Boom! Voices of the Sixties Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today

ISBN-10: 1400064570

ISBN-13: 9781400064571

Edition: 2007

Authors: Tom Brokaw

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In "The Greatest Generation," his landmark bestseller, Tom Brokaw eloquently evoked for America what it meant to come of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War. Now, in Boom!, one of America's premier journalists gives us an epic portrait of another defining era in America as he brings to life the tumultuous Sixties, a fault line in American history. The voices and stories of both famous people and ordinary citizens come together as Brokaw takes us on a memorable journey through a remarkable time, exploring how individual lives and the national mindset were affected by a controversial era and showing how the aftershocks of the Sixties continue to resound in our lives today. In the reflections of a generation, Brokaw also discovers lessons that might guide us in the years ahead. Boom! One minute it was Ike and the man in the grey flannel suit, and the next minute it was time to "turn on, tune in, drop out." While Americans were walking on the moon, Americans were dying in Vietnam. Nothing was beyond question, and there were far fewer answers than before. Published as the fortieth anniversary of 1968 approaches, "Boom!" gives us what Brokaw sees as a virtual reunion of some members of "the class of '68," offering wise and moving reflections and frank personal remembrances about people's lives during a time of high ideals and profound social, political, and individual change. What were the gains, what were the losses? Who were the winners, who were the losers? As they look back decades later, what do members of the Sixties generation think really mattered in that tumultuous time, and what will have meaning going forward? Race, war, politics, feminism, popularculture, and music are all explored here, and we learn from a wide range of people about their lives. Tom Brokaw explores how members of this generation have gone on to bring activism and a Sixties mindset into individual entrepreneurship today. We hear stories of how this formative decade has led to a recalibrated perspective-on business, the environment, politics, family, our national existence. Remarkable in its insights, profoundly moving, wonderfully written and reported, this revealing portrait of a generation and of an era, and of the impact of the 1960s on our lives today, lets us be present at this reunion ourselves, and join in these frank conversations about America then, now, and tomorrow.
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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/6/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 688
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.398
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.

Introduction: What Was That All About?
Something's Happening Here
A Loss of Innocence
He Had a Dream
Representative John Lewish and Julian Bond
Reverend Andrew Young
Tom Turnipseed
Reverend Thomas Gilmore
The Fracture of 1968: The Noisy Masses versus the Silent Majority
Jeff Greenfield and Sam Brown
Mayor Richard M. Daley and William Daley
Pat Buchanan
A Place Called Vietnam
We Had to Destroy the Village: Captain Gene Kimmel and Dr. Les Gelb
Married to Vietnam: Tom and Nellie Coakley
Oh, Canada: Jeffry House
Semper Fi: Senator James Webb, Mike "Mac" McGarvey, and James Fallows
A Woman's Place
Nora Ephron
Gloria Steinem
Joan Growe
Muriel Kraszewski
Dr. Judith Rodin
Carla Hills and Joan Didion
Lissa Muscatine
Something's Happening Here
Dr. David Smith
Judy Collins
Arlo Guthrie and Tim Russert
Jann Wenner
Kris Kristofferson
Berry Gordy
Woody Miller
Aftershocks: Consequences, Intended and Otherwise
A Dream Fulfilled and a Dream Deferred
Charlene Stimley Priester and Ouida Barnett Atkins
Stan Sanders
Dr Shelby Steele
Dr. Cleveland Sellers
The Reagan Revolution and the Democrats' Identity Crisis
President Bill Clinton and Speaker Newt Gingrich
Senator George McGovern and Senator Gary Hart
Karl Rove and Vice President Dick Cheney
Pat Buchanan and Senator Hillary Clinton
Second Thoughts and the Long View
Sam Brown
Jeremy Larner
Carl Pope
Ed Crane
Dolores Huerta
The War Without End
David Cadwell
General Colin Powell
General Wayne Downing
Senator John McCain
Senator Bob Kerrey
Senator Chuck Hagel
Dr. Charles Desmond
Ron Armella
Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and Peter Davis
I Am Woman
Jane Pauley
Anne Taylor Fleming
Linda Greenhouse
Dorothy Rabinowitz
Dr. Ruth Simmons
Dr. Susan Miller
Like a Rolling Stone
James Taylor
Paul Simon
Jann Wenner
Warren Beatty
Lawrence Kasdan
Lorne Michaels
Dick Gregory
Tommy Smothers
Leonard Riggio
Reflections: Seeing What Connects
The View from the Moon
Garry Trudeau
Other Voices
Joan Baez and Don McLean
Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins
Jack Weinberg
Stewart Brand
Captain Jim Lovell
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