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A conversation about America: who we are, where we've been, and where we need to go now, to recapture the American dream.

Tom Brokaw, known and beloved for his landmark work in American journalism and for the New York Times best-sellers The Greatest Generation and Boom!, now turns his attention to the challenges that face America in the new millennium, to offer reflections on how we can restore America’s greatness.

“What happened to the America I thought I knew?” Brokaw writes. “Have we simply wandered off course, but only temporarily? Or have we allowed ourselves to be so divided that we’re easy prey for hijackers who could steer us onto a path to a crash landing? ... I do have some thoughts, original and inspired by others, for our journey into the heart of a new century.”

Rooted in the values, lessons, and verities of generations past and of his South Dakota upbringing, Brokaw weaves together inspiring stories of Americans who are making a difference and personal stories from his own family history, to engage us in a conversation about our country and to offer ideas for how we can revitalize the promise of the American Dream.

Inviting us to foster a rebirth of family, community, and civic engagement as profound as the one that won World War II, built our postwar prosperity, and ushered in the Civil Rights era, Brokaw traces the exciting, unnerving changes in modern life - in values, education, public service, housing, the Internet, and more - that have transformed our society in the decades since the age of thrift in which he was raised. Offering ideas from Americans who are change agents in their communities, in The Time of Our Lives, Brokaw gives us, a wise, honest, and wide-ranging book, a nourishing vision of hopefulness in an age of dimished expectations.

©2011 Random House Audio (P)2011 Tom Brokaw

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  • Amanda
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 11-16-11

A book for EVERY Generation - Funny & Insightful

While I've always been a huge fan of Tom Brokaw, I've yet to read any of his previous books because they always seemed a little...disconnected in relation to my life. I knew that books about the "Greatest Generation" and the "Baby Boomers" would be valuable to read for the very reason that I DIDN'T know nearly enough about them; it's our history, and it's important; but somehow, I've yet to pick one up.

That was a large reason I jumped at his newest work as soon as it came out. This book still talks about the past, but does so in order to tie it in with the present and then suggests how we could take what HAS happened, and what IS happening, and see what we can learn about it to help shape our future.

Please be assured this is NOT dry reading! It's funny, extremely personal, and totally brilliant. There were many times I cracked up alone in the car while listening to it. Mr. Brokaw covers a myriad of important, fascinating, topical subjects, from the state of education in the world, to the housing crisis, to politics, to personal finance, to being a grandparent; and he does so in a way that is relevant to everyone. (I'm a 39 year old single woman, and the portion on grandparents was one of my favorites).

If you are a fan of current events or politics, I'd be extremely surprised if you didn't love this book. As is typically for Mr. Brokaw it's superbly balanced and well thought out. It's was so good, in fact, he's convinced me to jump into his early works that I've heretofore held out on. Greatest Generation, here I come!

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Current Thoughts of a Good Guy

This book, since of course narrated by Tom, himself, was like sitting in the living room with Tom Brokaw and listening to his ideas about American life in current times. His observations and advice to the new generation, their fields of study and opportunities is hopeful and useful. If you are patriotic and you know why you are, you may relate to and be inspired by his useful thinking.

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Good...but

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed the theme of this book.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tom Brokaw?

Anyone else. For the nightly news I enjoy Tom Brokaw's voice. For a 7 hours book....no.

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Engagingly descriptive!

The descriptive accounts of history coupled with the juxtaposition of Tom Brokaw's life events is interesting and masterful. Great book!

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Great ideas and stories

My 85 year old mom recommended this book. By the end I realized why. Tom spoke from the heart.

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I thought I would enjoy this book but I found it some what boring. There were no great moments for me. I finished this book just a few days ago but find myself already forgetting most of the things that were in it.

I was surprised to find myself a little annoyed with his voice by the end of the book.

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  • Elizabeth
  • Bellevue, WA, United States
  • 07-12-12

Grandfather Tom offers solid advice

First, listening to Tom read the book was divine...there's a reason he was so pleasant on the news for all those years.

The book does come across in conversation form of Brokaw's experiences and insights on America and how where we've been has gotten us where we've gotten. In a very grandfatherly way, he offers advice to Americans of all generations about how we can improve ourselves, our country and our world. I agreed with most of what he said and so found myself often thinking, "preach it!" as he talked about the need for service, living within our means and escaping the curse of materialism.

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Good storytelling; will have you nodding

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One of those books that will make you nod your head in agreement, like, "Yes, that IS messed up," or "Amen, we need to fix that!" Listening to this for me was a bit like hearing my parents/aunts/uncles tell stories of when they were my age (I'm in my 30s) and I think, "Houses and cars cost HOW MUCH less than they do now and you made as much or MORE than I do today at a similar-level job? No wonder I feel poor and unsuccessful... it was so much easier back then to have the 'American Dream'! ...And don't even get me started about college!"

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  • Louisa
  • Mountain View, CA, United States
  • 01-29-12

He walks you through recent American history.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Time of Our Lives to be better than the print version?

Yeah, who does not like Tom's own voice?

What did you like best about this story?

Tom's personal touch, he shares his life with everyone. Kids can learn from him, how life was simple and fruggle, but fullfilling too.

Have you listened to any of Tom Brokaw’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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  • Margaret
  • North Las Vegas, NV, United States
  • 01-17-12

Vintage Brokaw

If you could sum up The Time of Our Lives in three words, what would they be?

Tom Brokaw! A great story teller

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

A sane voice in these days of the 24 hour new cycle

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed the read. <br/>