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Author: Robert Timberg Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781483075860
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Robert Timberg weaves together the lives of Annapolis graduates John McCain, James Webb, Oliver North, Robert McFarlane, and John Poindexter to reveal how the Vietnam War continues to haunt America. Casting all five men as metaphors for a legion of well-meaning if ill-starred warriors, Timberg probes the fault line between those who fought the war and those who used money, wit, and connections to avoid battle. A riveting tale that illuminates the flip side of the fabled Vietnam generation: those who went.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you want to read a terrific book about courage and cowardice, honor and betrayal, suffering and death, and the indomitability of the human spirit, get The Nightingale’s Song.”

    Washington Post

  • “This is an amazing piece of work that could make you cry over descriptions of bravery so bold and so big…It is about the soul of a nation…This is a stunning book.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Engrossing…takes a close look at the intersecting careers of five politically powerful Americans haunted by the legacy of the Vietname War.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Compelling and informative, the book is a unique look at well-known events and offers insights into a generation like no other.”


  • “In Timberg’s telling of their specific combat experiences, insightful angles on their subsequent careers emerge…A well-researched and well-written account of five interesting lives.”


  • “A sprawling, passionate account…Timberg uses the stories of five men…to chronicle America’s loss of innocent faith in itself and the consequences of that loss for a generation.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • ATime Magazine Best Bookof the year for 1995
  • ANew York Times Notable Bookfor 1995

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 1/7/2014

    " It's a riveting tale that spans the lives of 5 men, all Naval Academy graduates who would go onto serve their country during the upheavals of the Vietnam ear and the widening alienation between the military and society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 11/7/2013

    " the theme is a little contrived, but it's an interesting series of vignettes from the Annapolis and post-Annapolis lives of a number of noteworthies "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 9/30/2013

    " An interesting look into the lives of the men that became the leaders of our nation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 8/13/2013

    " Want to find out what John McCain, Jim Webb and Ollie North were like at the Naval Academy and after? Get this. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MS | 2/24/2012

    " This is a really interesting book that recounts the Naval Academy and Vietnam experiences of 5 Americans that were, and remain, important figures in our politics. I really enjoyed this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rolando | 9/14/2011

    " A book that ties together four figures who each in his own way shaped policy during the 80's and through today. Each a graduate of West Point and each a distinct personality. Do you want to know what makes McCain tick? Read this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 8/9/2011

    " One of the finest books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. A fascinating true story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 11/8/2010

    " fascinating character study of 5 Annapolis grads who became key figueres in Reagan admin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 8/16/2009

    " Follows 5 famous classmates of the Naval Academy, including John McCain, Oliver North, Bud McFarlane, John McNamara. Parts of it are pretty heavy in terms of in-depth history of Iran Contra scandal, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/1/2009

    " A bit of the Reagan Era explained through the prism of Vietnam. "

About the Author

Robert Timberg, an award-winning Washington journalist, is a 1964 Naval Academy graduate and Marine veteran of Vietnam. He was the Baltimore Sun’s White House correspondent during the Reagan years.

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many starred audio reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.