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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: Tom Brokaw Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Reflections on America and the American experience as he has lived and observed it, by the bestselling author of The Greatest Generation.

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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carmen | 2/20/2014

    " Good book! Definitely held my attention! Makes me feel like I know Tom Brokaw, always a favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cheryl | 2/12/2014

    " I'm not a big fan of Tom Brokaw, but I did enjoy reading his autobiography. Growing up in a small South Dakota town, Brokaw never dreamed that his life would become as successful as it has. He gives the reader an intimate look at the people and places that shaped his life. He truly has come a long way from home. Interesting read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cindy | 2/11/2014

    " This was a very engaging read. It almost felt like a good book of fiction because you sit down and just get lost in the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steph | 2/2/2014

    " My Dad gave me this to read. I forget why. But memoirs are my guilty pleasure, so I devoured it in about two days. Brokaw's book traces the first twenty-odd years of his life (in the 1940's and 50's) in South Dakota. Even though he can be a pompous ass at times (which he acknowledges) it was a pretty engaging book. The strong parts are when he describes the purely desolate environment of his boyhood. Although, continually juxtoposing those deprivations to his now cushy lifestyle is gratuitous and makes it lose some of its power. "

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