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The Greatest Generation Speaks

Letters and Reflections
Narrated by: Tom Brokaw
Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
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New York Times best seller

A powerful selection of the letters Tom Brokaw received in response to his towering number-one best seller The Greatest Generation

“When I wrote about the men and women who came out of the Depression, who won great victories and made lasting sacrifices in World War II and then returned home to begin building the world we have today - the people I called the Greatest Generation - it was my way of saying thank you. But I was not prepared for the avalanche of letters and responses touched off by that book. I had written a book about America, and now America was writing back.” -Tom Brokaw 

In the phenomenal best seller The Greatest Generation, Tom Brokaw paid affecting tribute to those who gave the world so much - and who left an enduring legacy of courage and conviction. The Greatest Generation Speaks collects the vast outpouring of letters Brokaw received from men and women eager to share their intensely personal stories of a momentous time in America’s history. Some letters tell of the front during the war, others recall loved ones in harm’s way in distant places. They offer first-hand accounts of battles, poignant reflections on loneliness, exuberant expressions of love, and somber feelings of loss. 

As Brokaw notes, “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 them and all that we can learn from them.”

©1999 Tom Brokaw (P)1999 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

 "The stories are emotional, and Brokaw comes through with appropriate pathos." (AudioFile)

"A sweeping tribute to Americans who saved the world. It offers welcome inspiration." (The Washington Times)

"Entirely compelling." (The Wall Street Journal)

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