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The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation about America: A Conversation about America

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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.

"What happened to the America I thought I knew?" Brokaw writes. "Have we simply wandered off course, but only temporarily? Or have we allowed ourselves to be so divided that we're easy prey for hijackers who could steer us onto a path to a crash landing? . . . I do have some thoughts, original and inspired by others, for our journey into the heart of a new century."

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 offer 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 won 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. Offering ideas from Americans who are change agents in their communities, in "The Time of Our Lives, "Brokaw gives us, a wise, honest, and wide-ranging book, a nourishing vision of hopefulness in an age of dimished expectations.

About the Author

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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Table of Contents

Generations — One nation, indivisible — K through 12 and the hazards along the way — Old school ties and new world requirements — Don't know much about geometry — Church of thrift — Survivors : the loopers — House broken — Uncle Sam needs us — The United States academy of public service — Stepping up and signing up — Wire the world but don't short circuit your soul — Partners — Balancing the book of life — Failure is an option — Everyone's a journalist — The grandparent lode — September of my years.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679643920
Subtitle:
A Conversation about America; Who We Are, Where We've Been, and Where We Need to Go Now, to Recapture the American Dream
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Brokaw, Tom
Publication Date:
20111101
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
320

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