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The Greatest Generation Paperback – May 1, 2001
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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
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
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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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.
While reading this book and gaining a better understanding of that generation, especially the last section of the book that talked about the people of that generation who continued to serve in the government, I started to understand why our government is so screwed up now. The generation that is in our Congress now have no clue of sacrifice or serving or even doing the job they are getting paid to do.
I think everyone should read it.