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

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

David Maraniss

Language: English

Pages: 572

ISBN: 0743261046

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Here is the epic story of Vietnam and the sixties told through the events of a few gripping, passionate days of war and peace in October 1967. They Marched Into Sunlight brings that tumultuous time back to life while exploring questions about the meaning of dissent and the official manipulation of truth, issues as relevant today as they were decades ago.

In a seamless narrative, Maraniss weaves together the stories of three very different worlds: 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. To understand what happens to the people in these interconnected stories is to understand America's anguish. Based on thousands of primary documents and 180 on-the-record interviews, the book describes the battles that evoked cultural and political conflicts that still reverberate.

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resupply pad and loaded case after case of ammo in the chopper and then climbed in himself, the same fear that he had tried to ease in others washed over him. What the hell…what am I…what the hell am I doing here? he muttered. The helicopter hovered over the treetops and clattered north toward the trouble near the Ong Thanh stream. The rescue mission was under way when he arrived at the perimeter. Back toward the jungle, with Sergeant Mark Smith in the lead, marched most of Erwin’s recon

view. Before she had trusted in authority and believed that her government and her university would never lie to her. The possibility that her trust had been misplaced now roiled her mind. She “wanted to know more and more and more and couldn’t get enough,” she would say later. Her hunger to learn about politics, power, and foreign policy became insatiable. Dow had “opened the world” to her. Rather than take the French literature exam, Brotman instead sat at her favorite table in the back of the

that within a twenty-four hour period starting on that Friday, October 27, 1967, so many political players of war and peace were converging on the cities of Madison, El Paso, and Milwaukee. The president’s daughter and her fiancé were in Madison. Vice President Humphrey was delivering the keynote address at a two-day conference with Mexican officials in El Paso, where Terry Allen’s funeral, forty-eight hours old, was now overwhelmed by other stories. Humphrey visited wounded Vietnam soldiers at

17, 1967, Tom Johnson Notes, box 1, LBJ. That afternoon in El Paso: Ints. Jean Ponder Allen Soto, February 3, 2001; Bill and Bebe Coonly, February 2, 2001; Jonathan and Pat Rodgers, February 4, 2001; Albert Schwartz, February 3, 2001. Chapter 19: The Spectacle They settled for a prefabricated: Int. Jim Rowen, April 8, 2002; various correspondence with Jim Rowen and Susan McGovern. From the front bedroom: Ints. Paul Soglin, April 10, 2002, June 22, 2001. William Sewell, the chancellor,

activists. The antiwar tensions that had been building the previous school year had not lessened, as some colleagues had predicted, but only increased. The formation of an Ad Hoc Committee to Protest Dow Chemical; Paul Soglin’s columns in the Cardinal predicting a blowup at the mid-October Dow demonstrations; the time-for-resistance rhetoric now common in the refrains of radical orators at the Memorial Union and on the Library Mall—all conspired to force the issue on Sewell from the moment he

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