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Brave Men, Gentle Heroes: American Fathers and Sons in World War II and Vietnam Paperback – Bargain Price, November 2, 2004
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For A Complicated Man I interviewed 171 people who knew Bill Clinton -- from the cousin who took him to the Saturday westerns in Hope, Arkansas, to a former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff; from classmates at every stage of his education to familiar journalists like Sam Donaldson and Tom Brokaw; as well as over two dozen current and former members of Congress, from Democrats like Barney Frank and Dale Bumpers to Republicans like Bob Dole and the late Henry Hyde. I even met the publisher of Hustler magazine, Larry Flynt.
For a lifelong political junkie like me, it was fascinating and great fun. And I like to think that those words also describe the book.
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Top Customer Reviews
Even if you're a pacifist, even if war is the last thing you care to read about, this book is just an amazing read. It's a war book that reads like a novel with each story you read. You learn about the history, and you're learning about it first hand. I've never learned so much about World War II or Vietnam from the perspective of a real person. It's not just the facts, it's the emotions, it's every detail. I would reccommend this book to anyone looking for a good, emotional read, not just a war enthusiast.
The author has done a great job of finding father-son pairs and presenting their compelling stories.
Not every veteran believes the sacrifice they made was beneficial, and that's an important thing to remember and appreciate. Some of these veterans question the things they did and saw. It's important that they do that because if we don't question our history, we can't learn from it. Some of these veterans look back fondly on their experiences even though they went through very difficult times, and some of them have very negative thoughts despite relatively lesser difficulties. No two people expereince the exact same things and no two people will view them the same way if they did. It's important to understand that war means many different things to many people and that the people that fight wars are human beings, citizens, fathers and sons, mothers and daughters. This book helps you appreciate that.
Both of my grandfathers and one of my grandmothers were veterans (one grandfather of a vet of WWII and the other two were Korean veterans). My grandfather who fought in WWII spoke often about his experiences, but mostly about his brothers in arms and the comraderie they shared. There's a lot of that in this book, but there's a lot more raw emotion to experience from the men in this book who talk about the horrible things they experienced. My grandfather never spoke of those things and thinking about it now makes me sad for him because I know he must have had a terrible pain in his heart.Read more ›
Viet Nam was primarily a political war and many viewpoints are represented among those interviewed. It was nice not to have those opinions sanitized. I could not tell if their was an agenda to this book since many viewpoints were portrayed.
I felt I got my money's worth from just reading the chapters from the Novosels and Tarbells. You could make a great movie about the Novosels or Tarbells with no problem!
An unexpected thrill for me was reading the kind things said by Albert Tarbell about my uncle and our family. I knew that Albert had been interviewed for a book, but had no idea what he said until I read it. In real life you will not meet a nicer, humbler person.
If you are bored by living history, do not read this book. If you want to raise your level of understanding about what happened to the lives of men during and after wartime by a notch or two, this book is a valuable resource. (Dr. Phil Rosenkrantz, Cal Poly University, Pomona, CA)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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!Published 9 months ago by Georgeanna M. Rivas
I picked this up on the bargain shelf at a local bookstore. It reminds me a bit of Studs Terkel's manner of storytelling. Takiff simply let's the people speak for themselves. Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by 1
I especially like the parts that have my relatives in it. A nice idea to have fathers and sons in it together.Published on June 20, 2013 by Ruth
This was an awesome book. I thoroughly enjoy reading about past military experiences and hearing stories of how things used to be back then. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Carlos
A very readable 500+ pages. The experiences related are one or several pages long, & this makes for a very flexible "anytime" read, where you can put it down & pick it back up,... Read morePublished on July 21, 2010 by flagday1960
Michael Takiff clearly understands the men he interviewed and whose sagas he reports. He is sensitive to their manner of speech, their language and their feelings. Read morePublished on November 6, 2008 by ReaderReader
I read this book with great interest, having just finished Mike Jackson's exciting and inspirational Naked In Da Nang. This book also features Lt. Col. Read morePublished on October 18, 2004 by Rod Rameus
Rebeccasreads highly recommends BRAVE MEN, GENTLE HEROES as a treasure. Warriors telling their memories, fathers & sons thinking about the time that defined their lives. Read morePublished on May 31, 2004 by Rebecca Brown