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Boom!: Voices of the Sixties: Personal Reflections on the 60's and Today (Large Print)

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In The Greatest Generation, his landmark bestseller, Tom Brokaw eloquently evoked for America what it meant to come of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War. Now, in Boom!, one of America's premier journalists gives us an epic portrait of another defining era in America as he brings to life the tumultuous Sixties, a fault line in American history. The voices and stories of both famous people and ordinary citizens come together as Brokaw takes us on a memorable journey through a remarkable time, exploring how individual lives and the national mindset were affected by a controversial era and showing how the aftershocks of the Sixties continue to resound in our lives today. In the reflections of a generation, Brokaw also discovers lessons that might guide us in the years ahead.

Boom!

One minute it was Ike and the man in the grey flannel suit, and the next minute it was time to turn on, tune in, drop out. While Americans were walking on the moon, Americans were dying in Vietnam. Nothing was beyond question, and there were far fewer answers than before.

Published as the fortieth anniversary of 1968 approaches, Boom! gives us what Brokaw sees as a virtual reunion of some members of the class of '68, offering wise and moving reflections and frank personal remembrances about people's lives during a time of high ideals and profound social, political, and individual change. What were the gains, what were the losses? Who were the winners, who were the losers? As they look back decades later, what do members of the Sixties generation think really mattered in that tumultuous time, and what will have meaning going forward?

Race, war, politics, feminism, popular culture, and music are all explored here, and we learn from a wide range of people about their lives. Tom Brokaw explores how members of this generation have gone on to bring activism and a Sixties mindset into individual entrepreneurship today. We hear stories of how this formative decade has led to a recalibrated perspective — on business, the environment, politics, family, our national existence.

Remarkable in its insights, profoundly moving, wonderfully written and reported, this revealing portrait of a generation and of an era, and of the impact of the 1960s on our lives today, lets us be present at this reunion ourselves, and join in these frank conversations about America then, now, and tomorrow.

Review:

"The book is not only right in its atmospherics but downright intellectually stimulating." Hartford Courant

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"This book would be an odd and sprawling compendium were it not for the unifying effect of Mr. Brokaw's companionable style." Janet Maslin, New York Times

About the Author

Tom Brokaw is the author of four bestsellers: The Greatest Generation, The Greatest Generation Speaks, An Album of Memories, and A Long Way from Home. From 1976 to 1981 he anchored "Today" on NBC. He was the sole anchor and managing editor of "NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw" from 1983 to 2004.

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Trigger, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Trigger)
As a Boomer myself, this book brought back a lot of memories of growing up in the sixties. In addition, I learned a lot of things I previously did not know about some famous people from that era. The book is very entertaining and enlightening.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780739326824
Author:
Brokaw, Tom
Publisher:
Random House Large Print Publishing
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/60s
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
History
Subject:
Large type books
Subject:
National characteristics, american
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Large Print:
Y
Series:
Tom Brokaw
Publication Date:
20071131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
CHAPTER-OPENING PHOTOS
Pages:
896
Dimensions:
9.16x6.36x1.45 in. 2.06 lbs.

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