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The Greatest Generation: With DVD

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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

As an 18-year-old, I finally understand.

I first started reading this book as an assignment for my Senior English Class in a small town in Minnesota. As I began reading, I realized that I no longer cared about the class, or my grade, but that I NEEDED to read this book for me. I do not think our generation u...
I first started reading this book as an assignment for my Senior English Class in a small town in Minnesota. As I began reading, I realized that I no longer cared about the class, or my grade, but that I NEEDED to read this book for me. I do not think our generation understands. The men and women who lived during WWII and the Depression have so many untold stories. The men that fought for so many things are heroes, not only to me, but to so many people. I truly wish my generation could feel what I feel when I read this book and maybe we wouldn't take so many things for granted. One would think after Sept. 11th, our strong patriotism would have lasted for more than a year... now I'm starting to wonder what it would be like if the WWII generation hadn't been so consumed with the love of their country. Where would we be?

posted by Anonymous on April 27, 2004

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4 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Decent writing, faulty conclusions

This was a fairly well written, easy to read book. I have to disagree with the conclusion that there could even be a 'Greatest' generation. Yes, these people accomplished a lot. They paved the way for many economic and social advances in the future. But, it seems a ...
This was a fairly well written, easy to read book. I have to disagree with the conclusion that there could even be a 'Greatest' generation. Yes, these people accomplished a lot. They paved the way for many economic and social advances in the future. But, it seems a little silly taking credit for what amounts to being born at that time. I cannot believe that any generation can actually be objectively determined to be greater than any other. This generation could well be remembered for giving us Japanese internment camps, Strom Thurmond, continued rampant segregation and discrimination(a gift from all past generations), the cold war, as well as nuclear paranoia. But, is it fair to pin the blame on a generation for these problems? No more so than to credit them for living when they did. Each generation can merely react to situations in which they find themselves. I refuse to believe that the exploits of this generation could be considered anything but equal with those of our founding fathers. My generation would be unable to carry on without the contributions of the baby boomers(both good and bad) and likewise they owe a debt to those who came before them. That is the natural progression of things. Perhaps in some idyllic Utopian future there will be world peace, no poverty, and true equality for all. Would that be the updated 'greatest' generation? Each genration can only be the product of its predecessors and nothing else. We do not exactly turn into our parents, only updated versions of them. We must realize that each generation gets one chance, and each generation tries to make the best of it. We get to reap the benefit of recorded history, and write our own as well. Inevitable development in technology, medicine and other sciences, as well as accrued life experiences leave us constantly adhering to an old maxim. Every generation considers itself smarter than the one that came before it, and wiser than the one that follows.

posted by Anonymous on April 9, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2001

    How ridiculous

    This is the same generation which gave us the Korean War, the MacCarthy Era, Vietnam, Watergate, Iran-contra, and Reaganomics. For anyone to presume that one generation of people is better than another obviously has the historical background of Daffy Duck.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2000

    Americans just don't get it!

    I have never read anything such as this. It is clear that Americans hold themselves to be more important than anyone else, and this book is proof. WWII in Europe was largely WON by the Soviet Union, and if you don't believe it, email me.

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