The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation about America - Who We Are, Where We've Been, and Where We Need to Go Now, to Recapture the American Dream

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Random House Publishing Group, Sep 4, 2012 - History - 320 pages
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Who we are, where we've been, and where we need to go now, to recapture the American dream

Now with a new Foreword by the author

“The best presentation of the challenges facing the country—and the possible solutions—I've ever seen.”—P. J. O'Rourke

Tom Brokaw, known and beloved for his landmark work in American journalism and for the New York Times bestsellers 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.

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 share 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 helped win 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. In offering ideas from Americans who are change agents in their communities, Brokaw gives us a nourishing vision of hopefulness in an age of diminished expectations.

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“Inspiring tales of how people from different walks of life have found ways to be of service to their communities and country.”—Walter Isaacson
 

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I don’t typically read (or listen to) non-fiction. It’s just not my thing. And I’m inclined to avoid anything that may have political overtones, because honestly politics confuse and depress me and I ... Read full review

THE TIME OF OUR LIVES: A Conversation About America

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The venerable newscaster administers advice for our ailing nation.Brokaw (Boom!: Voices of the Sixties Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today, 2007, etc.) jumps into triage mode with this ... Read full review

Contents

One Nation Indivisible
17
Old School Ties and New World
57
Church of Thrift
86
Survivors
99
PART TO
127
CHAPTER IO The United States Academy
137
Stepping Up and Signing
150
PART THREE
169
Everyones a Journalist
187
Partners
198
PART FQUR
209
CHAPTER I6 Failure Is an Option
228
CHAPTER 7 The Grandparent Lode
238
September of My Years
252
Acknowledgments
275
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Tom Brokaw is the author of five bestsellers: The Greatest Generation, The Greatest Generation Speaks, An Album of Memories, A Long Way From Home, and Boom! A native of South Dakota, he graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in political science. He joined NBC News in 1966, serving as the White House correspondent during Watergate and anchoring Today on NBC from 1976 to 1981. He was the sole anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw from 1983 to 2005. He continues to report for NBC News, producing award-winning long-form documentaries and providing expertise during breaking news events. Brokaw has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including two DuPonts, a Peabody, and several Emmys. He is a regular contributor to the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and to Time, Newsweek, and Men's Journal. He lives in New York and Montana.


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