The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters and Reflections

The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters and Reflections

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by Tom Brokaw
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0385335385

ISBN-13: 9780385335386

Pub. Date: 06/28/2001

Publisher: Dell Publishing

"I first began to appreciate fully all we owed the World War II generation while I was covering the fortieth and fiftieth anniversaries of D-Day for NBC News. When I wrote in The Greatest Generation about the men and women who came out of the Depression, who won great victories and made lasting sacrifices in World War II and then returned home to begin

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"I first began to appreciate fully all we owed the World War II generation while I was covering the fortieth and fiftieth anniversaries of D-Day for NBC News. When I wrote in The Greatest Generation about the men and women who came out of the Depression, who won great victories and made lasting sacrifices in World War II and then returned home to begin building the world we have today--the people I called the Greatest Generation--it was my way of saying thank you. I felt that this tribute was long overdue, but I was not prepared for the avalanche of letters and responses touched off by that book.

"Members of that generation were, characteristically, grateful for the attention and modest about their own lives as they shared more remarkable stories about their experiences in the Depression and during the war years.

"Their children and grandchildren were eager to share the lessons and insights they gained from the stories they heard about the lives of a generation now passing on too swiftly. They wanted to say thank you in their own way. I had wanted to write a book about America, and now America was writing back.

"The letters, many of them written in firm Palmer penmanship on flowered stationery, have given me a much richer understanding not only of those difficult years but also of my own life. They give us new, intensely personal perspectives of a momentous time in our history. They are the voices of a generation that has given so much and wants to share even more.

"Some of the letters were written from the front during the war, or from families to their loved ones in harm’s way in distant places. There were firsthand accounts of battles and poignant reflections on loneliness, exuberant expressions of love and somber accounts of loss.

"It seems that everyone in that generation has something worthwhile to contribute, and so we have included some pages in The Greatest Generation Speaks for others to share memories at once inspirational and instructive.

"If we are to heed the past to prepare for the future, we should listen to these quiet voices of a generation that speaks to us of duty and honor, sacrifice and accomplishment. I hope more of their stories will be preserved and cherished as reminders of all that we owe them and all that we can learn from them.
— Tom Brokaw

About the Author:

Tom Brokaw, a native of South Dakota, graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in political science. He began his journalism career in Omaha and Atlanta before joining NBC News in 1966. Brokaw was the White House correspondent for NBC News during Watergate, and from 1976 to 1981 he anchored Today on NBC. He’s been the sole anchor and managing editor of BC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw since 1983. Brokaw has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including two DuPonts, a Peabody Award, and several Emmys. He lives in New York and Montana.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385335386
Publisher:
Dell Publishing
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.29(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxv
Introductionxxi
IWar Stories1
IIBonds87
IIILoss141
IVFaith193
VReunions249
VILove Stories267
VIIAppreciation299
VIIIChildren351
IXLessons395
Conclusion425

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The Greatest Generation Speaks 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Filled with moving letters from the men and women who lived through those epic times. Nothing can really bring history to life more effectively than the words, thoughts, and reflections of the common people who were there and saw it all with their own eyes. Nostalgic, eloquent, a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much, if you want to know about WWII then read this bood. It's really touching, It's kinda like I was there when they are telling those stories. I truly appreciate those one who served for their country during that time and those who supported them. What a great generation!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good follow up book to The Greatest Generation. It is about time someone with a national or world audience give opportunity to these veterans to speak their thoughts. We need to know what these people endured and how they live now. Good book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
We think we have it tough. These are letters from people who have lived it. Puts my life in perspective for sure & gives me a newfound respect for my grandparents & their generation. Every young whipper-snapper should read this book, listen to the voices, & learn.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book and I really agree and understand why that generation is believed to be the Greatest gneration.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book, which gives a good perspective of what many Americans went through during World War Two. Reality is much more interresting than fiction, I think. The second World War is probably the most intense experience the world has ever seen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only thing I knew of that generation is what I was tought, and that wasn't much. This book has given me a better out look on what that age has done for my parents and I. My generation is full of ingrates and children who don't respect their elders. It's in my opinion that every youth once they get into high school should have to read both of these books. If you knew nothing of your grandparents WW2 experince, then these books would help give you an idea of what they went through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good follow-up to The Greatest Generation, I was very moved by the contents of Brokaw's latest book, the men and women in these pages are inspiring role models for all of us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For me this book was too short. In reading this wonderful book, I found new respect for my Mom and Dad and their generation and what they went through. I am in favor of having this book be required reading. Do I highly recommend this book? You bet I do!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Brokaw's 'Greatest Generation,' the book which preceded this. This book, a response from many voices who were touched by the first book, adds to it. It is like an addendum. It reinforces all of the positive things about the people and families of this country. My dad flew with the 8th Air Force in the 446th Bombardment Group, stationed in England during WW2. As a waist-gunner in a B-24, he did his 30 combat missions over Nazi Germany, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross, and having to survive a bail-out on his 11th mission. But, like a lot of the persons in this book, he did not like to talk about it. It was only when he perceived my interest in what he had done, that he began to get that light in his eye, and began to little by little, talk about it. That theme I saw repeated in this book. Many thousands, many millions of everyday people, beginning to realize the important role that they had been cast, not chosen, for future generations' welfare. I thought it is a worthy book, a necessary addendum to the first book.