Greatest Generation

ISBN-10: 0375705694

ISBN-13: 9780375705694

Edition: 1998 (Large Type)

Authors: Tom Brokaw

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Read Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation in Large Print. * All Random House Large Print Editions are published in 16-point type "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 veterans who had returned for this anniversary, men in their sixties and seventies, and listened to their stories, I was deeply moved and profoundly grateful for all they had done. Ten years later, I returned to Normandy for the fiftieth anniversary of the invasion, and by then I had come to understand what this generation of Americans meant to history. It is, I believe, the greatest generation any society has ever produced." '160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160; 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. "At a time in their lives when their days and nights should have been filled with innocent adventure, love, and the lessons of the workaday world, they were fighting in the most primitive conditions possible across the bloodied landscape of France, Belgium, Italy, Austria, and the coral islands of the Pacific. They answered the call to save the world from the two most powerful and ruthless military machines ever assembled, instruments of conquest in the hands of fascist maniacs. They faced great odds and a late start, but they did not protest. They succeeded on every front. They won the war; they saved the world. They came 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 gave the world new science, literature, art, industry, and economic strength unparalleled in the long curve of history. As they now reach the twilight of their adventurous and productive lives, they remain, for the most part, exceptionally modest. They have so many stories to tell, stories that in many cases they have never told before, because in a deep sense they didn't think that what they were doing was that special, because everyone else was doing it too.'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160; "This book, I hope, will in some small way pay tribute to those men and women who have given us the lives we have today--an American family portrait album of the greatest generation." '160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160;'160; In this book you'll
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Diversified Publishing
Publication date: 12/7/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

Tom Brokaw, a native of South Dakota, graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in political science. He began his journalism career in Omaha & Atlanta before joining NBC News in 1966. Brokaw was the White House correspondent for NBC News during Watergate, & from 1976 to 1981 he anchored Today on NBC. He's been the sole anchor & managing editor of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw since 1983. Brokaw has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including two DuPonts, a Peabody Award, & several Emmys. He is the author of the bestselling books "The Greatest Generation" & "The Greatest Generation Speaks". He lives in New York & Montana.

Acknowledgments
Generations
The Time of Their Lives
Ordinary People
Thomas and Eileen Broderick
Chicago, Illinois
Insurance Agency Owner
82nd Airborne
Charles O. Van Gorder, MD
Andrews, North Carolina
Surgeon
326th Medical Company, 101st Airborne
Wesley Ko
Falmouth, Massachusetts
Printing Business
325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne
James and Dorothy Dowling
Smithtown, New York
Highway Superintendent
Bombardier-Navigator, 8th Air Force
Rev. Harry Reginald "Reg" Hammond
Ventura, California
Anglican Orthodox Priest
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Lloyd Kilmer
Omaha, Nebraska
County Clerk and Real Estate Executive
B-24 Pilot, 8th Air Force
Gordon Larsen
Orofino, Idaho
Powerhouse Operator
U.S. Marine Corps
The ROMEO Club--Retired Old Men Eating Out
John "Lefty" Caulfield
Cambridge, Massachusetts
School Principal
U.S. Navy
Home Front
Charles Briscoe
Wichita, Kansas
Boeing Engineer
Developed the B-29
Dorothy Haener
Detroit, Michigan
UAW Organizer
Heroes
Bob Bush
Raymond, Washington
Lumber and Building Supply Business
U.S. Navy Medical Corpsman
Congressional Medal of Honor Winner
Joe Foss
Scottsdale, Arizona
U.S. Marine Corps Pilot
Congressional Medal of Honor Winner
Leonard "Bud" Lomell
Toms River, New Jersey
Lawyer
U.S. Army, 2nd Ranger Battalion
Woman in Uniform and Out
Colonel Mary Hallaren
Arlington, Virginia
Colonel, U.S. Army, Women's Auxiliary Corps
General Jeanne Holm
Edgewater, Maryland
General, U.S. Air Force
Three Woman and How They Served
Marion Rivers Nittel
South Chatham, Massachusetts
Claudine "Scottie" Lingelbach
Lawrence, Kansas
Teacher/Real Estate Agent
Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service (WAVES), Navy
Alison Ely Campbell
Los Altos, California
Margaret Ray Ringenberg
Hoagland, Indiana
Women's Air Force Service Pilot (WASPs), 2nd Ferrying Division
Mary Louise Roberts Wilson
Duncanville, Texas
U.S. Army Nurse Corps
Shame
Martha Settle Putney
Washington, D.C.
History Professor
Women's Auxiliary Corps
Johnnie Holmes
Chicago, Illinois
Real Estate Investor
761st Tank Battalion
Luis Armijo
Fullerton, California
Schoolteacher
Communication Specialist, 20th Air Force
Nao Takasugi
Oxnard, California
California State Assemblyman
Norman Mineta
Edgewater, Maryland
California Congressman
Love, Marriage, and Commitment
John and Peggy Assenzio
Westbury, New York
Salesman/Teacher
118th Combat Engineers
The Dumbos
Yankton, South Dakota
Gaylord and Carrie Lee Nelson
Kensington, Maryland
Governor and Senator
Captain, U.S. Army/Lieutenant, U.S. Army Nurse Corps
Jeanette Gagne Norton
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Daphne Cavin
Lebanon, Indiana
Famous People
George Bush
Houston, Texas
President of the United States
Navy Air Corps
Ben Bradlee
Washington, D.C.
Journalist
Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Art Buchwald
Washington D.C.
Writer
U.S. Marine Corps
Andy Rooney
New York, New York
Journalist
U.S. Army
Julia Child
Pasadena, California
Chef
Office of Strategic Services
Gertrude Belle "Trudy" Elion
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Chemist
Nobel Prize for Medicine, 1988
Chesterfield Smith
Miami, Florida
Attorney, President of the American Bar Association
U.S. Infantry, 94th Division
Al Neuharth
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Founder, USA Today
U.S. Infantry, 86th Division
Maurice "Hank" Greenberg
New York, New York
CEO, American International Group
U.S. Army, Signal Corps, Army Rangers
The Arena
Mark Hatfield
Portland, Oregon
U.S. Senator
U.S. Navy
Robert Dole
Russell, Kansas
U.S. Senator
Presidential Candidate
U.S. Army, 10th Mountain Division
Daniel Inouye
Honolulu, Hawaii
U.S. Senator
U.S. Army, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
Caspar Weinberger
San Francisco, California
Secretary of Defense
U.S. Army
Lloyd Cutler
Washington, D.C.
Counsel to Presidents Carter and Clinton
U.S. Army, Combat Engineers
George Shultz
Palo Alto, California
Cabinet Member
U.S. Marines
Arthur Schlesinger
New York, New York
Historian
Office of War Information, Office of Strategic Services
Ed Guthman
Pacific Palisades, California
Journalist, Press Secretary to Robert F. Kennedy
Lieutenant, U.S. Infantry, 85th Division
The Twilight of Their Lives
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