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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2006


    Mr. Takiff has given us one of the best descriptions yet of what combat does to ordinary people. Our debt to these citizens can never be repaid, but after reading this book we better realize what we owe them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2003

    This is a MUST READ for all Vets their loved ones, and anyone wanting to begin to understand the life long effect of combat on those that take up arms in the service of our country.

    I'm not sure that 'enjoyed' is the right word to use to describe my feelings for 'Brave Men'. It's a powerful book that tells this story like no other book that I have read. It has caused me to think about my service experience in different ways and has given me a new and different awareness of the long term effect of combat on the men that survived that experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2003

    A must read

    'Brave Men, Gentle Heroes' bridges the differences between WWII and Vietnam by having father and son veterans describe the similarities of their experiences, both during and after the wars. For all the differences in their wars, support at home, reasons for being at war, the similarities are striking. Realistic, poignant, page-turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2003

    Read This Book!

    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 situation at the time helps put the soldiers and their memories in context. Some chapters are painful to read but in these scary times it was reassuring to be reminded how courageous people can be in very very tough situations far from home. I found this book compelling and elegantly written.

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