Greatest Generation

Greatest Generation

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by Tom Brokaw
     
 

ISBN-10: 061337178X

ISBN-13: 9780613371780

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: Bt Bound

In this 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,…  See more details below

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In this 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613371780
Publisher:
Bt Bound
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.37(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Generations
The Time of their Lives3
Ordinary People
Thomas and Eileen Broderick: Insurance Agency Owner17
Charles O. Van Gorder, MD: Surgeon25
Wesley Ko: Printing Business37
James and Dorothy Dowling: Highway Superintendent45
Rev. Harry Reginald "Reg" Hammond: Anglican Priest55
Lloyd Kilmer: County Clerk and Real Estate Executive61
Gordon Larsen: Powerhouse Operator69
John "Lefty" Caulfield: School Principal77
Home Front
Charles Briscoe: Boeing Engineer89
Dorothy Haener: UAW Organizer96
Heroes
Bob Bush: Lumber and Building Supply Business105
Joe Foss: U.S. Marine Corps Pilot115
Leonard "Bud" Lomell: Lawyer125
Women in Uniform and Out
Mary Hallaren: Colonel, U.S. Army, Women's Auxiliary Corps139
Jeanne Holm: General, U.S. Air Force139
Marion Rivers Nittel151
Claudine "Scottie" Lingelbach: Teacher/Real Estate Agent151
Alison Ely Campbell151
Margaret Ray Ringenberg: Women's Air Force Service Pilot163
Mary Louise Roberts Wilson: U.S. Army Nurse Corps173
Shame
Martha Settle Putney: History Professor185
Johnnie Holmes: Real Estate Investor193
Luis Armijo: Schoolteacher203
Nao Takasugi: California State Assemblyman215
Norman Mineta: California Congressman215
Love, Marriage, Commitment
John and Peggy Assenzio: Salesman/Teacher233
The Dumbos241
Gaylord and Carrie Lee Nelson: Governor and Senator249
Jeanette Gagne Norton257
Daphne Cavin257
Famous People
George Bush: President of the United States273
Ben Bradlee: Journalist281
Art Buchwald: Writer287
Andy Rooney: Journalist293
Julia Child: Chef299
Gertrude Belle "Trudy" Elion: Chemist303
Chesterfield Smith: Attorney, President of the American Bar Association307
Al Neuharth: Founder, USA Today319
Maurice "Hank" Greenberg: CEO, American International Group319
The Arena
Mark Hatfield: U.S. Senator333
Robert Dole: U.S. Senator, Presidential Candidate341
Daniel Inouye: U.S. Senator349
Caspar Weinberger: Secretary of Defense357
Lloyd Cutler: Counsel to Presidents Carter and Clinton365
George Shultz: Cabinet Member369
Arthur Schlesinger: Historian369
Ed Guthman: Journalist, Press Secretary to Robert F. Kennedy377
The Twilight of their Lives381

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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. PS...my 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 10 months 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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