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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a war book, but a Generation testamonial, March 19, 2000
This review is from: The Greatest Generation (Hardcover)
It seems many people have this book confused as a testimony ofWorld War II, but I challenge you to re-think your stance. The titlecan be no clearer: The Greatest Generation. Yes, there are the stories of the men who fought in WWII, but what of the women back home, the wives, the children, the neighbors, the relatives.
This is a great book in understanding the moral up-bringing and pride and sense of responsibility that was prominent back in the 40's and 50's but has seemed to disapear with the current generation. Our generation will be remembered as the one who blamed everybody but themselves for personal problems and making frivoulos lawsuits.
These were people who came out of a depression just to go into a war, and for those that came back, to turn there lives around. Not just for themselves, but for their families, and for ours today. They didin't know the word defeat, and made sure there families were a priority (can we say that about ourselves today?)
This book took people from all walks of life and painted a very realistic picture of what patriotic pride is all about. They weren't seeking glory or money, but had a deeper meaning of fullfilling a wanting in their hearts to help their fellow American.
Some of the individual account can be a bit tedious at times, but there are many other stories of what true hero's are/were and that doesn't mean you had to be holding a rifle. There were plety of unsung hero's back here at home.
With myself just turning 30, I am convinced that those Americans (of all backgrounds) of the 40's and 50's truly were the Greatest Generation. They were the generation that ensured we would have our own generation.
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