"Their children and grandchildren were eager to share the lessons and insights they gained from the stories they had heard about the lives of a generation now passing on too swiftly. They wanted to say thank you in their own way. I had wanted to write a book about America, and now America was writing back.
"Some of the letters were written from the front during the war, or from families to their loved ones in harm's way in distant places. There were firsthand accounts of battles and poignant reflections on loneliness, exuberant expressions of love, and somber accounts of loss.
"If we are to heed the past to prepare for the future, we should listen to these quiet voices of a generation that speaks to us of duty and honor, sacrifice and accomplishment. I hope more of their stories will be preserved and cherished as reminders of all that we owe and all that we can learn from them." - Tom Brokaw
©1999 Tom Brokaw; (P)1999 Random House, Inc.; Random House AudioBooks, a Division of Random House, Inc.
"Extremely powerful...a healthy reminder of the foundations on which American society is built." (Amazon.com)
"The stories are emotional, and Brokaw comes through with appropriate pathos." (AudioFile)
The first mistake that I made was in that I thought that I purchased The Greatest Generation and instead I got this. After I got over the disappointment of my mistake I listened to this and it was interesting but not mind blowing in any way. Some stories are more telling of the time than others. I kind of got tired of the same readers relaying different stories and actually there are so many stories that they really started to blend. I am somebody who is VERY interested in hearing my father's stories and is fascinated by this generation but listening to hours and hours of 'ok' stories didn't make for great entertainment for me. Perhaps I would have liked it more as it was intended (a follow-on to the original book) but I don't think so.
These are touching stories, sure to bring both smiles and tears. You do not have to have read The Greatest Generation, this book is wonderful on it's own. The cast was fantastic and did a great job of bringing the characters to life. Inspiring. I enjoyed this selection and would choose it again.
It is impossible to listen to this book and not be humbled and moved to tears! I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for all the sacrifices made in World War II to preserve our country's way of life. Thanks to all who participated and shared their stories.
I enjoyed this audible book very much and despite the grating voice of Tom Brokaw, he came out with what turned out to be a wonderful and touching book. A great read to and from work.
My husband and I found this book tedious and did not finish listening to it. The characters showed bravery, but were not interesting. The storytelling seemed flat to us.
If you're lucky enough to be the child or the grand child of those who grew up in the depression and came of age in ww2, this is a "must read". So many similarities and so many connections to draw from EACH story. You'll feel a renewed pride about Your history and a commitment to character like never before.
Definitely one of the better WWII books I have listened to! I would highly recommend it for anyone who has read the greatest generation as well as anyone interested in learning from those who lived it how WWII shaped the Baby Boomer generation.
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