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 was a generation united by common values - by duty, honour, ...Read MoreIn 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 was a generation united by common values - by duty, honour, courage, service and love of family and country. Here 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 ex-President 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. 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. And you'll meet Martha Putney, one of the first black women to serve in the newly formed WACs. In the spirit of Band of Brothers, The Greatest Generation tells the stories of ordinary men and women caught up in extraordinary events - individuals united by a common purpose - working, living and dying in the service of their country.Read Less
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This book captures the feelings, attitudes and values of a very special generation of Americans. Each amazing story is about an ordinary American who in the face of great peril, went on to do something extraordinary
Mar 20, 2008
This is a book I have wanted to read for some time. The subject matter was very interesting and informative and I am glad I purchased a copy. I would recommend it to others.
Oct 4, 2007
An appropriate title.
A very balanced history of the effects of war upon the human heart. The author brings togehter the two sides of the conflicts, home and abroad. Each contribution and interviews meld the two sides into one human effort and its impact on each other. An exellent story of our history made even more credible by the presentation. Very gripping , could not put the book down
Jun 29, 2007
A Nostalgic Look at the Men of the 1940s
I originally bought this book for my dad, a WWII Coast Guard veteran who served in the South Pacific on a freighter which carried supplies for the American troops, from New Zealand to the various South Pacific Islands. His ship blew up and sank in the New Solomons with only a few survivors shortly after he returned stateside. I had done a memory book for him a few years ago of his Coast Guard years and thought he would enjoy reading about his peers. There was one chapter about an individual who wrote about the time he spent in the New Solomons. The book is written with deep respect and pride in the achievements of those men who served during WWII. It is a wonderful tribute to those men, such as my father who gave up years of their lives to serve their country...the kind of respect unfortunately denied to those who served in other conflicts beginning in the sixties.
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