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Posted December 13, 2013
Disappointing but still interesting
This is a fine looking book, as are all the books in The Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Collection. I approached it with interest and looked forward to reading it. I have finished "The Greatest Generation" but haven't started "The Greatest Generation Speaks."
My father - now departed - was in World War II. Many of the observations Tom Brokaw made concerning this generation seemed right on. Saving every thing. Devotion to spouse. Quiet, reluctant to speak out about the war years. It made me wish I had spoken more to my father about his experiences while I had the opportunity.
Unfortunately, my overall impression of the book was disappointment. While it's interesting to read about some of the people that went on to become famous after their war experiences, after a while it seemed just a routine list of acheivements and interests. A lot of it failed to inspire me about what interested me most concerning the book - what my father and others like him went through to acheieve our freedom and life.
It looks like the second book focusses more on personal remembrances. I'm hoping it will be a more enjoyable read.
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