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The Greatest Generation (Tom Brokaw) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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But perhaps I can point out an additional, less-commented-on lesson from the book: Despite the consistent themes of responsibility and duty which underlie almost every account, these people were far more diverse than we today have given them credit for. They were not monolithically conservative, worshipers of the Establishment, traditionally religious, obsessed with making money, conformist gray-flannel people with 2.6 kids and a stay-at-home mom in each family. For example, when the Viet Nam war and the associated 60s protests arrived, the reactions and tolerance levels of these people varied widely. Their values and lifestyles were about as diverse as those we find in our new century.
The one clear difference between that generation and subsequent ones can be summed up in two words: no whining. In the entire book, I don't recall a single individual even mentioning the word "rights" as they applied to himself or herself. No one believed that he or she was entitled to special privileges or to live at the expense of anyone else. No one expected the world to be fair. They took the world as they found it, and made the best of it.
The only failure that the Greatest Generation can be charged with is that they were so successful in building a society where everything came easily.Read more ›
Brokaw leaves no stone unturned or class of veteran out in the cold. He starts with ordinary people, the people on the home front, heroes, women in uniform and out, [our] shame, love, marriage and commitment, and famous people.
The ordinary people were just that, ordinary in an extraordinary way. Parents and kids were compelled to survive by keeping the family unit intact. Parents searched for any job that would bring cloth or food to the home, and children disciplined by denial, accomplished a full day of work before going to school. They made do, they went without, or they made it themselves. These were the people who were already in training for their participation in World War II, but didn't realize it.
The people on the home front toiled eighty-hours a week to keep the troops in equipment and supplies. Farm boys were highly sought after by Boeing, builders of the B-17 Flying Fortress and the B-29 Super Fortress. The company knew that when the farm tractor broke down it had to be fixed, on the spot, without help. Their intuition paid off many times over.
The home front could also be said to be the start of the women's movement.Read more ›
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I should have read it sooner. It helped me realize what my family did to get through WWII.Tom Brokaw relates to the reader the many stories of both the common man and the uncommon... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Matthew B. Thornton
Loved it, Made me appreciate my folks more. Dad was in WWII and in the Navy. Mr. Brokaw did a marvelous job and it made me proud.! Thanks Mr Brokaw for such a patriotic book,Published 13 days ago by Maureen T.
Very interesting how post war lives turned out. No wonder that generation is used to making do with what they have.Published 18 days ago by Margee
Was a required reading for my high school junior son. He shared that the book was very informative and now he understands more about current political and world issues.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer