The Nightingale's Song

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 11, 1996 - History - 544 pages
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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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User Review  - Tony Randall - Goodreads

Very eye opening history as it relates to and was shaped by some very interesting men. Read full review

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User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

I found this book confusing. The author's choice, to profile five separate men involved in Iran Contra, from Annapolis through Vietnam and into the Reagan administration, left me with little ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
23
Fire at Sea
92
Do You Want to Go Home?
132
CONTENTS II The Natural
151
Trusting the System
162
Tis the Season to Be lolly
171
Stranger in a Strange Land
175
The Reasonable and Honest War Criminal
188
Pug Henry
248
Women Cant Fight
255
Guerrilla Warfare
264
Garlic in a Crowded Elevator
272
The Nightingales Song Introduction
285
Ollie Bud and ohn
293
The Candidate from Hanoi
299
Scorpions in a Jar
306

Long Tall Sally
193
The Water Walker
199
Adult Education
212
A Tutorial with the Greats
221
Reentry
229
A Change of Heart
234
Noble Cause Redux
318
The Doubters
329
A Note on Research Methods
477
Acknowledgments
522
Copyright

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Page 506 - There are no marching armies or solemn declarations. Some citizens of South Vietnam at times with understandable grievances have joined in the attack on their own government. But we must not let this mask the central fact that this is really war.

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About the author (1996)

Robert Timberg graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1964 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He served with the First Marine Division in South Vietnam from March 1966 to February 1967.

Timberg has been a newspaper reporter for the past twenty-five years. From 1973 to 1981 he worked for the Baltimore Evening Sun. In 1981 he joined the Washington bureau of the Baltimore Sun. From 1983 to 1988 he was the Sun's White House correspondent. In 1986 he was awarded the Aldo Beckman Award, given annually by the White House Correspondents Association for excellence in covering the White House. He is currently deputy chief of the Sun's Washington bureau.

Timberg holds a master's degree in journalism from Stanford. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

In addition to daily reporting, Timberg has contributed articles to Esquire, the Washington Journalism Review, and Nieman Reports.

He lives with his wife, Kelley Andrews, a federal government official, and youngest son, Sam, in Bethesda, Maryland. He has three older children, Scott and Craig, both newspaper reporters, and Amanda, a senior in college.

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