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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (682 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Brokaw Narrator: Tom Brokaw Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2000 ISBN: 9781415920701
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Tom Brokaw touched the heart of the nation with his towering #1 bestseller The Greatest Generation, a moving tribute to those who gave the world so much—and who left an enduring legacy of heroism and grace. The Greatest Generation Speaks was born out of the vast outpouring of letters Brokaw received from people eager to share their personal memories and experiences of a momentous time in America’s history.

These letters and reflections cross time, distance, and generations as they give voice to lives forever changed by war: eighty-year-old Clarence M. Graham, who recounts his harrowing experience as a soldier captured by the Japanese—and provides a gripping eyewitness account of the dropping of the atomic bomb—Patricia Matthews Dorph, a soldier’s daughter who shares the love letters her parents exchanged during the war, a lasting legacy of passion, devotion, and enduring love; Rabbi Judah Nadich, the first Jewish chaplain to serve in the war; Lorraine Davis, a civilian who helped form the Club of ‘44, a group of wartime wives who still meet today.

From the front lines of battle to the back porches of beloved hometowns, The Greatest Generation Speaks brings to life the hopes and dreams of a generation who fought our most hard-won victories, and whose struggles and sacrifices made our future possible.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista | 2/15/2014

    " If you have parents or grandparents that grew up during this era, buy this book and give it to them as a gift. Also thank them for what you have today because of them! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/10/2014

    " What a great compilation of letters reflecting our "Greatest Generation" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 2/4/2014

    " I love the way the book is so readable and easy to put down and pick up without losing thought. Brokow has a great way of meshing the stories of what took place during WW II together, of weaving them together and of truly "Bringing to life the hopes and dreams of a generation who fought our most hard-won victories, and whose struggles and sacrifices made our future possible." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tori | 1/26/2014

    " Not nearly as good as The Greatest Generation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 1/20/2014

    " Audiobook, a wonderful, often heartbreaking look into the lives of those that grew up during the Great Depression and survived the horrors of World War II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Pucci | 1/19/2014

    " Interesting perspectives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al Fernandez | 1/5/2014

    " Sad & uplifting reading personal letters from soldiers who often times were facing death wondering if they were ever going to see their families again. They were all truly a selfless generation! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 11/14/2013

    " I like this better than The Greatest Generation because these are first-hand accounts of their struggles. I also like that he compiled letters from children, women, soldiers, and everyday citizens of that time period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/27/2013

    " I really enjoyed reading letters & accounts of what happened during the war from the soldiers & the family that lived it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ty | 10/17/2013

    " Loved it! Great perspective and history surrounding the WWII generation. Gained a huge new respect for that generation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 10/5/2013

    " More war stories, each of them enlightening and touching. Again, I was pissed off that I can't get the unabridged audiobook, but it's still worth listening to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 9/30/2013

    " Incredibly poignant first-person accounts of those who experienced World War II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dad | 9/22/2013

    " After the Greatest Generation was published, many people responded to Tom Brokaw about the people that he wrote about in that first book. It is the responces and his comments that brought this time period and the people who lived it to life. A must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Delores | 7/25/2013

    " Wonderful, very inspirational, helped me to look at my parents generation with new eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/9/2013

    " It reminded me of the importance of this period in my Dad's life. He never met anyone without his war stories creeping into the conversation. Reading the letters and remembrances brought him back to me through their shared and at the same time disparate experiences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beckynovacek | 4/15/2013

    " i loved the greatest generation, and had to pick this one up too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 4/13/2013

    " Really touching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 3/28/2013

    " Actually I would give this book a 6 or 7 rating because of the personal experiences related. If you want to know how blessed we are, and how much some sacrificed-here it is. Now I have to go get "The Greatest Generation", the first book which I am sure is as good and probably better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 2/28/2013

    " All in all, well worth the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodie | 7/18/2012

    " I absolutely loved The Greatest Generation, so when this one came out, I could not resist. I really enjoyed reading the first hand accounts and letters of those included. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lennie | 7/6/2012

    " I enjoyed reading the letters Tom Brokaw published in his book that came in response to The Greatest Generation. The letters reflected personal accounts and some were truly touching! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/11/2012

    " I enjoyed this book more than "The Greatest Generation". The stories of WWII were more genuine. They were spontaneously written to author, rather than the author seeking them out. This made everything much more personable and therefore more enjoyable for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 2/24/2012

    " I have always loved books of letters. I don't think there is a better way to learn about someone than to read their letters. This is a great collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Belinda | 1/17/2012

    " Another masterpiece!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marti | 12/6/2011

    " Since I reread the greastest generation, I thought I would go on to read the second book. It was fabulous. It makes you feel so gateful and puts everything in proper perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 10/17/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, but the first book, "The Greatest Generation" was much better in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 7/20/2011

    " A phenomenal read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 4/17/2011

    " Clearly this generation sacrificed! A nice follow up to The Greatest Generation and Unbroken. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 4/4/2011

    " Wonderful, part 2! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tori | 1/22/2011

    " Not nearly as good as The Greatest Generation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/5/2011

    " I enjoyed this book more than "The Greatest Generation". The stories of WWII were more genuine. They were spontaneously written to author, rather than the author seeking them out. This made everything much more personable and therefore more enjoyable for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/22/2010

    " I really enjoyed reading letters & accounts of what happened during the war from the soldiers & the family that lived it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodie | 7/3/2010

    " I absolutely loved The Greatest Generation, so when this one came out, I could not resist. I really enjoyed reading the first hand accounts and letters of those included. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 6/17/2009

    " I have always loved books of letters. I don't think there is a better way to learn about someone than to read their letters. This is a great collection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 4/30/2009

    " I really enjoyed this book, but the first book, "The Greatest Generation" was much better in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 4/28/2009

    " Audiobook, a wonderful, often heartbreaking look into the lives of those that grew up during the Great Depression and survived the horrors of World War II. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marti | 3/19/2009

    " Since I reread the greastest generation, I thought I would go on to read the second book. It was fabulous. It makes you feel so gateful and puts everything in proper perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler | 1/14/2009

    " Didn't enjoy this one as much as Brokaw's original, but still good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 11/5/2008

    " All in all, well worth the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista | 9/25/2008

    " If you have parents or grandparents that grew up during this era, buy this book and give it to them as a gift. Also thank them for what you have today because of them! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ty | 9/22/2008

    " Loved it! Great perspective and history surrounding the WWII generation. Gained a huge new respect for that generation. "

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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.