soglin's thrill ; Sewell's predicament
3. "What a funny war!" ; Guerrilla theater ; Johnson's dilemma ; No mission too difficult ; Michigan men ; For want of rice ; "The trees are moving" ; Ambush ; Holleder's run ; "The news is all bad" ; The spectacle ; "That's all there is?" ; Down with Dow ; Moments of decision ; Stars and stripes ; "Bombing Washington" ; Body count ; "Tragedy beyond our words" ; A life's worth ; Until the angels came