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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (173 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Timberg Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Douglas Graney | 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. "

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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.