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The Greatest Generation: With DVD

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

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 June 24, 2013

    Really an interesting and thoughtful review

    Got it for my husband who has been a guardian on the Villages Honor Flight. He has loved every minute of the read. The history is wonderful and having lost an uncle in WWII it is even more of a story for him.

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  • Posted June 5, 2012

    Heartwarming-Worth Reading

    Tom Brokaw's "folksy" personna is the perfect vehicle for the telling the stories of the Greatest Generation. Heartwarming, harrowing and tragic...each story is a tribute to the bravery of the generation who fought for freedom and those who stayed home and saw the lives that they once knew disappear in a sea of change. I finished the book wondering if a new generation faced these challenges what the outcome would be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2001

    Greatest Generation

    A must read for everyone who has an interest in World War II.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2001

    Mr. Brokaw's Great

    I think this is a great book for kids as well as for adults because it informs kids of there grandparents past in the war. There are many great stories of many different types of people and there is also many tragic stories of death and heartbreak. There is famous people like Geogre Bush and Andy Rooney, Also there are ordinary people like Gordon Larsen and Charles O. Van Gorder, MD. There are also community leaders and military heroes. You will meet a Nobel Prize winner, too. It is about the Great Deppresion and mostly about World War 2. Mr. Brokaw went to the fifteith annerversities of D-Day and met alot of veterans and very nice people. The book helped me understand what happened to allot of people in the war and made me realize what my Grandpa and his brother went through.

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