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The Greatest Generation
The Greatest Generation
Author: Tom Brokaw
"In the spring of 1984, I went to the northwest of France, to Normandy, to prepare an NBC documentary on the fortieth anniversary of D-Day, the massive and daring Allied invasion of Europe that marked the beginning of the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. There, I underwent a life-changing experience. As I walked the beaches with the American v...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780375502026
ISBN-10: 0375502025
Publication Date: 11/30/1998
Pages: 432
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 180 ratings
Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3
I started to read this book once when I checked it out of the library. Well, I just had to have one for myself to keep. I want my children and grandchildren to read it also. It is about different people of that generation of my parents time. My Father served in WWII. Today's generation needs to take a look back and learn.
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Helpful Score: 2
It was very interesting to hear so many veterans' stories about their time in WW II. For so many years there was nothing said. I think now the current generation is interested and the past generation is willing to talk about how they conquered those difficult days in their lives. Along with the veterans, are stories of the wives they left behind, the minority groups (women, blacks, Indian and Japanese) struggles and even some famous people who served in the war.
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Helpful Score: 2
Excellent book, covers many different perspectives fairly. At the time it came out, it was a good reminder of the WWII generation. It stands next to Studs Terkel's "The Good War," and is a must-read for fans of history. It's quite a bit shorter than Terkel's book, for those who are not looking for a massive oral history lesson.
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My teenage son listened to the audio of this, and now keeps the book by his bed for repeated reading. Each chapter is the story of a different person, couple or group. Some we've never heard of, and some are well known figures in our culture. I'm recommending this book to homeschool friends who are studying World War 2. This is a great dip into the life & times of the WW2 generation. This book gives us one last chance to embrace them while many of them are still here to appreciate it.
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This is really an excellent book about the World War II generation who greatly changed America and the whole world. All of these people are my father and uncles' contemporaries. My father left for the South Pacific when I was about 3 mo. old and didn't return until I was nearly 3 yr. old, so the situation greatly affected me, too.
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Very inspirational. These snippits of bravery and patriotism helped secure the freedoms we have today. Loved this book. Sadly, I heard very few stories from my dad and his 4 brothers who served in WWII. Veterans, please share your military legacy. You earned that right. Thank you all for your service.
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This is a very good book. It helped me to understand why I believe what I believe and gave me new respect and love for my parents. My father was in the navy in WW11.
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This was a good book. The author interviewed people about their experiences living through World War II, soldiers, and their wives, and women who served in the war as nurses or support staff.
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Great popular book about the generation of Wilson through Reagan. Hope my kids will read it someday!
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wonderful stories of WW2 heroes.
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Brokaw's peon to the World War II generation as they dealt with the overwhelming crucible of that War. I enjoyed reading the dozens of mini-biographies of sung but mostly unsung heroes who did what they had to do for the country united behind them.