Picks and Pans Review: They Marched into Sunlight

updated 12/01/2003 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/01/2003 01:00AM

by David Maraniss

bgwhite bgwhite bgwhite bgwhite 



The Pulitzer Prize winner's new Vietnam narrative dramatizes in eye-opening fashion two events that occurred on Oct. 17,1967: A crack U.S. Army infantry battalion is ambushed and decimated by the Vietcong outside Saigon, while back in Madison, Wis., police bludgeon a dozen college students during a protest against Dow Chemical, the napalm manufacturer. Extensive interviews detail these disparate, but linked, battles and the decisions that left lasting effects on the American psyche. From the antiwar Wisconsin chancellor who felt he had to stop the sit-in, only to watch in horror as his students were bashed by cops, to the U.S. general in Vietnam who won a Silver Star despite having little to do with the battle, Maraniss pinpoints the individuals who helped precipitate America's long march out of Vietnam. He has rendered a powerful, illuminating contribution to American war history.

THRILLER

Share this story:

Your reaction:

advertisement

From Our Partners

From Our Partners