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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (636 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Maraniss Narrator: David Maraniss Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Here is the epic story of Vietnam and the sixties told through the events of a few tumultuous days in October 1967. With meticulous and captivating detail, They Marched Into Sunlight brings that catastrophic time back to life while examining questions about the meaning of dissent and the official manipulation of truth, issues that are as relevant today as they were decades ago.

In the Long Nguyen Secret Zone of Vietnam, a renowned battalion of the First Infantry Division is marching into a devastating ambush that will leave sixty-one soldiers dead and an equal number wounded. On the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, students are staging an obstructive protest at the Commerce Building against recruiters for Dow Chemical Company, makers of napalm and Agent Orange, that ends in a bloody confrontation with club-wielding Madison police. And in Washington, President Lyndon Johnson is dealing with pressures closing in on him from all sides and lamenting to his war council, "How are we ever going to win this war?"

Based on thousands of primary documents and 180 on-the-record interviews, the story unfolds day by day, hour by hour, and at times minute by minute, with a rich cast of characters as they move toward battles that forever shaped their lives and evoked cultural and political conflicts that reverberate still. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Maraniss…is a writer with a masterly sense of narrative pace…The tale unfolds with a magisterial sweep that recaptures the war and its era…The book fulfills its ambition to evoke political, social, and cultural quakes whose aftershocks are felt to this day…Maraniss’ account of the two-day battle is as horrific and gripping as the now famous first 25 minutes of Saving Private Ryan…The section dealing with the war against the war…are equally arresting.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Towering…Maraniss has assembled a vast array of participants and witnesses. And he has woven their memories into a potent, humanizing mixture of the epochal and the mundane…Inspired use of narrative cross-cutting to produce devastating culture shock…Extraordinary breadth of reporting…Takes familiar chapters in recent history and turns them into something we have not seen before.” 

    New York Times

  • “To treat the war and the antiwar together as two faces of a single historical moment is one of David Maraniss’ inspired achievements…He has written a transoceanic montage that powerfully, grippingly folds together two events that took place during the same two days in October 1967…Maraniss renders the intensity, the resolve, and bewilderment of men encamped for war in the spirit of James Jones’ From Here to Eternity…Maraniss’ account of the battle north of Saigon is excruciating.” 

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • They Marched Into Sunlight is that miraculous thing, a substantive, exhaustively researched work of history that reads like a novel, a novel you can’t put down but frequently have to because it’s so emotionally wrenching…The triumph of Maraniss’ book is that he illuminates the transformative effects of the two battles, both on the individuals and…on the nation.” 

    Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air (NPR)

  • “A masterful work that brings the conflict back with a rush of cinema verité emotion and tension…Over the years, Vietnam has produced several classics, all of them different: Dispatches, by Michael Herr, and A Bright Shining Lie, by Neil Sheehan. Here is another.”


  • A 2003 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for History
  • Winner of the 2004 Ambassador Book Award for American Studies
  • A 2003 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2003 New York Times Notable Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2003 Economist Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2003 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2004 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for History

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by April | 2/19/2014

    " A fantastic book that goes back and forth between riots in Madison, WI and a battle in Vietnam. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Scott | 2/14/2014

    " Really enjoyed the book. Has an interesting approach that juxtaposes the war in Vietnam and protests by students at the University of Wisconsin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nate Hendrix | 2/11/2014

    " This book covers events that happened in October, 1967 in Vietnam, University of Wisconsin and Washington. A horrific battle in Vietnam, a bloody protest againd Dow Chemical at University of Wisconsin and the confusion of Washington. It is a history of thing I had not hear of before, but the writing was a little dry. I was interested in what was going to happen, but I was not emotionaly invested. A good, but not great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mark Cooper | 2/8/2014

    " [Audio] History of a few days on October, 1967. Describes both Hawks and Doves, events here in the US and in VietNam. Impressive that so much can be written about such a short period of time. "

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