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3.0003258921297 out of 53.0003258921297 out of 53.0003258921297 out of 53.0003258921297 out of 53.0003258921297 out of 5 3.00 (6,137 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 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. Download and start listening now!


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

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    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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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". "

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