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The Greatest Generation Collection Hardcover – September 28, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House (September 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812965213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812965216
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 3.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A moving scrapbook...a tribute to the members of the World War II generation to whom we Americans and the world owe so much."
-- The New York Times Book Review

"Full of wonderful, wrenching tales of a generation of heroes. Tom Brokaw reminds us of what we are capable of as a people. An inspiring read for those who wish their spirits lifted."
-- General Colin L. Powell (ret.)

"Entirely compelling."
-- The Wall Street Journal

"Written with love and grace ... a book I will keep forever on my shelves."
-- Frank McCourt, author of 'Tis

"Heartfelt ... A sweeping tribute to Americans who saved the world. It offers welcome inspiration."
-- The Washington Times


Don't miss the heartwarming New York Times bestseller that gives voice to The Greatest Generation:

The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters and Reflections

Coming in July 2001 from Dell


From the Trade Paperback edition.

From the Inside Flap

"In the spring of 1984, I went to the northwest of France, to Normandy, to prepare an NBC documentary on the fortieth anniversary of D-Day, the massive and daring Allied invasion of Europe that marked the beginning of the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. There, I underwent a life-changing experience. As I walked the beaches with the American veterans who had returned for this anniversary, men in their sixties and seventies, and listened to their stories, I was deeply moved and profoundly grateful for all they had done. Ten years later, I returned to Normandy for the fiftieth anniversary of the invasion, and by then I had come to understand what this generation of Americans meant to history. It is, I believe, the greatest generation any society has ever produced."

In this superb book, Tom Brokaw goes out into America, to tell through the stories of individual men and women the story of a generation, America's citizen heroes and heroines who came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to build modern America. This generation was united not only by a common purpose, but also by common values--duty, honor, economy, courage, service, love of family and country, and, above all, responsibility for oneself. In this book, you will meet people whose everyday lives reveal how a generation persevered through war, and were trained by it, and then went on to create interesting and useful lives and the America we have today.

"At a time in their lives when their days and nights should have been filled with innocent adventure, love, and the lessons of the workaday world, they were fighting in the most primitive conditions possible across the bloodied landscape of France, Belgium, Italy, Austria, and the coral islands of the Pacific. They answered the call to save the world from the two most powerful and ruthless military machines ever assembled, instruments of conquest in the hands of fascist maniacs. They faced great odds and a late start, but they did not protest. They succeeded on every front. They won the war; they saved the world. They came home to joyous and short-lived celebrations and immediately began the task of rebuilding their lives and the world they wanted. They married in record numbers and gave birth to another distinctive generation, the Baby Boomers. A grateful nation made it possible for more of them to attend college than any society had ever educated, anywhere. They gave the world new science, literature, art, industry, and economic strength unparalleled in the long curve of history. As they now reach the twilight of their adventurous and productive lives, they remain, for the most part, exceptionally modest. They have so many stories to tell, stories that in many cases they have never told before, because in a deep sense they didn't think that what they were doing was that special, because everyone else was doing it too.

"This book, I hope, will in some small way pay tribute to those men and women who have given us the lives we have today--an American family portrait album of the greatest generation."

In this book you'll meet people like Charles Van Gorder, who set up during D-Day a MASH-like medical facility in the middle of the fighting, and then came home to create a clinic and hospital in his hometown. You'll hear George Bush talk about how, as a Navy Air Corps combat pilot, one of his assignments was to read the mail of the enlisted men under him, to be sure no sensitive military information would be compromised. And so, Bush says, "I learned about life." You'll meet Trudy Elion, winner of the Nobel Prize in medicine, one of the many women in this book who found fulfilling careers in the changed society as a result of the war. You'll meet Martha Putney, one of the first black women to serve in the newly formed WACs. And you'll meet the members of the Romeo Club (Retired Old Men Eating Out), friends for life.

Through these and other stories in The Greatest Generation, you'll relive with ordinary men and women, military heroes, famous people of great achievement, and community leaders how these extraordinary times forged the values and provided the training that made a people and a nation great.


From the Hardcover edition.

