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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, when Tom doesn't get in the way., November 30, 2000
This review is from: The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters and Reflections (Hardcover)
"The Greatest Generation Speaks" is an easy follow-up to The Greatest Generation: In this little book, Tom Brokaw forwards many of the letters he received after writing (with a lot of help) the first book.
Perhaps the follow-up is a little better because more space is devoted to the words of those who lived through the Depression and World War 11. Their experiences speak for themselves. The over-patriotic and sappy text that introduces each of their letters just gets in the way.
I have no doubt about Mr. Brokaw's good intentions. And I don't want in any way want to show disrespect toward the courageous men and women who are the subjects of these two books.
But bad writing is bad writing, and this applies to the 20 percent of the book that Mr. Brokaw and his assistants produced. The subjects deserve simple respect, not a gusher of uninhibited, flag-waving adulation.
If you are interested in reading more compelling, honest and well-written first hand accounts of this era, I suggest "The Good War" by Studs Terkel.
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