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In his earlier books, TV news anchor Tom Brokaw has leaned heavily on the experiences of others to remember and define what he calls "the Greatest Generation"--those who came of age during World War II and its aftermath. In A Long Way Home Brokaw turns inward to focus on his own experiences growing up in South Dakota, his early years a broadcaster working in a then-novel medium, and his still-deep connection to the Midwestern people, places, and values that shaped him. In this bluntly effective and homespun memoir, Brokaw argues that, no matter how far one may travel--say, to New York and through five decades of a successful broadcast journalism career--it's possible to remain a true creature of the heartlands. It's a message that is likely to resonate most emphatically with those of Brokaw's generation, though its basic premise can be applied more universally as well. --David Bombeck --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"For as long as I or anyone in my family can remember, I have been a chatterbox, someone with a verbal facility and an eager attitude about exercising it," writes news anchor Brokaw in this follow-up to An Album of Memories: Personal Histories from the Greatest Generation. The author's tendency to fill space with words comes across loud and clear in these pages, as the book is essentially a soup to nuts oral history of an all-American kid's years growing up in the Midwest. Brokaw was born in 1940 in Webster, S.Dak., and lived in the area for the first 22 years of his life. The son of upstanding farmers who lived by the motto of "waste not, want not," Brokaw had a squeaky-clean childhood and adolescence, ruled by work, sports and family. His memoir reflects that straight-arrowed monotony, with chapters entitled "Games," "Boom Time" and "On the Air." And although the prose and subject matter are largely dry and mundane, Brokaw does occasionally reflect on the bigger picture, recalling, for example, that while he was going to high school basketball games, Rosa Parks's bus boycott was making history hundreds of miles away. His sweet recollections of his early journalism career-he got his start volunteering at a small radio station-will probably interest nostalgic readers more than young journalists. Peppered with photographs of "Mother and Dad helping out at Yankton's Teen Canteen, 1958" and other similar images, this tribute to an idyllic childhood should please Brokaw's loyal fans. Photos.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Tom Brokaw has a great history of the midwest along with his own accomplishments in this book! Read it for yourself and give it for a gift!Published 1 month ago by Retired Reader
This was a captivating glimpse into the transformation of the the young Tom Brokaw into the man we all admire today. It is an easy read which was impossible to put down. Read morePublished 2 months ago by cabin reader
The book was not in as good of shape as it was described. There was a toothpick inside the book ! The story was OK, but not as good as his other books.Published 2 months ago by Ks. Grma
Great about growing up in SD and small town life. Very down-to-earth, straight- forward, well-written. Thoughtful and honest.Published 2 months ago by Lou
This book offers a real insight into the foundation of one of the best TV anchors. This one worthwhile read.Published 3 months ago by Barb Edquist
Many people can relate to sitting in the home of a grandparent as they recount the mundane moments of days gone by, but one may be hard pressed to recall a time when a national... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nathan Skaggs