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3.00095969289827 out of 53.00095969289827 out of 53.00095969289827 out of 53.00095969289827 out of 53.00095969289827 out of 5 3.00 (1,042 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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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allyson | 2/20/2014

    " I enjoyed Boom! as much as The Greatest Generation, but in quite a different way. The Greatest Generation taught me about a time period that my grandparents lived through, inspiring me because of the unity of a nation. The events in Boom! took place during the first 10 years of my life, so I grew up knowing of them, but not necessarily a lot about them. Because of my interest in 60's music and all that I've read about it, I feel like I knew pieces of the picture of that decade; the music of that time had a big impact on the culture, both as a catalyst for change and a strong reflection of attitudes and events. So for me, Boom! filled in the gaps, showing me how everything fits together so that I could see the big picture and understand the lasting impact those times and events have had on our country... for better and for worse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cathi | 2/18/2014

    " 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 by Sandy T | 2/9/2014

    " I loved Brokaw's books on The Greatest Generation, and was expecting this book about the sixties to be like it-- personal experiences of those who lived through it. And it was, somewhat, except they were mainly politicians and public figures, and their opinion about the politics of the time. Since I was so young when it was going on I didn't understand the significance of it all at the time, so this was a good review. My favorite part was James Taylor's take on the whole thing... love him! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ken | 1/30/2014

    " A bit too condescending at times. "

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