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

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ISBN13: 9780375507632
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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 unfolded-from childhood to love, marriage, the early days in broadcast journalism, and beyond-he 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.

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In his memoir, Brokaw writes of his quintessential American experience, from his parents' life in the thirties to his early journalism career in the tumultuous sixties to the present day.

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TOM BROKAW is the author of three bestsellers: The Greatest Generation, The Greatest Generation Speaks , and An Album of Memories. A native of South Dakota, Tom Brokaw 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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jak97211, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by jak97211)
I never liked Tom Brokaw and told myself I would never read The Greatest Generation. Wasn't I a pacifist and that book was about World War Two?

But I picked up this little tome about South Dakota when I was recovering form hip surgery. And well, it is beautifully written. Now I will have to peruse his other books.
Including much to my chagrin, The Greatest Generation.
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jak97211, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by jak97211)
I never liked Tom Brokaw and told myself I would never read The Greatest Generation. Wasn't I a pacifist and that book was about World War Two?

But I picked up this little tome about South Dakota when I was recovering form hip surgery. And well, it is beautifully written. Now I will have to peruse his other books.
Including much to my chagrin, The Greatest Generation.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375507632
Author:
Brokaw, Tom
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Television Personalities
Subject:
National characteristics, american
Subject:
Television journalists
Subject:
Television news anchors
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
Brokaw, Tom
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st trade ed.
Edition Description:
Trade
Series Volume:
107-548
Publication Date:
November 5, 2002
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
44 PHOTOS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.56x6.47x1.11 in. 1.21 lbs.

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