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.
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.
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.
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.
Incredibly disappointing. The whole book is a collection of 2-3 page life stories: how do you sum up one's life in 2-3 pages? A very small portion of each story is dedicated to the individuals' war careers/accomplishments and the rest runs on like an obituary or an âabout meâ portion of an introduction speech. I never got a full picture of who the individual was and HOW he/she shaped America. Fewer featured people and more time spent on each one is neededâ¦ I couldn't even read the entire book, it was so boring.
Perhaps I am a bit prejudiced, being the Baby Boomer daughter of an American soldier who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, but Tom Brokaw's wonderful reading of his book about World War Two survivors, both men and women, was one of the most moving books I have "read" in quite some time. Not at all dry as I had feared, it had humor, joy, disappointment, sadness in the stories Brokaw related of both famous and ordinary citizens. And I learned a great deal about those awful years that my dad, like so many other veterans, just couldn't talk about to those he loved.
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.
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.
I enjoyed The Greatest Generation. I enjoyed reading all the stories about the war and about all the people interviewed ranging from celebrities to everday people.Since I never knew anyone personally that served in the war, it was very interesting.
Brokaw's biographies of the American men and women who lived through, fought in, and returned home from World War II is a loving snapshot of the people who shaped U.S. society in the second half of the 20th century. He does go somewhat astray when he gets into the "famous" vets, who became important in business or politics. The book would have been better served if he had stayed with the "ordinary people" aspect.
The Greatest Generation provides extraordinary details of the sacrifices and bravery of our fathers and grandfathers who fought for freedom in WWII. This book is very descriptive and a great read from front to back! Highly recommend!
I had high expectations for this book and came away a little disappointed. I did enjoy the personal stories of average, everyday people (heros one and all in my book), but there just weren't enough of them.
"They came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to build modern America -- men and women whose everyday lives of duty, honor, achievement, and courage gave us the world we have today."