Duty:A Father, His Son, And The Man Who Won The War by Bob GreeneDuty:A Father, His Son, And The Man Who Won The War by Bob Greene

Duty:A Father, His Son, And The Man Who Won The War

byBob Greene

Paperback | April 24, 2001

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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.

Award-winning journalist Bob Greene is the author of six New York Times bestsellers and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Op-Ed page.
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Title:Duty:A Father, His Son, And The Man Who Won The WarFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:April 24, 2001Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0380814110

ISBN - 13:9780380814114

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"Here is one of the most heartwarming books I've ever read. Anyone who remembers World War II will hang on every word. What a fabulous read! Run, don't walk, to your favorite bookstore, and get this blockbuster."-- Ann Landers"[Greene] delineates one of the most significant cultural divides in America--between the deeply dutiful World War II generation and its more cynical and radically individualistic descendants."-- "The New York Times Book Review"A touching look at parent-child relationships and the psychological distance that can grow between generations."-- "Booklist"A personal odyssey . . . a touching look at the differences between generations and the many actions--large and small--that define us."-- "Rocky Mountain News"Bob Greene has written a lot of great stuff the past 25 years, but his best may be "Duty. [Greene] interlaces a stirring tribute to World War II veterans with a moving portrait of how life has changed for them."-- "The San Diego Union-Tribune""Duty will make you weep, then smile, then laugh and then weep again. It is a deeply human journey of time and generations. If you read only one book this year, this should be it."-- "Dallas Morning News