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The Greatest Generation | [Tom Brokaw]

The Greatest Generation

In this superb audiobook, 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.
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In this superb audiobook, 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.

Through the stories in The Greatest Generation, you'll relive with ordinary men and women, military heroes, famous people of great achievement, and community leaders how these extraordinary times forged the values and provided the training that made a people and a nation great.

©1998 Tom Brokaw

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    Don Lance Murfreesboro, TN United States 03-29-09
    Don Lance Murfreesboro, TN United States 03-29-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Why we appreciate this generation"

    Finally we have a book that honors this generation who experienced the toughest trials of the 20th century. As a son of a family from this generation, I had long noticed there was always something special about them. This generation is very different from the generations that were born from around 1950 onward, and Tom helps us to understand why. The world events of the time shaped them into who they are. I also think Tom effectively captures the most admirable qualities of this generation in his words. For those of us who did not experience the events of the 1930s and 1940s, Tom's book will give you a new respect for those who did.

    For those who are sensitive to foul language, realize that there are a few terms in the chapter related to Art Buchwald. It is not excessive, but you should realize it is there if you happen to have some children who may listen with you. It's the reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.

    I'm sure everyone has heard Tom's voice from news broadcasts, so you will know he speaks clearly and with conviction. It's a big plus that Tom did his own narration for his work.

    I recommend this book for everyone born after 1950. You will gain an appreciation for this generation who lived through the early-to-mid 20th century events you read in your history book, and you will hope that your generation will also follow their example.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Albuquerque, NM, USA 07-31-08
    Elizabeth Albuquerque, NM, USA 07-31-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Yes, they were that great"

    Having been parented by two of the greatest generation, I enjoyed learning more about what they went through. All too often, they refuse to talk about what happened to them during their amazingly challenging lifetimes, WWI, the great depression, WW2. They have suppressed their experiences or allowed their reflections to fade from their memories. There is still much for us to learn from our parents. I thank Brokaw for helping to reveal some of their stories to us.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gwen Lake Oswego, OR, United States 02-04-13
    Gwen Lake Oswego, OR, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    What did you like best about The Greatest Generation? What did you like least?

    Some interesting insights into the attitudes of that generation regarding family and children, the terrors of war and hardships endured both at home and abroad. A collection of anecdotes with somewhat romanticized commentary doesn't make a great book. I would love to see a proper documentary on television but as a book, the abridged version is quite sufficient to get the gist of the author's views. The bit I dislike most was the adulating tones on the war stories of George W.Bush and Ronald Reagan. Their stories paled in significance to the other people in the book and belied a slight bias of the author in relating these stories.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tom Brokaw? Why or why not?

    No. He's a great commentator but not such a great writer of books.


    What aspect of Tom Brokaw’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing. The voice was clear and in keeping with the nature of the epic stories he had to tell.


    Was The Greatest Generation worth the listening time?

    yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brad L. Sjoblom Torrance, CA, US 12-26-12
    Brad L. Sjoblom Torrance, CA, US 12-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Book on our History"

    My girlfriend has recommended this book to many and I am one that totally enjoyed this book.

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    Aaron 10-13-12
    Aaron 10-13-12

    Hi, I'm Aaron - marketer, artist, lifelong learner and friend.

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    "A Different & Inspiring Time in America"
    What made the experience of listening to The Greatest Generation the most enjoyable?

    The stories of regular citizen heroes were compelling. The glimpse into their sacrifices, attitudes and post-war lives reveals a culture and character make-up little seen today.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The look back at who we once were. The visual connection between their sacrifices and the freedom we enjoy today.


    What does Tom Brokaw bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a great narrator. His tempo, annunciation and emphasis is exceptional - a result of decades as a TV journalist.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I liked digesting it in parts. That is my preference.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    karenshima 02-01-12
    karenshima 02-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "emotionally touching and so very informative..."

    Listening to the familiar voice of Tom Brokaw is the greatest treat to this story; it was indeed a highlight. The choice of examples he used in depicting this generation was superb and poignant. I now want to read the unabridged version. This audio version will also be a nice gift for friends and family of "the greatest generation" to take pride in what they have instilled as values in American society.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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