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The Greatest Generation


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ISBN13: 9780375502026
ISBN10: 0375502025
Condition: Standard
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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.

"At a time in their lives when their days and nights should have been filled with innocent adventure, love, and the lessons of the workaday world, they were fighting in the most primitive conditions possible across the bloodied landscape of France, Belgium, Italy, Austria, and the coral islands of the Pacific. They answered the call to save the world from the two most powerful and ruthless military machines ever assembled, instruments of conquest in the hands of fascist maniacs. They faced great odds and a late start, but they did not protest. They succeeded on every front. They won the war; they saved the world. They came home to joyous and short-lived celebrations and immediately began the task of rebuilding their lives and the world they wanted. They married in record numbers and gave birth to another distinctive generation, the Baby Boomers. A grateful nation made it possible for more of them to attend college than any society had ever educated, anywhere. They gave the world new science, literature, art, industry, and economic strength unparalleled in the long curve of history. As they now reach the twilight of their adventurous and productive lives, they remain, for the most part, exceptionally modest. They have so many stories to tell, stories that in many cases they have never told before, because in a deep sense they didn't think that what they were doing was that special, because everyone else was doing it too.

"This book, I hope, will in some small way pay tribute to those men and women who have given us the lives we have today--an American family portrait album of the greatest generation."


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.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

  1. Thomas and Eileen Broderick
  2. Charles O. Van Gorder
  3. Wesley Ko
  4. James and Dorothy Dowling
  5. Rev. Harry Reginald "Reg" Hammond
  6. Lloyd Kilmer
  7. Gordon Larsen
  8. Romeo club: retired old men eating out
  9. John "Lefty" Caulfield
  10. Charles Briscoe
  11. Dorothy Haener
  12. Heroes
  13. Bob Bush
  14. Joe Foss
  15. Leonard "Bud" Lomell
  16. Colonel Mary Hallaren
  17. General Jeanne Holm
  18. Three women and how they served
  19. Marion Rivers Nittel
  20. Claudine "Scottie" Lingelbach
  21. Alison Ely Campbell
  22. Margaret Ray Ringenberg
  23. Mary Louise Roberts Wilson
  24. Martha Settle Putney
  25. Johnnie Holmes
  26. Luis Armijo
  27. Nao Takasugi
  28. Norman Mineta
  29. John and Peggy Assenzio
  30. Dumbos
  31. Gaylord and Carrie Lee Nelson
  32. Jeanette Gagne Norton
  33. Daphne Cavin
  34. George Bush
  35. Ben Bradlee
  36. Art Buchwald
  37. Andy Rooney
  38. Julia Child
  39. Gertrude Belle "Trudy" Elion
  40. Chesterfield Smith
  41. Al Neuharth
  42. Maurice "Hank" Greenberg
  43. Mark Hatfield
  44. Robert Dole
  45. Daniel Inouye
  46. Caspar Weinberger
  47. Lloyd Cutler
  48. George Shultz
  49. Arthur Schlesinger
  50. Ed Guthman
  51. Twilight of their lives.

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smilesndeed, March 9, 2012 (view all comments by smilesndeed)
One of the best possible tributes I can find about such a tremendous tumultuous time of human history. It is stunning how many ordinary individuals made such an impact on our lives in these war-torn years.

A must read for any person grateful for the human condition of overcoming adversity. An excellent book to take a trip or vacation. Simply excellent.
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Product Details

Brokaw, Tom
Random House
Norwalk, Conn.
Military - World War II
World war, 1939-1945
Modern - 20th Century
United States - 20th Century/WWII
United States - 20th Century/Depression
Personal narratives, american
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
World War, 19
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
November 1998
9.50x6.60x1.35 in. 1.72 lbs.

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