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Our Fathers' War: Growing Up in the Shadow of the Greatest Generation

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  4 reviews
It is fair to say that Tom Mathews’s relations with his father, a veteran of World War II’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, were terrible. He came back from the war to a young son he’d barely met and proceeded to bully and browbeat him—for his own good, he thought. In the course of puzzling out almost fifty years of intermittent conflict, Mathews came to understand that the ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 10th 2005 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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David W.
This was a re-read for me.
Speaks to the relationship between war veterans and their sons.
As the son of a WW11 veteran I had lots of questions.
some of them were answered in this book
I got both of my brothers to read it as well
Why did my dad not talk about the war? Seems nobody did.
My dad had PTSD all of his life - nightmares until the day he died.
But how lucky was I? Many of these veterans were alcoholic, and very abusive to their sons.
For many there was no communication at all - or worse yet n
awesome book made the first generation after the war realize much of their father's behavior. A must read for those who are now gray headed who had father's in the war.
Interesting. What I found unusual was that most of the people interviewed, the children of the men who fought the war, were men. Why not women?
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