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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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