Duty A Father, His Son, and the Man Who Won the War

ISBN-10: 0380814110
ISBN-13: 9780380814114
Edition: 2001
Authors: Bob Greene
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Description: When Bob Greene went home to central Ohio to be with his dying father, it set off a chain of events that led him to knowing his dad in a way he never had before--thanks to a quiet man who lived just a few miles away, a man who had changed the  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 4/24/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

When Bob Greene went home to central Ohio to be with his dying father, it set off a chain of events that led him to knowing his dad in a way he never had before--thanks to a quiet man who lived just a few miles away, a man who had changed the history of the world. Greene's father -- a soldier with an infantry division in World War II--often spoke of seeing the man around town. All but anonymous even in his own city, carefully maintaining his privacy, this man, Greene's father would point out to him, had "won the war." He was Paul Tibbets. At the age of twenty-nine, at the request of his country, Tibbets assembled a secret team of 1,800 American soldiers to carry out the single most violent act in the history of mankind. In 1945 Tibbets piloted a plane--which he called Enola Gay, after his mother -- to the Japanese city of Hiroshima, where he dropped the atomic bomb. On the morning after the last meal he ever ate with his father, Greene went to meet Tibbets. What developed was an unlikely friendship that allowed Greene to discover things about his father, and his father's generation of soldiers, that he never fully understood before. DUTY is the story of three lives connected by history, proximity, and blood; indeed, it is many stories, intimate and achingly personal as well as deeply historic. In one soldier's memory of a mission that transformed the world -- and in a son's last attempt to grasp his father's ingrained sense of honor and duty -- lies a powerful tribute to the ordinary heroes of an extraordinary time in American life. What Greene came away with is found history and found poetry -- a profoundly moving work that offers a vividly new perspective on responsibility, empathy, and love. It is an exploration of and response to the concept of duty as it once was and always should be: quiet and from the heart. On every page you can hear the whisper of a generation and its children bidding each other farewell.

Bob Greene is a syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune. His book topics have included politics, basketball, and rock and roll; he toured with Alice Cooper to get the background for Billion Dollar Baby (1974). His books are often a collection of his newspaper columns, covering a wide range of topics with interesting portraits of both everyday people and celebrities, but sometimes focus on his own reactions to life's changes. The rediscovery of his old high school diary resulted in Be True to Your School: A Diary of 1964 (1987). Turning age 50 led to his The Fifty Year Dash: The Feelings, Foibles, and Fears of Being Half-a-Century Old (1997). Greene was born in 1947 and lives in Illinois with his wife, Susan, and their daughter Amanda, who provided the inspiration for his book Good Morning, Merry Sunshine: A Father's Journal of His Child's First Year (1984).

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