Coming of Age: The Story of Our Century by Those Who've Lived It

Coming of Age: The Story of Our Century by Those Who've Lived It

by Studs Terkel
     
 

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“We don’t know anything about the past and we don’t seem to want to know it. And all the time the people who can tell us about it, make it meaningful, the real repositories of living information, are being lost.”—Studs Terkel

For Coming of Age, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Peabody Award-winning radio host interviewed a

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“We don’t know anything about the past and we don’t seem to want to know it. And all the time the people who can tell us about it, make it meaningful, the real repositories of living information, are being lost.”—Studs Terkel

For Coming of Age, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Peabody Award-winning radio host interviewed a diverse assortment of men and women ranging in age from 70 to 99. This audio includes the stories of 14 people who lived through the defining moments of the 20th century. Together they represent an extraordinary panorama of American life and work throughout the century and the ways in which the times have changed.

For Coming of Age is a compelling picture of what we have gained through “progress”—and what we have lost.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“Superb oral history”
Booklist
BookPage

“Studs Terkel, himself an octogenarian, has personally interviewed senior citizens ranging from their early 70's to almost 100 years of age. In his introduction, Terkel addresses how priceless our elderly citizens and their personal experiences are to our country's heritage. Shirley Venard does a remarkable job interpreting each woman's personal account. Her performances personify their wit, intelligence, fortitude, weariness, spirit and grand sense of humor. Allen Hamilton is a virtual chameleon as he reenacts a wide variety of male personal histories. He adds all the ingredients necessary to portray strong-willed, intelligent men from all walks of life, who have been seasoned by life's unexpected twists and turns.”
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The New York Times Review of Books

“Superb oral history”
Booklist
From the Publisher

“It’s a classic, a wonderful example of the Terkel approach: letting people have their say in their own way.”
BookPage

“Inspired. . . . The language spoken here is pure Terkel: the voice of the embattled old liberal shaking his stick at the twentieth century.”
The New York Times Review of Books

Library Journal
Youth, so goes the clich, is wasted on the young; likewise, it could be said that old age today is wasted on a younger generation with no sense of the past and willfully ignorant of a wisdom accumulated by years of experience. In his latest oral history, 83-year-old Terkel asks grumpily, "With our past become so irrelevant..., is it any wonder that the young feel so disdainful of their elders?" To reclaim our lost sense of history and to renew respect for our elders, Terkel interviewed 69 individuals who have come of age in the latter part of the 20th century. The youngest is 70, the oldest, 99. Some are well known (artist Jacob Lawrence, actress Uta Hagen, economist John Kenneth Galbraith); others live out of the limelight (a farm workers' organizer, a retired bank president, a librarian). But they all cling to life tenaciously and courageously, acting as "living repositories of our past, our history." For all social science and history collections and where Terkel's books are popular.Wilda Williams, "Library Journal"
Booknews
Terkel presents a collective portrait of the century, woven from the voices of 70 Americans from the ages of 70 to 99. Farmers, bankers, leaders of social movements, artists, and politicians trace the ways their lives have changed over the past decades, and reflect on how traditional hopes and aspirations have been superseded by the ruthless demands of the modern corporation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565111325
Publisher:
HighBridge Company
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Edition description:
Abridged, 2 Cassettes
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
4.38(w) x 6.92(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

ALLEN HAMILTON has worked in regional theaters throughout the country—in Minneapolis, Boston, Arizona, Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis and Washington D.C. He has appeared on Broadway and London's West End. He has acted in dozens of television movies and feature films.

STUDS TERKEL (1912-2008) was a free spirit, an outspoken populist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a terrible ham, and one of the best-loved characters on the American scene. Born in New York in 1912, he lived in Chicago for over eight decades.

STUDS TERKEL (1912-2008) was a free spirit, an outspoken populist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a terrible ham, and one of the best-loved characters on the American scene. Born in New York in 1912, he lived in Chicago for over eight decades.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 16, 1912
Date of Death:
October 31, 2008
Place of Birth:
New York, NY
Place of Death:
Chicago, IL
Education:
J.D., University of Chicago, 1934

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