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The Greatest Generation
by Tom Brokaw

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Read by the Author, Tom Brokaw
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In this superb audiobook, Tom Brokaw goes out into America to tell - through the stories of individual men and women - the story of a generation, American's citizen heroes and heroines who came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to bud modern America.
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Overview
3 CDs / 4 hours
Read by the Author, Tom Brokaw
Also available on cassette

In this superb audiobook, Tom Brokaw goes out into America to tell - through the stories of individual men and women - the story of a generation, American's citizen heroes and heroines who came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to bud modern America.

"They won the war; they saved the world. They can 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 have the world new science, literature, art, industry, and economic strength unparalleled in the long curve of history."

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.

"I am in awe of them, these men and women who have given us the world we have today. I feel privileged to have been witness to their stories. A I came to know many of them I became more and more moved by their everyday excellence - and more and more convinced that this is the greatest generation in our country's history." - Tom Brokaw

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780375405662
  • ISBN-10: 0375405666
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publish Date: December 1998


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Tom Brokaw went to Normandy to cover the 40th and then the 50th anniversary of D-day, and though he was steeped in the history of that heroic, horrific invasion, it was the individuals he met and the stories they had to tell that moved and inspired him. Soon after that, he stated that the World War II generation that came of age in the Great Depression, that answered the call to save the world without whining or whimpering, and came home, mature beyond their years, to rebuild their lives and build America into the power it is, was the greatest. The audio version of his new book, The Greatest Generation (Random House AudioBooks, $24, 4 hours, 0375405658), which Brokaw reads in his familiar stentorian style, serves to back up that bold statement and may serve, too, as an inspirational model for listeners. What Brokaw achieves is an audio portrait album that pays tribute to ordinary people who lived through extraordinary times, whose enterprise, determination, and collective contributions created what we have and take for granted today. This generation wasn't perfect, they made mistakes, but they shared many values in common - duty, honor, pride in country, personal responsibility, service - values so many of us talk about rather than adhere to.

To get an inside view of the battles that shaped these men, listen to Band of Brothers (Simon & Schuster Audio, $25, 5 hours, 0671043919), Stephen E. Ambrose's brilliantly detailed account of E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, as its men moved from the nightmare of Normandy in 1944 to the capture of Hitler's Bavarian outpost in 1945.

 
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