A Long Way from Home: Growing Up in the American Heartland

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Random House Publishing Group, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 233 pages
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Reflections on America and the American experience as he has lived and observed it, by the bestselling author of The Greatest Generation . In this beautiful memoir, Tom Brokaw writes of America and of the American experience. From his parents' life in theThirties, on to his boyhood along the Missouri River and on the prairies of South Dakota in the Forties, into his early journalism career in the Fifties and the tumultuous Sixties, up to the present, this personal story is a reflection on America in our time. Tom Brokaw writes about growing up and coming of age in the heartland, and of the family, the people, the culture and the values that shaped him then and still do today. His father, Red Brokaw, a genius with machines, followed the instincts of Tom's mother Jean, and took the risk of moving his small family from an Army base to Pickstown, South Dakota, where Red got a job as a heavy equipment operator in the Army Corps of Engineers' project building the Ft. Randall dam along the Missouri River. Tom Brokaw describes how this move became the pivotal decision in their lives, as the Brokaw family, along with others after World War II, began to live out the American Dream: community, relative prosperity, middle class pleasures and good educations for their children. "Along the river and in the surrounding hills, I had a Tom Sawyer boyhood," Brokaw writes; and as he describes his own pilgrimage as it unfoldedfrom childhood to love, marriage, the early days in broadcast journalism, and beyondhe also reflects on what brought him and so many Americans of his generation to lead lives a long way from home, yet forever affected by it. From the Hardcover edition.

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User Review  - nancynova - LibraryThing

Read for the states reading challenge. Good biography of Brokaw's boyhood in the 40's and 50's, growing up in small town South Dakota. The town was so rural, there was no TV until they moved to a ... Read full review

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User Review  - csobolak - LibraryThing

While this book was interesting, it wasn't fascinating. This man was an all American boy who excelled in whatever he did. he was also a big fish in a little pond. Won the girl of his heart. I listened to the book, and the reader was somewhat flat. Read full review

About the author (2002)

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 & Atlanta before joining NBC News in 1966. Brokaw was the White House correspondent for NBC News during Watergate, & from 1976 to 1981 he anchored Today on NBC. He's been the sole anchor & 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, & several Emmys. He is the author of the bestselling books "The Greatest Generation" & "The Greatest Generation Speaks". He lives in New York & Montana.

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