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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,040 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Brokaw Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN: 9781415943489
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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.


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/19/2014

    " Not having lived through the Sixties, I enjoyed reading the book but I didnt get a clear idea of what lessons we should have learned or did learn from that time. Specifically, I thought the political chapters were weak as far as the lasting impact of the Sixties. That was surprising given the almost unanimous feelings of the interviewees that the twin assassinations in 1968 of Sen. Robert Kennedy and Dr. King were highly traumatic and transformative, both personally and politically. The book was more interesting as a "this is who they were then, this is who they are now" depiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 2/13/2014

    " If you spent some time in the 60's as a teenager, young adult, or adult this book will enlighten you about the experiences and thoughts of others who traveled through those years that shaped their lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debby | 2/4/2014

    " this was a very interesting book. I really got a better idea of the 60's and what was going on, and from all types of people. I would recommend this to everyone. Its important for us all to know our past. Great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 1/29/2014

    " Great reminiscing - listened to this on CD while driving and kept wishing I could take notes. The music referenced was given a context that I hadn't thought of before. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gayle | 1/16/2014

    " I have really loved Brokaw's previous books, so I assumed I would love this one, as well. Even though the book was interesting, I didn't really learn anything new, and the arrangement of subjects / interviewees never really engaged me. I longed for Tom's voice "memoir" voice throughout, but got the "reporter" instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mermsie | 1/16/2014

    " I don't have anything to add to the other reviews....it was a great look back at a crazy time. Interesting to read all the interviews and compare/contrast that time with today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debby | 1/14/2014

    " While growing up in the 60's, I think I was so caught up in my own social life and education that I missed some of the details in the history of the times. I knew about the big events, but there was so much more to know and understand. How did people acquire some of these attitudes? This book goes back and refreshes my memory, educates me, and lets me know what has happened to these people since. What is also fascinating is how some of them have gone full circle and now feel very differently than they did in the 60's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen Thorpe | 1/13/2014

    " Was surprised by the many events that happened in "my era" that I had not thought about for some time. Very interesting read. I enjoyed it more than I would have thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beckie | 1/9/2014

    " Very interesting to hear about the different stories that were going on during the 1960s... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Long | 1/2/2014

    " Interesting look back, particularly at 1968, of the Baby Boomers and the Sixties via interviews from everyone from a doctor of a free clinic at Haight-Ashbury to Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton (and Brokaw draws many parallels between the two). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamar Lasko | 12/31/2013

    " The most interesting part of this book was how the author gave a perspective of the 60's through the eyes of people who have been in charge in D.C. in recent years. The parallels between Vietnam and Iraq were interesting, but there was too much jumping around for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vonnie | 12/3/2013

    " I love Tom Brokaw. His first book was exceptional and this one so far follows close to the first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 11/26/2013

    " News journalist, child of the 50's takes a look at the voices of the 60's. What was accomplished? Anything? Mixed bag of results professed. Worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leanne | 11/11/2013

    " Excellent! Brought back a lot of memories! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gary | 9/20/2013

    " Tom has finally exhausted his trove of noble subjects. Few people and fewer events featured in this book were truely exciting and worth the trip back to the 60's, even for one who was there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice Hartman | 7/23/2013

    " Lots of things that I missed when I was a child. tom Brokaw cares about the US "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 L | 6/11/2013

    " I admit. I read this just for the remembrances of things past. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 3/18/2013

    " I loved Brokaw's narrative style (he really is America's dad) and the different perspectives on each issue that shaped the 60's. This helped me understand my conservative parents and their role in a decade that was complex, chaotic and a game changer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zimmermc | 3/1/2013

    " Intersting reflections of the 60s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Cozzi | 1/29/2013

    " Thank you Tom Brokaw for a trip back to the events and people of the sixties and early seventies! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/29/2012

    " I triple-loved this book. As a 60's teen, I lived through these times and they were my formative years. I knew most of the folks interviewed and thoroughly enjoyed Tom's perspective. He is a great writer in addition to being a TV journalist icon, himself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 9/22/2012

    " Really brought back memories--both good and bad of the last of my high school days and my college years. It was amazing to see the changes from then and now. Unfortunately some things stay the same. War, racism, gender inequality. For all Boomers or anyone interested in this period of change! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim Salisbury | 8/24/2012

    " Interviews and stories about a lot of famous people that were around and busy during the 60's. Somehow I feel like he missed a little something, though I can't quite put my finger on what it is yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/1/2012

    " I really enjoyed reading about the history of the decade. It was fun reading about each person's perspective of the decade, and what it meant for them, and what they are doing now. I would recommend this book to high schoolers who are learning about this time in history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 8/20/2011

    " I learned what women had to go through to get where we are today. What the men and women faced when they were at the front line in Vietnam and how it changed their lives when they had to come back to America. Easy read, short stories, and informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 6/28/2011

    " I enjoyed comparing my memories of the Sixties to the incidents recounted here. It certainly was a decade that changed life in America permanently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geof | 4/12/2011

    " The 60's were a mess. Good things came about such as improvements in women's rights and racial equality. Sadly we didn't learn anything about how not to get into a ridiculous war with no clear objective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 1/19/2011

    " Excellent commentary on the times I grew up in. A chance to remember those times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 1/3/2011

    " I had a hard time getting into the book but really loved it once the short stories started. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zaki | 1/1/2011

    " Great book, that sums up the 60s for those who were not born during that famous or infamous (depending on your view) decade! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 10/25/2010

    " Been there, done that. I was in college and grad school in the sixties, so most of the people and events mentioned in the profiles were old hat to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 10/1/2010

    " Moderately interesting. It's basically a collection of rough transcripts of short interviews Brokaw had with various figures who lived through the 60s, either notable then or notable now. While a few of the interviews are fascinating, on the whole they quickly become tedious and repetitive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 9/8/2010

    " Took me a while to complete and assimilate, since this book essentially covers my entire lifetime. I had one of those reactions of "where was I and what was I doing" as I went through the chapters. I had emotional reactions, unlike reading "history". Definitely worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/24/2010

    " I loved Brokaw's narrative style (he really is America's dad) and the different perspectives on each issue that shaped the 60's. This helped me understand my conservative parents and their role in a decade that was complex, chaotic and a game changer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 4/27/2010

    " I liked the broad brush stroke Brokaw took of the defining moments of the 1960s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 3/8/2010

    " Definitely some fascinating accounts, but I think I prefer The Greatest Generation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ken | 3/8/2010

    " A bit too condescending at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathi | 2/10/2010

    " This is a great 1960s book, and I enjoyed reading more about the Baby Boomer generation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryellen | 2/4/2010

    " If you know me, you know that I usually read fiction. I read this for a book discussion. Boy, did it bring back memories! Very interesting take on the 60s, a must read for all baby boomers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 2/1/2010

    " Not nearly as good as "The Greatest Generation." but still worthwhile.... "

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About the Author
Author Tom BrokawTom Brokaw is the author of seven bestsellers: The Greatest Generation, The Greatest Generation Speaks, An Album of Memories, Boom!, The Time of Our Lives,A Long Way from Home, and A Lucky Life Interrupted. A native of South Dakota, he graduated from the University of South Dakota, and 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 was the sole anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw from 1983 to 2005. He continues to report for NBC News, producing long-form documentaries and providing expertise during breaking news events. Brokaw has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including two DuPonts, three Peabody Awards, and several Emmys, including one for lifetime achievement. In 2014, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He lives in New York and Montana.
About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.