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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (321 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Brokaw Narrator: Dan Cashman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In A Long Way from Home, Tom Brokaw describes his childhood and youth in South Dakota, and the people and places in the American heartland of the 1940s and 1950s that continue to shape his life today. As he reflects on the American experience as he lived and observed it during the central decades of the twentieth century, Brokaw writes of his parents’ lives during the Great Depression, his boyhood along the Missouri River, the happy days of his adolescence in Yankton, and his early years in broadcast journalism on the cusp of the turbulent 1960s. As he recounts his own American pilgrimage, Tom Brokaw also explores what brought him and so many Americans to lead lives a long way from home, yet forever affected by it.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Charlie | 2/19/2014

    " Skillfully Brokaw has culled the details of a long distinguished life and made it a personal conversation with the reader. It is very readable and about everyday events of his life growing up before starting his career in major television. At first it seemed mundane and dull and I wondered how he tolerated it, let alone me in the reading; but I grew fascinated and began to identify with my own life- being about his age. I was particularly fascinated with his return to Dakota to see his Indian friends, and moved by their fate ( as was he). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary | 2/19/2014

    " I enjoyed the latter part of the book more than the first. It's a good insight into Brokaw who could be labeled narcissistic or honest. I prefer the latter. His evaluation of the Indian situation--and racism in general--should push us all to evaluate our personal stance as well as that of our towns and our nation. It's a forthcoming book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lois | 2/18/2014

    " This is a really good read about Tom Brokaw's literal and mental trip back to South Dakota home ground where he was born and raised. He gives a historical and descriptive analysis of what made South Dakota what it is today, and the people who settled it, and it's present day population. He makes the point well that he doesn't want to go back and live there, because his life has taken him to much broader horizons, and he's lived in New York a very long time. That is home to him, and yet,his South Dakota heritage is what shaped him into the person he is today. I have enjoyed this raad very much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jenny | 2/15/2014

    " Meh. Tom met his wife when he was growing up, and she thought he was pompous. I have to agree. I didn't care about him or the life he was describing. "

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