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4.08764705882353 out of 54.08764705882353 out of 54.08764705882353 out of 54.08764705882353 out of 54.08764705882353 out of 5 4.09 (34 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: July 2000 ISBN: 9780739300466
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Read by the Author, Tom Brokaw
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In this superb audiobook, Tom Brokaw goes out into America to tell - through the stories of individual men and women - the story of a generation, American's citizen heroes and heroines who came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to bud modern America.  

"They won the war; they saved the world.  They can home to joyous and short-lived celebrations and immediately began the task of rebuilding their lives and the world they wanted.  They married in record numbers and gave birth to another distinctive generation, The Baby Boomers.  A grateful nation made it possible for more of them to attend college than any society had ever educated anywhere.  They have the world new science, literature, art, industry, and economic strength unparalleled in the long curve of history."  

This generation was united not only by a common purpose, but also by common values - duty, honor, economy courage, service, love of family and country, and, above all, responsibility for oneself.

"I am in awe of them, these men and women who have given us the world we have today.  I feel privileged to have been witness to their stories.  A I came to know many of them I became more and more moved by their everyday excellence - and more and more convinced that this is the greatest generation in our country's history." - Tom Brokaw Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A moving scrapbook...a tribute to the members of the World War II generation to whom we Americans and the world owe so much. The New York Times Book Review
  • Full of wonderful, wrenching tales of a generation of heroes. Tom Brokaw reminds us of what we are capable of as a people. An inspiring read for those who wish their spirits lifted. General Colin L. Powell (ret.)
  • Entirely compelling. The Wall Street Journal
  • Written with love and grace ... a book I will keep forever on my shelves. Frank McCourt, author of 'Tis
  • Heartfelt ... A sweeping tribute to Americans who saved the world. It offers welcome inspiration. The Washington Times

  • Don't miss the heartwarming New York Times bestseller that gives voice to The Greatest Generation:
  • The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters and Reflections

    Coming in July 2001 from Dell
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 shay | 2/16/2014

    " a very interesting window into the lives of some of the folks who came of age during WW2. i found this book to be incredibly moving and inspiring. it was also challenging, in a lot of ways, to examine the values of a generation past and see what it might be important to hold on to. highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benji Smith | 2/14/2014

    " I believe my Mom & Dad are from the "Greatest Generation" and although their stories aren't in here and they are the stereotypical parents of the baby-boomers, they fit the bill in terms of what this book describes as hearty, resourceful, reserved and committed role-models. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sunny | 2/2/2014

    " I enjoyed the stories, but the writing is not good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 1/25/2014

    " Great stories from my parents generation. My generation and my children's generation should read this and maybe learn it isn't always about "me". "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mariya | 1/22/2014

    " the book hails people like caspar weinberger. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 1/19/2014

    " Good to read from a historical view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sher | 1/14/2014

    " My father was part of this generation, as was my father-in-law. I am so proud of both of them, and because of their heroism during WWII, I enjoyed this book all the more. So many stories have gone untold. These are some great ones that are preserved for the current generation, one that has the potential to be just as great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne Flint | 1/9/2014

    " I really liked reading this and understanding my parent's generation and what they experienced. Made me much more cognizant of how their life has been framed based on their experiences. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Val | 1/8/2014

    " Inspiring accounts from the Depression/World World II generation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/6/2014

    " I loved this book. It made me want to go start a conversation with my grandparents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chip Etier | 12/21/2013

    " Their stories are heart warming and inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cerise | 12/17/2013

    " I'm not very well-read in nonfiction yet (I'm a teenager), but I thought this was a very moving, persuasive book of anecdotes. I can see why Brokaw calls them the "greatest generation." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zac Green | 12/16/2013

    " If you have not read this, please do.... put into the perspective of our Grandparents and the WWII generation - their struggles, faith, and CHARACTER "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eddie | 11/21/2013

    " Good but not as much as it was built up to be. Still, it reminds me of the sacrifices of my grandparents generation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon Hobbs | 10/20/2013

    " Incrediable!!! Made love my grandparents all the more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefie | 10/8/2013

    " I liked this book so so so much. It was touching to hear the stories that these brave people went through. It is too hard for my granparents to talk about, so this was a good insight for me. What respect I have for this generation! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo Oehrlein | 10/6/2013

    " I liked this book, but felt it was weakened by its use of stories of celebrities/politicans. I thought it would have been stronger if it just focused on people none of us had heard of. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 9/1/2013

    " This was an interesting book, and a great way to better understand what our relatives went through in the past. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madres | 6/26/2013

    " This is one of the most amazing books I have read. I learned so much and became more appreciative of all of the people who have served for us. Thanks to all of you! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amie | 5/18/2013

    " One of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 2/19/2013

    " Every generation following the one outlined in this book should hang their heads in shame. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Lorenzetti | 1/4/2012

    " Gave me a new appreciation for my parents generation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephenie | 11/7/2011

    " this book was seven kinds of interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 6/20/2011

    " History lesson like no other "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sailor Jenny Brett | 6/14/2011

    " Excellent reminder of where we came from and where we could end up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 4/29/2011

    " Great true stories from the generation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrice | 4/10/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book as it gave me a better sense of the world war II generation. I wouldn't say that Tom Brokaw is the best writer, but he is good at giving you a sense of the everyday heros of the times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 4/4/2011

    " Great stories from a generation that shaped this country for the better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joelle | 4/2/2011

    " When this came out, Dad gave a copy to almost everyone he knew! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 2/3/2011

    " Read this during my "Proud to be in the military" phase, hahaha! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 2/1/2011

    " very facinating collection of tales. if you enjoy WWII history or personal acccounts of events, i highly recommend "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 1/25/2011

    " Great stories. Really appreciate all that the generation did for us. If you don’t know much about the greatest generation, read the Greatest Generation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tori | 1/22/2011

    " Excellent - readable - the reason to interview our elders! "

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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.