The Long Gray Line: All-New Audio!

Posted on May 10, 2021

by The History Reader

In the first unabridged audio version of The Long Gray Line, author Rick Atkinson has recorded a new foreword, and has recorded an additional bonus conversation with Ty Seidule, former head of the history department at the United States Military Academy and author of Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause.

A classic of its kind, The Long Gray Line is the twenty-five-year saga of the West Point class of 1966. With a novelist’s eye for detail, Rick Atkinson illuminates this powerful story through the lives of three classmates and the women they loved—from the boisterous cadet years, to the fires of Vietnam, to the hard peace and internal struggles that followed the war. The rich cast of characters also includes Douglas MacArthur, William C. Westmoreland, and a score of other memorable figures. The class of 1966 straddled a fault line in American history, and Atkinson’s masterly book speaks for a generation of American men and women about innocence, patriotism, and the price we pay for our dreams.

Listen to the new The Long Gray Line foreword below!

Or tune in to Rick Atkinson’s bonus conversation with Ty Seidule!


Rick Atkinson is the bestselling author of The Guns at Last LightAn Army at Dawn (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History), The Day Of Battle, In the Company of Soldiers and Crusade. His many other awards include the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism, the George Polk Award, and the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award. A former staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post, he lives in Washington, D.C.

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