Greatest Generation

Greatest Generation

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by Tom Brokaw

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ISBN-10: 061337178X

ISBN-13: 9780613371780

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: Bt Bound

"In the spring of 1984, I went to the northwest of France, to Normandy, to prepare an NBC documentary on the fortieth anniversary of D-Day, the massive and daring Allied invasion of Europe that marked the beginning of the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. There, I underwent a life-changing experience. As I walked the beaches with the American veterans who had


"In the spring of 1984, I went to the northwest of France, to Normandy, to prepare an NBC documentary on the fortieth anniversary of D-Day, the massive and daring Allied invasion of Europe that marked the beginning of the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. There, I underwent a life-changing experience. As I walked the beaches with the American veterans who had returned for this anniversary, men in their sixties and seventies, and listened to their stories, I was deeply moved and profoundly grateful for all they had done. Ten years later, I returned to Normandy for the fiftieth anniversary of the invasion, and by then I had come to understand what this generation of Americans meant to history. It is, I believe, the greatest generation any society has ever produced."

In this superb book, Tom Brokaw goes out into America, to tell through the stories of individual men and women the story of a generation, America's citizen heroes and heroines who came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to build modern America. 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. In this book, you will meet people whose everyday lives reveal how a generation persevered through war, and were trained by it, and then went on to create interesting and useful lives and the America we have today.

"At a time in their lives when their days and nights should have been filled with innocent adventure, love, and the lessons of the workaday world, they were fighting in the most primitive conditions possibleacross the bloodied landscape of France, Belgium, Italy, Austria, and the coral islands of the Pacific. They answered the call to save the world from the two most powerful and ruthless military machines ever assembled, instruments of conquest in the hands of fascist maniacs. They faced great odds and a late start, but they did not protest. They succeeded on every front. They won the war; they saved the world. They came 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 gave the world new science, literature, art, industry, and economic strength unparalleled in the long curve of history. As they now reach the twilight of their adventurous and productive lives, they remain, for the most part, exceptionally modest. They have so many stories to tell, stories that in many cases they have never told before, because in a deep sense they didn't think that what they were doing was that special, because everyone else was doing it too.

"This book, I hope, will in some small way pay tribute to those men and women who have given us the lives we have today—an American family portrait album of the greatest generation."

In this book you'll meet people like Charles Van Gorder, who set up during D-Day a MASH-like medical facility in the middle of the fighting, and then came home to create a clinic and hospital in his hometown. You'll hear George Bush talk about how, as a Navy Air Corps combat pilot, one of his assignments was to read the mail of the enlisted men under him, to be sure no sensitive military information would be compromised. And so, Bush says, "I learned about life." You'll meet Trudy Elion, winner of the Nobel Prize in medicine, one of the many women in this book who found fulfilling careers in the changed society as a result of the war. You'll meet Martha Putney, one of the first black women to serve in the newly formed WACs. And you'll meet the members of the Romeo Club (Retired Old Men Eating Out), friends for life.

Through these and other stories in The Greatest Generation, you'll relive with ordinary men and women, military heroes, famous people of great achievement, and community leaders how these extraordinary times forged the values and provided the training that made a people and a nation great.

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Age Range:
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Table of Contents

