The Greatest Generation

The Greatest Generation

by Tom Brokaw
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The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw

The instant classic and runaway bestseller that changed the way we saw World War II and an entire generation of Americans, from the beloved journalist whose own iconic career has lasted more than fifty years.

In this magnificent testament to a nation and her people, Tom Brokaw brings to life the extraordinary stories of a generation that gave new meaning to courage, sacrifice, and honor.

From military heroes to community leaders to ordinary citizens, he profiles men and women who served their country with valor, then came home and transformed it: Senator Daniel Inouye, decorated at the front, fighting prejudice at home; Martha Settle Putney, one of the first black women to serve in the newly formed WACs; Charles Van Gorder, a doctor who set up a MASH-like medical facility in the middle of battle, then opened a small clinic in his hometown; Navy pilot and future president George H. W. Bush, assigned to read the mail of the enlisted men under him, who says that in doing so he “learned about life”; and many other laudable Americans.

To this generation that gave so much and asked so little, Brokaw offers eloquent tribute in true stories of everyday heroes in extraordinary times.

Praise for The Greatest Generation

“Moving . . . a tribute to the members of the World War II generation to whom we Americans and the world owe so much.”The New York Times Book Review

“Full of wonderful, wrenching tales of a generation of heroes. Tom Brokaw reminds us what we are capable of as a people. An inspiring read for those who wish their spirits lifted.”—Colin L. Powell
 
“Offers welcome inspiration . . . It is impossible to read even a few of these accounts and not be touched by the book’s overarching message: We who followed this generation have lived in the midst of greatness.”The Washington Times
 
“Entirely compelling.”The Wall Street Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812975291
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/11/2005
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 62,870
Product dimensions: 7.98(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Tom Brokaw is the author of seven bestsellers: The Greatest Generation, The Greatest Generation Speaks, An Album of Memories, Boom!, The Time of Our Lives, A Long Way from Home, and A Lucky Life Interrupted. A native of South Dakota, he graduated from the University of South Dakota, and 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 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 long-form documentaries and providing expertise during breaking news events. Brokaw has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including two DuPonts, three Peabody Awards, and several Emmys, including one for lifetime achievement. In 2014, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He lives in New York and Montana.

Date of Birth:

February 6, 1940

Place of Birth:

Webster, South Dakota

Education:

B.A., University of South Dakota

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The Greatest Generation 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tom Brokaw's book is an easily read collection of biographies of men and women who were directly or indirectly involved in World War II. Each story spoke of an individual's contribution to the war effort, whether on the home front, or on the front lines. The secondary theme, which touched on the prejudices faced by certain minority groups of this generation, give an interesting perspective as to how our country has grown in the last 50 years. As I go through each day, I look for a person from this generation willing to share their experiences. Each one of them has a fantastic story to tell. The book peaked my desire to learn all I can about this tragic time in the world's history. The stories spanned every emotion, with many tears of both joy and sorrow for these brave and modest men and women.
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SuperMomof4 More than 1 year ago
I have heard about this book for years and I finally decided it was time to move it to the top of my To-Be-Read list. I have generally enjoyed Tom Brokaw's reporting style and this book is written consistent with his reporting. The stories were inspiring and helped me to understand my grandparent's generation more. I absolutely agree with Mr. Brokaw that they are a great generation and we could learn much from them. I especially appreciated the concerns raised by those interviewed about the younger generations. It was an interesting, if not absorbing read.
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I gave this to my 82-year-old dad for Father's Day. Although he is not an avid reader, he thoroughly enjoyed this book, certainly for bringing back his own memories. He enjoyed the format---separate stories of individual people made it easy for him to pick up and enjoy for short periods of time.
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