The Time of Our Lives: A conversation about America

The Time of Our Lives: A conversation about America

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by Tom Brokaw
     
 

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Tom Brokaw, known and beloved for his landmark work in American journalism and for the New York Times bestsellers The Greatest Generation and Boom!, now turns his attention to the challenges that face America in the new millennium, to offer reflections on how we can restore America’s greatness.
 
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Tom Brokaw, known and beloved for his landmark work in American journalism and for the New York Times bestsellers The Greatest Generation and Boom!, now turns his attention to the challenges that face America in the new millennium, to offer reflections on how we can restore America’s greatness.
 
“What happened to the America I thought I knew?” Brokaw writes. “Have we simply wandered off course, but only temporarily? Or have we allowed ourselves to be so divided that we’re easy prey for hijackers who could steer us onto a path to a crash landing? . . . I do have some thoughts, original and inspired by others, for our journey into the heart of a new century.”
 
Rooted in the values, lessons, and verities of generations past and of his South Dakota upbringing, Brokaw weaves together inspiring stories of Americans who are making a difference and personal stories from his own family history, to engage us in a conversation about our country and to offer ideas for how we can revitalize the promise of the American Dream.
 
Inviting us to foster a rebirth of family, community, and civic engagement as profound as the one that won World War II, built our postwar prosperity, and ushered in the Civil Rights era, Brokaw traces the exciting, unnerving changes in modern life—in values, education, public service, housing, the Internet, and more—that have transformed our society in the decades since the age of thrift in which he was raised. Offering ideas from Americans who are change agents in their communities, in The Time of Our Lives, Brokaw gives us, a wise, honest, and wide-ranging book, a nourishing vision of hopefulness in an age of diminished expectations.


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As the man who coined the phrase "The Greatest Generation" and wrote another bestseller (Boom!) on the long-term influence of Baby Boomers, Tom Brokaw seems eminently qualified to reflect on the current state of the American Dream. Self-described as a conversation about our country, The Time of Our Lives asks hard questions about the malaise and cynicism that seem to pervade our country. Brokaw's answers take him back to the root values of hard work, public responsibility, and trustworthiness that made this small-town South Dakota offshoot one of America's most respected news broadcasters. He draws on stories of real people of several generations who coped with deprivation and adversity to achieve great things. A superb conversation starter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679643920
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
823,611
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Tom Brokaw is the author of five bestsellers: The Greatest Generation, The Greatest Generation Speaks, An Album of Memories, A Long Way From Home, and Boom! A native of South Dakota, he graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in political science. He joined NBC News in 1966, serving as the White House correspondent during Watergate and anchoring Today on NBC from 1976 to 1981. He was the sole anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw from 1983 to 2005. He continues to report for NBC News, producing award-winning long-form documentaries and providing expertise during breaking news events. Brokaw has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including two DuPonts, a Peabody, and several Emmys. He is a regular contributor to the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and to Time, Newsweek, and Men’s Journal. He lives in New York and Montana.


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Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 6, 1940
Place of Birth:
Webster, South Dakota
Education:
B.A., University of South Dakota

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The Time of Our Lives: Past, Present, Promise 3.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 30 reviews.
rexsnook More than 1 year ago
A great extension and follow up of The Greatest Generation. Being 82 years of age I can relate to all of the happenings related to in this in this story. As for the future course this country takes He is right on with his insight of the future happenings and recommendations of this Great Old USA
C_Guendelsberger More than 1 year ago
Today's United States are not the same as the ones generations past grew up to know and love. I am in my early thirties, and though I know America will retain her place as an economic and military power for the foreseeable future, I do sometimes wonder with some unease what American society will look like when my kids are my age. Brokaw, a pillar in American news media, has delivered a compelling, honest, and thoughtfully written work that yearns for simpler days gone by but looks forward with optimism to a bright future - if we return to the values and ideals that made us great to begin with. I believe in America, I believe in her people, and I believe we can retain our status as a global leader in all facets of human endeavors.
Sentry71 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book based on Tom Brokaw's reputation as a news anchor, and he did not disappoint. The writing style is very reminiscent of his news delivery, though slightly more conversational. The ideas brought up in the book make sense, and though I did not agree with some of the suggestions he proposed to "turn things around", the reasoning and the examples were well thought out and presented.
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Biography, history,and foresight Given Brokaw's pre eminent position as a respected journalist, his observations and viewpoints regarding the American condition has to be taken seriously. His biography however, wasn't really inspiring, given the fact that many of his generation grew up not particularly privileged and became successful in life. To his credit, Brokaw credits his success in part to others an being at the right place at the right time. I'm glad I read it but in my view you might get the same stories and observations from most people of his generation.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good read! Brokaw does a great job describing how America may have lost some of its greatness recently, but, given our legacy and the fortitude displayed by present day American, our country will regain its focus and mission. His book is a combination of autobiography, history book, and editorial expose. He demonstrates how proud he is of his children and grandchildren. He describes how they have to face many obstacles, including financial, in order to make it through the, "great recession." While the Great Depression may have been extemely difficult it was our ancestors, the current difficulties experienced by many Americans today have motivated some individuals to make major impact on education, family, and the society at large. Highly recommend this book, especially for those who have enjoyed reading Brokaw's book, "The Greatest Generation."
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This is a thought provoking book about where we have been, the direction we may be going, and what we can do to make our lives better. Everyone will benefit from reading this one.
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This book is so full of insight to our world today and how is differs from our world of not so long ago. It really makes you stop and think. I appreciate his ability to show us the good and bad of the past and present. Tom's personal touches make the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written. A snapshot of where our country was, and where we need to be headed. Recommend highly, for we are living in trying times.
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The first two thirds of the book was the best, but either I got tired of it or Brokaw lost steam the last third. Worth reading, but don't expect to be shaken by it.