Tom Brokaw

The Greatest Generation

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<b><b>The instant classic 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.</b> <br /> </b> <br /> 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. <p></p> 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 &quot;learned about life&quot;; and many other laudable Americans. <p></p> To this generation that gave so much and asked so little, Brokaw offers eloquent tribute in true stories of everyday heroes in extraordinary times. <p></p> <b>Praise for <i>The Greatest Generation</i></b> <p></p> &quot;Moving . . . a tribute to the members of the World War II generation to whom we Americans and the world owe so much.&quot; <b>--<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b> <p></p> &quot;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.&quot; <b>--Colin L. Powell</b> <br /> <b> </b> <br /> &quot;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.&quot; <b>--<i>The Washington Times</i></b> <br /> <b><i> </i></b> <br /> &quot;Entirely compelling.&quot; <b>--<i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b>

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The instant classic 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 JournalThe instant classic 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

Specifications

Publisher
Random House Publishing Group
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
464
Author
Tom Brokaw
Title
The Greatest Generation
ISBN-13
9781400063147
Publication Date
May, 2004
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.50 x 6.43 x 1.49 Inches
ISBN-10
1400063140

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
Book titled The Greatest Generation
Was very pleased with this elegant looking book with hardback cover with gold lettering and included a DVD. All at a reasonable price. Bought this to give as a Christmas gift for my daughter and I know she will love it. I was very pleased to find this at WalMart online and have it shipped in a timely manner to my home.
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Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
The glossy style, whic...
The glossy style, which always sounded like it was written to be read outloud for a broadcast, made this book somewhat less appealing. Also, the breezing through of the individual stories was disappointing. A few chapters here and there contained nuggets of details that were a glimpse into the reality of their lives. Otherwise, it was a solidly tempered book that paints broad strokes, but leaves you desiring more details. The short chapters make it an easy book to read if you only have limited bits of time, or are often interrupted.
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
Book titled The Greatest Generation
Was very pleased with this elegant looking book with hardback cover with gold lettering and included a DVD. All at a reasonable price. Bought this to give as a Christmas gift for my daughter and I know she will love it. I was very pleased to find this at WalMart online and have it shipped in a timely manner to my home.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
The glossy style, whic...
The glossy style, which always sounded like it was written to be read outloud for a broadcast, made this book somewhat less appealing. Also, the breezing through of the individual stories was disappointing. A few chapters here and there contained nuggets of details that were a glimpse into the reality of their lives. Otherwise, it was a solidly tempered book that paints broad strokes, but leaves you desiring more details. The short chapters make it an easy book to read if you only have limited bits of time, or are often interrupted.
Was very pleased with this elegant looking book with hardback cover with gold lettering and included a DVD. All at a reasonable price. Bought this to give as a Christmas gift for my daughter and I know she will love it. I was very pleased to find this at WalMart online and have it shipped in a timely manner to my home.
The glossy style, which always sounded like it was written to be read outloud for a broadcast, made this book somewhat less appealing. Also, the breezing through of the individual stories was disappointing. A few chapters here and there contained nuggets of details that were a glimpse into the reality of their lives. Otherwise, it was a solidly tempered book that paints broad strokes, but leaves you desiring more details. The short chapters make it an easy book to read if you only have limited bits of time, or are often interrupted.

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Book titled The Greatest Generation

Was very pleased with this elegant looking book with hardback cover with gold lettering and included a DVD. All at a reasonable price. Bought this to give as a Christmas gift for my daughter and I know she will love it. I was very pleased to find this at WalMart online and have it shipped in a timely manner to my home.

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I enjoyed reading this...

I enjoyed reading this book. First person memories are much more interesting to me than bland histories with lots of place names and dates. This is the generation just before my parents, one which I have not known much of, except through books. I appreciate Mr. Brokaw's attempt to try to know and understand the men and women who experienced WWII. To find out about their thoughts, feelings, experiences and memories. A very moving and personal read.

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Tom Brokaw interviews ...

Tom Brokaw interviews a number of WWII veterans about their war experiences and how their lives were changed after they gt back to the states. The stories told are very interesting, as well as their perspectives on their lives and how the world has changed since that time.

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4 hours: abridged. I ...

4 hours: abridged. I bought it at a second-hand store and now I want the unabridged version. This is a compilation of the lives of individual men and woman who told of their experiences during the fighting of WWII. I marveled at the selfless dedication and bravery of ordinary people and even some famous ones. Tom Brokaw states, "I am in awe of them, these men and women who have given us the world we have today. I feel privileged to have been witness to their stories". You might be shocked at how different our cultural worldview presents itself today in just the span of 68 years. (For me, it is just one generation) . Tom Brokaw inspires as retells each hero's experience.

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Pretty good set of min...

Pretty good set of mini-biographes, which seek to show by example the range of virtues and lives that members of "The Greatest Generation" lived. They all had very impressive lives, of course. The writing style is a bit uneven and doesn't do them all justice, but still a very informative read.


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