Brave Men, Gentle Heroes: American Fathers and Sons in World War II and Vietnam

3.97 avg rating
( 35 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780066210810: Brave Men, Gentle Heroes: American Fathers and Sons in World War II and Vietnam

Brave Men, Gentle Heroes presents the frank, moving, and harrowing stories of men who served in World War II and of their sons who served in Vietnam -- fathers and sons bonded as deeply by their common experience in war as by blood.

These are men who served in the army, navy, air force, and Marine Corps. Officers and enlisted men, career servicemen and citizen soldiers. Men of European, African, Asian, Latino, and Native American ancestry. Men who speak with the authentic voices of an Indiana farmer, a Brooklyn bus driver, a Louisiana businessman, a Seattle machinist. The contrasts between World War II and Vietnam are everywhere in these compelling accounts: the clear aims of World War II, the muddled goals of Vietnam; the heroes' welcome accorded World War II veterans, the scorn heaped upon their sons. 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. 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. 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. We're familiar with the effects of the two wars on world politics. 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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Michael Takiff is a Yale graduate whose writing has appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post. He is the son of a World War II veteran and lives in New York City with his wife and son.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Takiff, Michael
Published by William Morrow (2003)
ISBN 10: 006621081X ISBN 13: 9780066210810
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Dionysos Books
(Arabi, LA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Morrow, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New item. May have light shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # 160813435

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.53
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Takiff, Michael
Published by William Morrow (2003)
ISBN 10: 006621081X ISBN 13: 9780066210810
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Morrow, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Complete Numbers Starting with 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX006621081X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.65
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Takiff, Michael
ISBN 10: 006621081X ISBN 13: 9780066210810
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97800662108101.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.55
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Takiff, Michael
Published by William Morrow Cookbooks, U.S.A. (2003)
ISBN 10: 006621081X ISBN 13: 9780066210810
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Mountain Books
(Kent, CT, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Morrow Cookbooks, U.S.A., 2003. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Brand New. Dust Jacket Condition: Brand New. First Edition. Brand new hardcover, dust jacket. We ship fast. Bookseller Inventory # 013147

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Takiff, Michael
Published by William Morrow
ISBN 10: 006621081X ISBN 13: 9780066210810
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
M and N Media
(Acworth, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Morrow. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 006621081X We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Bookseller Inventory # TM-006621081X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 20.79
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Takiff, Michael
Published by William Morrow (2003)
ISBN 10: 006621081X ISBN 13: 9780066210810
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Morrow, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 006621081X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 27.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Takiff, Michael
Published by William Morrow (2003)
ISBN 10: 006621081X ISBN 13: 9780066210810
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Morrow, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11006621081X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 34.12
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds