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Tom Brokaw was born in 1940, but it wasn't until he was a famous newscaster that he began to contemplate what his parents' generation--those born between 1910 and the mid-1920s--had accomplished. Narrating his own book, he discusses the sacrifices those men and women made: the bodily harm they suffered in war, the diligence with which they built families and businesses, the courage they displayed in rehabilitating their war wounds, the integrity and values that infused their lives. "They never whined or whimpered," Brokaw notes. The stories these men and women tell Brokaw are consistently startling--triumphant, tragic, courageous, sad, miraculous. Although Brokaw never gets maudlin or sappy, most people will find it impossible to listen to this audiobook with dry eyes. (Running time: 4 hours, 3 cassettes) --Lou Schuler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
YA-Brokaw defines "the greatest generation" as American citizens who came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to build modern America. The vehicle used to define the generation further is the stories told by a cross section of men and women throughout the country. The approximately 50 stories are listed in the table of contents under eight topics: Ordinary People; Homefront; Heroes; Women in Uniform and Out; Shame; Love, Marriage and Commitment; Famous People; and the Arena. The individuals are brought to life by photographs within each chapter. YAs will find this book to be a good resource for decade and World War II research. Unlike any era YAs have known, the 1940s are characterized by a people united by a common cause and values.
Carol Clark, formerly at Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A great story of the WWII soldiers & civilians contributing to a victory in this war.
This is the last war we won unconditionally.
The greatest generation is a great testament to the men and women who spent most of their adult lives fighting WWII. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Chris Hamilton
I bought it for my dad and he really enjoyed it. I tried reading it and didn't like it...it made me think of all those times my grandparents / parents lectured me on how things... Read morePublished 18 days ago by JOSHUA DAVID TITUS
Too much emphasis on women, statesmen from Ivy League schools, people from the Dakotas(I wonder why), treatment of Negroes, and the internment of Japanese. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Peyton
I love it! Very insightful and beautifully written. I would expect nothing less from Tom Brokaw.Published 23 days ago by adam bruno