Item description for The Greatest Generation (Tom Brokaw) by Tom Brokaw...
Outline ReviewTom 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
Product Description 4 cassettes / 4 hours Read by the Author, Tom Brokaw Also available on Compact Disc
In this superb audiobook, Tom Brokaw goes out into America to tell - through the stories of individual men and women - the story of a generation, American's citizen heroes and heroines who came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to bud modern America.
"They won the war; they saved the world. They can home to joyous and short-lived celebrations and immediately began the task of rebuilding their lives and the world they wanted. They married in record numbers and gave birth to another distinctive generation, The Baby Boomers. A grateful nation made it possible for more of them to attend college than any society had ever educated anywhere. They have the world new science, literature, art, industry, and economic strength unparalleled in the long curve of history."
This generation was united not only by a common purpose, but also by common values - duty, honor, economy courage, service, love of family and country, and, above all, responsibility for oneself.
"I am in awe of them, these men and women who have given us the world we have today. I feel privileged to have been witness to their stories. A I came to know many of them I became more and more moved by their everyday excellence - and more and more convinced that this is the greatest generation in our country's history." - Tom Brokaw
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Format: Abridged, Audiobook
Studio: Random House Audio
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.09" Width: 4.44" Height: 1.81" Weight: 0.28 lbs.
Binding Audio Cassette
Release Date Nov 30, 1998
Publisher Random House Audio
ISBN 0375405658 ISBN13 9780375405655
Availability 0 units.
More About Tom Brokaw
Tom Brokaw, a native of South Dakota, graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in political science. He began his journalism career in Omaha and Atlanta before joining NBC News in 1966. Brokaw was the White House correspondent for NBC News during Watergate, and from 1976 to 1981 he anchored Today on NBC. He's been the sole anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw since 1983. Brokaw has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including two DuPonts, a Peabody Award, and several Emmys. He lives in New York and Montana.
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Tom Brokaw currently resides in the state of New York.
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Too fluffy and main concept is debatable Jun 7, 2008
This was a disappointment overall. The anecdotes are always interesting, but the style in which this book was written suits a magazine like People, not a serious historical work of WWII. The general premise seems a bit arrogant and naive. Who is to say that all of the previous and succeeding generations were not greater in their particular circumstances; The Revoloutionary War, The Civil War, the exploration and settling of the West, WWI, the fight for Civil Rights, and the current war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Most accounts I have read of WWII that are realistic and give accounts from front line soldiers and civilians generally conclude that most people were average, and contributed in an average way. Each generation has it's heros and cowards, but for the most part the most of us are average in our sacrifices and commitments, no better or less than the rest of mankind.
Eh, It's OK May 9, 2008
How hard would it have been to compile some couple-page biographies of heroes who served in WW2?
Good ... Apr 6, 2008
I think Tom Brokaw should be applauded for writing this book. A lot of reviewers have commented the contents, which I will not say much.
This is not a book that I can read in one-shot as it is a collate of several stories. Some people have complained about the book for lacking in substance. But, I think the beauty of the book is the "awareness" or appreciation created by these short stories. If people are intersted WWII history, they can always consult their history text books or some of non-fiction books devoted exclusively on the topics. I think the theme of this book is very different from those "well-researched" book. And, I think it will probably reach a wider audience as the book is an easy reading without some details that you will probably not remember after reading them.
So, I will say, for someone who look for poetic writing, go to Shakespear. If someone look for exact facts/figures in WWII, go to their history text book. For those, who want to have a picture what the previous generation, it's a nice starting point.
An inspiring read Mar 13, 2008
Tom Brokaw did a great job of showing how ordinary people faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges became extraodinary.
the greatest generation Feb 28, 2008
I doubt that Mr. Brokaw will see this review. I bought the book but have not read it because I cannot get past the title. I am 85. I was a 20 year old, 128# kid out of North Dakota when I joined the Air Corps, the United States Army Air Force in 1942 and after an excellent training I went over to the Mediterrean and flew 94 missions in three different airplanes. I was one of 17 that came back of the 45 that went over.
I do NOT agree that we were "The Greatest Generation". We were an "Ordinary Generation" faced with an "Extraordinary Problem". Yes, we rose to it.
But the implication I get from his title is that the present generation would not and I repudiate that. I think the present generation would do what we did and I think calling us "The Greatest Generation" insults all other generations. ----------Maj. Charles E. Dills USAFResRetInvol.-------
I was a thoroughly broke orphan with little to no prospects. Using the GI BIll, I got an MS at the George Washington University and a Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from Harvard University. I got a home 43 years ago from the GIBill and we still live in it. I was well thanked. I dress up at least twice a year and attend local ceremonies to remember the 28 other kids that were not as lucky as I was. I give talks to whomever will listen giving the warts as well as the fun. I don't remember their names but I will never forget what they did. I am not a hero. I am an average person that was caught in a certain niche of time. [...]