In this superb book, Tom Brokaw goes out into America to
tell through the stories of individual men and women the story of a generation,
America’s citizen heroes and heroines who came of age during the Great
Depression and the Second World War and went on to build modern America. 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. In this book, you will meet people whose
everyday lives reveal how a generation persevered through war, and were trained
by it, and then went on to create interesting and useful lives and the America
we have today.
In this book you’ll meet people like Charles Van Gorder, who
set up during D-Day a MASH-like medical facility in the middle of the fighting
and then came home to create a clinic and hospital in his hometown. You’ll hear
George Bush talk about how, as a Navy Air Corps combat pilot, one of his
assignments was to read the mail of the enlisted men under him to be sure no
sensitive military information would be compromised. And so, Bush says, “I
learned about life.” You’ll meet Trudy Elion, winner of the Nobel Prize in
medicine, one of the many women in this book who found fulfilling careers in
the changed society as a result of the war; Martha Putney, one of the first
black women to serve in the newly formed WACs; and the members of the Romeo
Club (Retired Old Men Eating Out), friends for life.
Through these and other stories in The Greatest Generation, you’ll relive
with ordinary men and women, military heroes, famous people of great
achievement, and community leaders how these extraordinary times forged the
values and provided the training that made a people and a nation great.
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