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

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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. 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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The television journalist and best-selling author of The Greatest Generation describes life growing up in the heart of the American Midwest and his early journalism career in the 1960s, reflecting on the people, places, culture, and values that shaped him and continues to shape him today. 500,000 first printing.

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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.

Table of Contents

Long way from home — Work — Boom times — Talk — Games — Boy's life — Yankton — On the air — Mother lode — Race — Failure is an option — Reflections.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588360830
Subtitle:
Growing up in the American Heartland
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Brokaw, Tom
Author:
Tom Brokaw
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Television Personalities
Subject:
Television journalists
Subject:
National characteristics, American
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Entertainment & Performing Arts -
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
National characteristics, american
Subject:
Television news anchors
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Brokaw, Tom
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Journalism-Journalists
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20021105
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
233

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Product details 233 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9781588360830 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The television journalist and best-selling author of The Greatest Generation describes life growing up in the heart of the American Midwest and his early journalism career in the 1960s, reflecting on the people, places, culture, and values that shaped him and continues to shape him today. 500,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , 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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