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
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.
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.
Yes, the stories are very inspirational especially being read by Mr. Brokaw, making them so much more personal.
The patriotism and pride of this generation. Being born in 1946, I feel a very strong relationship with the generation, albeit a little removed. Not old enough to have witnessed World War II, but not able to really associate with the "plugged-in" generation. My sense of well-being is more relatable to the previous generation, and I feel I have a more grounded feeling for my freedoms and the responsibilities to those freedoms. Maybe it is due to not wanting to repeat the past, rather than always wanting more, without realizing the price to be paid.
All of them were, however, I especially liked the couple that had been married for so long. Also the stories about the African/Americans and the Japanese were very thought provoking, in relation to all the talk about immigration and equality during this pre-election period. But I really can't say that one story was more compelling than another. All brought a tear to my eye in each story.
Inspiration for America's greatness.
Great book (listen). Will listen again, maybe more than once! Grounding.
I was most interested in the extraordinary experiences of regular people. The stories of over blown politicians were a little too much like a paid political statement.
Brokaw is an exceptional author and reader!
Make me proud to be an American!
Wish audible had unabridged version.
Tom Brokaw gave a fitting tribute to the heroes of the WWII generation. This book is a collection of individual stories from ordinary citizens as well as national figures who gave so much to our country. However, this book does not gloss over the negative aspects of the racism of the time. Brokaw does not forget the struggles of African-Americans or the internment of Japanese-Americans. Finally, since Brokaw is the narrator, this book is easy to listen to due to his television voice.
Tom Brokaw did a great job of weaving in a variety of people and their experiences. Hopefully this book helps retain the memories of this truly Great Generation.
Tom Brokaw is an excellent narrator.
I think the common thread of the veterans noting they felt they were/are owed nothing and their maintaining strong values and strong work ethics.
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.
No. He's a great commentator but not such a great writer of books.
Nothing. The voice was clear and in keeping with the nature of the epic stories he had to tell.
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