- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (November 30, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375502025
- ISBN-13: 978-0375502026
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (961 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Veteran reporter and NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw went to France to make a documentary marking the 40th anniversary of D-day in 1984. Although he was thoroughly briefed on the historical background of the invasion, he was totally unprepared for how it would affect him emotionally. Flooded with childhood memories of World War II, Brokaw began asking veterans at the ceremony to revisit their past and talk about what happened, triggering a chain reaction of war-torn confessions and Brokaw's compulsion to capture their experiences in what he terms "the permanence a book would represent."
After almost 15 years and hundreds of letters and interviews, Brokaw wrote The Greatest Generation, a representative cross-section of the stories he came across. However, this collection is more than a mere chronicle of a tumultuous time, it's history made personal by a cast of everyday people transformed by extraordinary circumstances: the first women to break the homemaker mold, minorities suffering countless indignities to boldly fight for their country, infantrymen who went on to become some of the most distinguished leaders in the world, small-town kids who became corporate magnates. From the reminiscences of George Bush and Julia Child to the astonishing heroism and moving love stories of everyday people, The Greatest Generation salutes those whose sacrifices changed the course of American history. --Rebekah Warren
From School Library Journal
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
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My parents would go to the main highway in town and pick up G.I. hitch hikers and bring them home for some of my mom's home cooking. They would ,sometimes stay over night, and then the folks would take them toward their destination as far as our gas stamp allowance would allow.
I did not see this kind of love of country when I came home from Viet Nam . I am sadden at our ," What is in it for me " attitude that prevails .
Great stories and only wish we had that kind of spirit and love of the USA today .
Through their personal recollections, I gained a much deeper appreciation and reverence for what my father, stepfather, uncles and family members undertook and endured; stories of experiences that I will never fully comprehend, yet for which I will always hold deep appreciation and gratitude. I have a better understanding of what real patriotism truly is as opposed to the jingoism tirelessly flaunted in today's mainstream media.
If you hold even passing interest or casual curiosity about WWII and how it ultimately shaped our world, I highly recommend this book.
When I saw Tom Brokaw's "The Greatest Generation" I got the Kindle edition, started it, and I can't put it down. His personal accounts of the lives of those he writes about makes you feel as if you are there with them. The Greatest Generation is truly, without a doubt, the generation that gave us back our country, and made us the greatest country in the world. Mr. Brokaw writes so that we can see what is happening at the time, live it, feel the pain of the loses and the pride of the defeats. If only we could go back to the way the Greatest Generation dealt with life.
Ironically, My College History Professor's first name is Tom, So, to Mr. Brokaw and to Prof. Tom G. I owe you a debt of gratitude for my new love of History.