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They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace Vietnam and America October 1967 [Paperback]

David Maraniss
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  • Paperback: 572 pages
  • Publisher: Us Imports; Reprint edition (28 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743261046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743261043
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Focuses on a crucial two-day battle in Vietnam that was also marked by an ill-fated protest by University of Wisconsin students at the Dow Chemical Company, in an hour-by-hour narrative. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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THE SOLDIERS REPORTED one by one and in loose bunches, straggling into Fort Lewis from late April to the end of May 1967, all carrying orders to join a unit called C Packet. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars "They Marched into Sunlight" 15 Dec 2009
Beautifully written, well crafted book that seamlessly weaves together the stories of the soldiers, the anti-Vietnam war protesters and Washington in a thoroughly researched history that reads somewhat akin to a novel. An apposite read when we consider the machinations over rights and wrongs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan today. This book will sit happily on my bookshelf alongside Michael Herr's "Dispatches". Brilliant!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 21 Dec 2013
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I bought this book after seeing the Storyville documentary on BBC and I have bought it for 3 other people as well. The book is a fascinating report of the anti-war campaign by students at Wisconsin University alongside the events of an offensive and ambush of American soldiers in Vietnam.

Whatever your views of the Vietnam War the book provokes you to think about the viewpoint of the soldiers serving in the war and their families and the devastation that the war evoked as well as the anti-war protests.

The book is very densely written and there are a lot of people to keep track of but if you persevere then I think you will find it is a book that has a long-lasting impact.
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I became aware of this book because of a BBC 4 documentary which used it as a narrative for the programme. Having read the book after viewing the documentary, its power and resonance was made all the more profound because it was possible to put faces to the names in the book who were interviewed in the TV programme. Marannis' prose is lucid and clear, and the way that events half a world apart from each other - on a Wisconsin campus in the USA, and a Viet Cong ambush on US troops in Vietnam are drawn together is masterly. There are moments of real emotive power - the tale of the sister of Danny Sikorski, a GI who was killed in the ambush, who dreamed of her brother with a massive hole in his chest the night of his death; Terry Allen, a battalion commander who was shot through the head in the Viet Nam incident and the guilt of his wife at having an affair whilst he was fighting over there, Clark Welch, a US soldier who suffered terrible wounds, and yet survived to meet Vietnamese soldiers who had ambushed his battalion, Jane Brotman, whose witnessing of her fellow students being brutalised by the local National Guard that caused her to become radicalised - these are all real, utterly vivid stories, even forty-odd years later. The book is also particularly effective in conveying the internal conflicts in American society in the mid-60s - students articulating a voice of protest, the tales of the soldiers who were doing the fighting, and the pain and suffering that is still there, so many years after. This is a wonderful book, it doesn't take sides, but is sympathetic to the students, the college authorities that were trying to accomodate the protest, and also to the soldiers in Viet Nam who were the victims of crucial errors of judgement and failures of the military Top Brass and ultimately the government. A brilliant book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The light of understanding 24 Jun 2010
By Klaatu
Vietnam remains a scar on the American psyche - anything that aids understanding is welcome. David Maraniss has produced a well-written and thoroughly researched book that connects the fighting in the jungles with the unrest at home, particularly on campuses, and the leading figures in Washington. It is a very fine piece of historical writing and adds considerably to our understanding of the dynamics of that time. The style is straightforwardly realistic, which is to be welcomed after so much of the LSD-reportage Kool-Aid Acid Test variety which often seems more an attempt by the writers to come to terms with Vietnam personally than an analysis of it. It seems that sufficient time has passed for Vietnam to be looked at in better perspective. They Marched into Sunlight is proof of that. What a trauma Vietnam was, and what a tragedy: we desperately need to learn lessons from it. David Maraniss has made a noble contibution to that process of reflection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 6 Sep 2006
Thought provoking, insightful, moving. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding Vietnam on a more personal level.
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