adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT
adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $42.52

Buy for $42.52

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

"A story of epic proportions [and] an awesome feat of biographical reconstruction." (The Boston Globe)

This program includes an original foreword, read by Rick Atkinson, and exclusive to the audiobook, as well as a bonus conversation between the author and Ty Seidule

A classic of its kind, The Long Gray Line is the 25-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.

A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company

©2009 Rick Atkinson (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

The Long Gray Line is a profoundly moving saga in which the US Military Academy at West Point stands center stage. In mufti or olive drab, at peace or war, amidst joy or grief, in life or death, the academy shapes all. The author has captured its ethos. If you want to see a slice of the nation's manhood in a drama of troubled times and find its heart, feel its emotions, sense its dilemmas, then read this book. It is a stunning story.” (Colin L. Powell)

“Enormously rich in detail and written with a novelist's brilliance.... A very moving book.” (James Salter, The Washington Post Book World)

“A story of epic proportions [and] awesome feat of biographical reconstruction.... A difficult book to put down.” (Cullen Murphy, The Boston Globe)

What listeners say about The Long Gray Line

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    50
  • 4 Stars
    6
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    46
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    45
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A splendid historical account of honor, love, sacrifice and tradgety

I read the hardcover upon initial release and passed it off for others to enjoy. When it found it’s way back to me years later, I read it again. I just finished my third trip through the Audible version. I am still deeply moved by Mr. Atkinson’s stunning story of West Points Class of 1966.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A classic

History, biography, literature, poetry. An incredibly well-written - and narrated! - book. God bless the author, and especially the warriors and their families who sacrifice more than we ever imagine to protect FREEDOM and our constitutional democratic Republic (which is not, nor was it ever intended to be, nor should it ever be allowed to disintegrate into, a pure “democracy”.)

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fascinating Look at Class of ‘66

Thank you Rick Atkinson for another amazing read. For someone who doesn’t know much about West Point, this is a most fascinating. It’s a biography about a group of West Point cadets who came to the American institution with all the promise that every other young person has when going into and leaving college. And then life starts with it’s nothing but colossal curveballs and unforeseen roadblocks. Many cadets fought in Vietnam, met horrible deaths, or went in directions they wouldn’t have imagined upon graduation. This is the story of lives and the reader cannot help but getting completely engrossed. Adam Barr’s narration is exceptional.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

His First Book-It Stands With All the Others

I happened upon this book accidentally as Audible promoted it to its readers of military history. I have read his trilogy on World War II, which I found fascinating, so I ventured into this one. I have not been disappointed. I place it alongside his more renowned books. A great read.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

INCREDIBLE STORY OF WEST POINT CADETS OF 1966!

I throughly enjoyed this outstanding book - The story of so many key Cadets who would move on as US Army Officers in the bloody jungles of Vietnam - and beyond.

Excellent writing by Rick Atchison - and top-notch narration. Small wonder that this book is still highly valued and used by the US Army Leaders of today. I hope this work remains in it's importance for decades to come.

YES - This work is well-worth the time of all who love the USA, and those answering the call to defend this Great Nation!

GRADE: A+

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

An important look at USMA and the men it produced.

This is an excellent book by historian Rick Atkinson. It is not in the same vein as his superb 3 volume study of the US Army in Africa and Europe during WW2; it is a personal account of young men becoming warriors. A minor flaw - "Honky Tonk Women" came out in 1969, not in 1964. Of course, Atkinson could be referring to another song..

Anyway, a fine book.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Overall excellent

This was a great read overall. For me it became rather tedious in prolonged discussion of each year at West Point. I think it could have been shortened significantly without detracting from the overall narrative. The discussion of experiences in Nam was excellent as was the follow up after most members left the army. It made me curious what they are doing now (2021). Also more comparisons to earlier classes would have been nice. But overall an EXCELLENT discussion of what goes on at West Point. I would highly recommend this book.