Brave Men, Gentle Heroes: American Fathers and Sons in World War II and Vietnam
|Rating||:||4.88 (788 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||560 Pages|
B&w photos throughout. Nonetheless, Takiff does succeed in backing up his central argument-"war marks individuals for life, war marks families for generations"-and there are some surprises, including the thoughtful remembrances of a gay Vietnam veteran and an off-the-wall story about a squad of GIs who took two days off from the war to fraternize and smoke marijuana with three North Vietnamese soldiers. From Publishers Weekly "World War II and Vietnamhave more in common with one another, and are more connected to one another, than we ordinarily realize," Ta
"A Unique Book" according to Rumpelstiltskin. This is not a book that I would normally have picked up at the bookstore but the beautiful cover drew my interest and the photographs inside made me curious to learn more about the men who were the subjects of these interviews. Michael Takiff lets these men tell their stories of fear and camaraderie, destruction and struggle, family and the return to regular life in a way that brings these men to life. The brief overview of the historical s. Georgeanna M. Rivas said Great Buy!. Good price, good read! Interesting enough I found my grandfather and my two uncles! I'd like to get in touch with the author for an autograph!. A penetrating picture of the men who fought our wars Having treated veterans of WWII and Vietnam for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I recommend this book highly. Mr. Takiff has written a profound account of what war does to the human spirit. "Brave men, gentle heroes' is well written with interesting biographic details which add to the insightful pictures of our veterans. Hearing their own voices adds to the power of the message.
Officers and enlisted men, career servicemen and citizen soldiers. In these pages you will find war's carnage and war's heroism, war's purpose and war's futility, war's meaning and war's tragic meaninglessness.Taken together, the stories in Brave Men, Gentle Heroes tell the history of two wars, each the defining experience of a generation. But the stories in Brave Men, Gentle Heroes are also rich with elements intrinsic to all wars and all soldiers: courage, honor, service, duty, youth, adventure, fear, idealism, love of country and of family, exasperation with military bureaucracy. But what did they do to American families? Molded by the awful crucible of war, these seemingly ordinary men offer extraordinary insights into what it means to be a warrior, an American, a father, and a son.Brave Men, Gentle Heroes is a book for those who have been to war and those who have been spared its horror. It is a book for individuals to reflect upon and families to share.. Men of European, African, Asian, Latino, and Native American ancestry. This is history told not at the level of presidents and generals, but through the recollections of men who shouldered the rifles, manned the ships, and flew the planes. Men who speak with the authentic voices of an Indiana farmer, a Brooklyn bus driver, a Louisiana businessman, a S