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A Long Way from Home (Large Print) (Random House Large Print Biography)


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In this beautiful memoir, Tom Brokaw writes of America and of the American experience. From his parents' life in the Thirties, 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.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

  1. ch. 1. Along way from home
  2. ch. 2.Work
  3. ch. 3.Boom times
  4. ch. 4.Talk
  5. ch. 5.Games
  6. ch. 6.Boys' life
  7. ch. 7.Yankton
  8. ch. 8.On the air
  9. ch. 9.Mother lode
  10. ch. 10.Race
  11. ch. 11.Failure is an option
  12. ch. 12.Reflections.

Product Details

Brokaw, Tom
Random House
New York
United states
Large type books
National characteristics, american
Television journalists
Television news anchors
Edition Number:
1st large print ed.
Large Print:
Random House Large Print Biography
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
December 2002
9.54x6.38x1.08 in. 1.25 lbs.

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