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Heard THE GREATEST GENERATION, written and read by Tom Brokaw.
Blaine Greenfield
This book is a tribute to the men and women who, at a very young age went and fought for this country.
MJ
The Greatest Generation is a must-read for each and every American.
Janice Bryan

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bret R. Wright on October 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I just finished this book. I know it's years old, but it's new to me. I sat down with it expecting to basically have a written version of any History Channel documentary about the World War II generation. In some respects, I suppose that's what it is. On the other hand, the vignettes and profiles that Brokaw has included in his book are fascinating, and some are heartrending. To watch one's brother receive a fatal injury in battle, and be helpless to do anything about it . . . that's just horrific.

This book delves into the psyche of the generation of my grandfather. It goes a long way in explaining why and how he interacted with my father, and even with me. Coming from what I sometimes call the "touchy-feely generation," I always wondered why Grandpa never talked about is war experiences. We all knew that he'd been blown over the side of his ship during a kamikaze attack, and that he was subsequently taken prisoner by the Japanese, but that's really about it. He never, ever opened up and talked about it. It was perplexing.

After reading Brokaw's book, I now understand why Grandpa was the way he was a little better. Brokaw chose his subjects well in The Greatest Generation, and I think he builds his case well, too (although he tends toward fluffy adverbial phrases, which I find a bit too saccharine on occassion.) This is an easy read, and it's broken into bite-size chunks that make it an easy book to come back to for specifics. As a teacher, I appreciate Brokaw's insight into the generation that helped to establish the U.S. as a superpower, and the drive and determination that went into everything they did.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By runningbarb on May 5, 2009
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This is an amazing account of a generation that is all-too-rapidly leaving our ranks. Those who knew members of this generation should consider themselves blessed, as we may never see another group of people quite like this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Allen on September 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Tom Brokaw has coined the World War II generation the greatest generation ever. In this book, he chronicles the lives and times of those who fought in World War II and how it affected them. The book is broken up into sections with miniature biographies of individuals telling of there lives before, during, and after the War.

Undeniably, there were tremendous sacrifices by those in uniform and at home and the whole country rallied to help the troops win the war. The book includes average Joe and Jill type of people as well as more well known veterans such as Hank Greenberg, Bob Dole, Andy Rooney, George H.W. Bush, John F. Kennedy, and Art Buchwald. It also covers the story of women's contributions to the war effort whether in or out of uniform. Additionally, the civil rights issues of equality to minorities is covered in fairly extensive detail. Some of the stories describing the inequalities and discrimination which occurred provided better insight into the nature of things in that day.

By and large, veterans following the war were eager to get on with life, start families and successful business and political careers. The war helped shape their focus and sense of purpose. This generation helped create a framework upon which all living in America today now benefit.

Towards the end of the book, things seemed to slow down a bit and the overall flow of the book could probably have benefited from cutting down the length 50 or so pages. This is not to say the stories were not worthy of being told, it simply had a feeling of weightiness and length at 390 pages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on November 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Heard THE GREATEST GENERATION, written and read by Tom
Brokaw.

It is a collection of some 50 stories about Americans born between
1910 and the mid-1920s who "never shined or whimpered" . .. they
instead got us through World War II and then helped build modern
America.

Brokaw divides these tales over eight topics: Ordinary People; Homefront;
Heroes; Women in Uniform and Out; Shame; Love, Marriage and Commitment;
Famous People; and the Arena.

I enjoyed hearing about many folks who would achieve fame in a variety
of endeavors, including Ben Bradlee, Art Buchwald, Andy Rooney and
Julia Child . . . many others entered politics, such as Mark Hatfield, Robert
Dole and George H. W. Bush . . . however, the tale that most moved me
was the one about Thomas Broderick, an ordinary soldier who
was blinded in the war but who went on to become a successful
businessman and father.

I'll have to revisit the print version of the book to see the accompanying
pictures . . . yet I'd do it again (listen to the audio version) just to catch
Brokaw's narration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janice Bryan on August 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Tom Brokaw has brought forth one of the most inspiring and touching
accounts ever written.The Greatest Generation is a must-read for each
and every American.
His subjects will leave the reader feeling both admiration and gratitude
for these wonderful individuals and their sacrifices for our great nation.
You will be thankful for being an American when you experience this book.
Jeffrey Bryan
white Oak,NC
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