The Greatest Generation (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Feb 23, 2000 - History - 412 pages
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"In the spring of 1984, I went to the northwest of France, to Normandy, to prepare an NBC documentary on the fortieth anniversary of D-Day, the massive and daring Allied invasion of Europe that marked the beginning of the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. There, I underwent a life-changing experience. As I walked the beaches with the American veterans who had returned for this anniversary, men in their sixties and seventies, and listened to their stories, I was deeply moved and profoundly grateful for all they had done. Ten years later, I returned to Normandy for the fiftieth anniversary of the invasion, and by then I had come to understand what this generation of Americans meant to history. It is, I believe, the greatest generation any society has ever produced."

In this superb book, 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. In this book, you will meet people whose everyday lives reveal how a generation persevered through war, and were trained by it, and then went on to create interesting and useful lives and the America we have today.

In this book you'll meet people like Charles Van Gorder, who set up during D-Day a MASH-like medical facility in the middle of the fighting, and then came home to create a clinic and hospital in his hometown. You'll hear George Bush talk about how, as a Navy Air Corps combat pilot, one of his assignments was to read the mail of the enlisted men under him, to be sure no sensitive military information would be compromised. And so, Bush says, "I learned about life." You'll meet Trudy Elion, winner of the Nobel Prize in medicine, one of the many women in this book who found fulfilling careers in the changed society as a result of the war. You'll meet Martha Putney, one of the first black women to serve in the newly formed WACs. And you'll meet the members of the Romeo Club (Retired Old Men Eating Out), friends for life.

Through these and other 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.

  

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Tom Brokaw is easy to read. - Goodreads
I am not sure of the premise, but very well done. - Goodreads
I enjoyed the stories, but the writing is not good. - Goodreads
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It gave an insight to what can happen during war. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Jill - Goodreads

Enjoyed this book. Generally was well-written. Some of the stories by the end start to feel repetitive. After reading something like this, I feel like I was born in the wrong era. I can relate to this ... Read full review

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User Review  - Esther Garrandés-meyer - Goodreads

I listened to the audiobook which Tom Brokaw narrates. I was engaged throughout which can sometimes be difficult when listening in the car. Read full review

Contents

THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES
3
CHARLES O N GORDER MD
27
REV HARRY REGINALD REG HAMMOND
55
The ROMEO ClubRetired Old Men Eating
77
CHARLES BRISCOE
89
DOROTHY HAENER
96
BOB BUSH
105
JOE FOSS
115
COLONEL MARY HALLAREN
139
Three Vomen and How They Served
152
MARGARET RAY RINGENBERG
163
1IARTHA SETTLE PUTNEY
185
LUIS ARMIJO
203
LOVE MARRIAGE AND COMMITMENT
229
THE DU MBOS
248
GEORGE BUSH 373
271

LEONARD BUD LOMELL
125

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About the author (2000)

Tom Brokaw, a native of South Dakota, graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in political science. He began his journalism career in Omaha and Atlanta before joining NBC News in 1966. Brokaw was the White House correspondent for NBC News during Watergate, and from 1976 to 1981 he anchored Today on NBC. He's been the sole anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw since 1983. Brokaw has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including two DuPonts, a Peabody Award, and several Emmys. He lives in New York and Montana.

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