The Time of their Lives
Ordinary People
Thomas and Eileen Broderick: Insurance Agency Owner
Charles O. Van Gorder, MD: Surgeon
Wesley Ko: Printing Business
James and Dorothy Dowling: Highway Superintendent
Rev. Harry Reginald "Reg" Hammond: Anglican Priest
Lloyd Kilmer: County Clerk and Real Estate Executive
Gordon Larsen: Powerhouse Operator
John "Lefty" Caulfield: School Principal
Home Front
Charles Briscoe: Boeing Engineer
Dorothy Haener: UAW Organizer
Bob Bush: Lumber and Building Supply Business
Joe Foss: U.S. Marine Corps Pilot
Leonard "Bud" Lomell: Lawyer
Women in Uniform and Out
Mary Hallaren: Colonel, U.S. Army, Women's Auxiliary Corps
Jeanne Holm: General, U.S. Air Force
Marion Rivers Nittel
Claudine "Scottie" Lingelbach: Teacher/Real Estate Agent
Alison Ely Campbell
Margaret Ray Ringenberg: Women's Air Force Service Pilot
Mary Louise Roberts Wilson: U.S. Army Nurse Corps
Martha Settle Putney: History Professor
Johnnie Holmes: Real Estate Investor
Luis Armijo: Schoolteacher
Nao Takasugi: California State Assemblyman
Norman Mineta: California Congressman
Love, Marriage, Commitment
John and Peggy Assenzio: Salesman/Teacher
The Dumbos
Gaylord and Carrie Lee Nelson: Governor and Senator
Jeanette Gagne Norton
Daphne Cavin
Famous People
George Bush: President of the United States
Ben Bradlee: Journalist
Art Buchwald: Writer
Andy Rooney: Journalist
Julia Child: Chef
Gertrude Belle "Trudy" Elion: Chemist
Chesterfield Smith: Attorney, President of the American Bar Association
Al Neuharth: Founder, USA Today
Maurice "Hank" Greenberg: CEO, American International Group
The Arena
Mark Hatfield: U.S. Senator
Robert Dole: U.S. Senator, Presidential Candidate
Daniel Inouye: U.S. Senator
Caspar Weinberger: Secretary of Defense
Lloyd Cutler: Counsel to Presidents Carter and Clinton
George Shultz: Cabinet Member
Arthur Schlesinger: Historian
Ed Guthman: Journalist, Press Secretary to Robert F. Kennedy
The Twilight of their Lives

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The Greatest Generation 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a novel about a group of people who fought for their country and are now called the Greatest Generation. They are the Greatest Generation and they are humble about it. I am very interested in World War II. About the culture, the war itself, and the people. If you want to understand the people that fought for us in WW II this is the book to read. I highly recommend it. Thank you to the Greatest Generation. In our world today we draw from the strength that you showed in our Country's time of need. It is time for my generation to stand up and do what you did then.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to bridge the gap and fill in the behind-the-scenes of why our Moms and Dads, and Grandfathers and Grandmothers, should be respected. As Caesar said when crossing the Rubicon, 'alea jacta est' (the die is cast), which can also serve as a guide that persons are sometimes thrust into situations not of their choosing, but they have to see the situation to its end. That was the situation with our forebears in WW2. We are proud of their response, and this book shows a close-in analysis of why we won the war. Because of a united home front of ordinary dads and moms. Thanks, Tom Brokaw. dad flew with the 8th Air Force (30 combat missions) over Nazi Germany from 43-44. He did not like to talk about it very much, but I am sure he would have liked your book very much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A tremendous commentary. Born in 1954 I am an offspring of this generation. This book helped me understand the firm rules my parents had for me and four other siblings. Sad to say we are losing these values today. It renewed my committment to raise my own two children as I was raised. I wish I could have read this while my veteran father was still alive. I appreciate his honor and hard work for us all the more. Thank you Tom Brokaw for paying a well deserved tribute.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wholeheartedly agree with Mr Brokaw that this was THE GREATEST GENERATION America has ever produced! I was moved to tears on many occasions while reading this fine piece of literature! Both my parents though now deceased were part of Mr Brokaw's GREASTEST GENERATION, and this piece of work has brought me to yet a deeper love and understanding of them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good intentions but becomes repetative after first couple of stories.
Freesoul More than 1 year ago
I am not a "fan" of Tom Brokaw, however, this book is well written and well worth the time to read. My Dad was a WWII Veteran and was in the Battle of the Budge. It warms my heart to know how important these men and women were and are to our freedoms and way of life. Awesome read!!!
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Five stars for those who are featured in the book, who actually came thru the great depression, and fought the war. Too much political bias by Tom Brokaw, which should'nt of belong in this type of book. There were some story's of people that did'nt belong with those who actually struggled and then fought. Some of those people shared the same political beliefs as Brokaw, so they were feature. Could of been a much more uplifting book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A terrific look at the lives of people during and immediately after WWII. This should be mandatory reading for every student today in an effort to teach them how the people of this country used to take pride in self-reliance and making a better life for themselves and their families.
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GoodHeartedWoman More than 1 year ago
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.
recHI More than 1 year ago
The Greatest Generation Speaks is a collection of memories from those that served in World War II. There are sections that look back at times of victory as well as times of grief. Also included are sections that reflect on the roles of women and those different ethnicities during this period of turmoin and growth in America.
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Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am of the generation that Mr. Brokaw wrote about. Even though we had two world wars, it was still better than today
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! A gear and much needed tribute to the greatest generation. Would recommend many times over.
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