ABOUT THE BOOK
The Greatest Generation gives deep insight into the heroes and events of the Second World War, told from the point of view of American heroes, but no less educating and objective. Ideal for history lovers and students.
In this magnificent testament to a nation and her people, Tom Brokaw brings to life the extraordinary stories of a generation that gave new meaning to courage, sacrifice, honor. From military heroes to community leaders to ordinary people, he profiles men and women who served their country with valor, then came home and transformed their nation: Senator Daniel Inouye, decorated at the front, fighting prejudice at home; Martha Putney, one of the first black women to serve in the newly formed WACs; Charles Van Gorder, a doctor who set up a MASH-like medical facility in the middle of battle, then came home to open a small clinic in his hometown; Navy pilot George Bush, assigned to read the mail of the enlisted men under him, who says that in doing so “I learned about life.”
And there are more, all seasoned by a time of tragedy and triumph. To this generation who gave so much and asked so little, Brokaw offers eloquent tribute in true stories of everyday heroes in extraordinary times.
“Full of wonderful, wrenching tales of a generation of heroes. Tom Brokaw reminds us of what we are capable of as a people. An inspiring read for those who wish their spirits lifted.”
—General Colin L. Powell, USA (RET)
—The Wall Street Journal
“Written with love and grace… A book I will keep forever on my shelves.”
—Frank McCourt, author of ‘Tis
“Heartfelt … a sweeping tribute to Americans who saved the world. It offers welcome inspiration.”
—The Washington Times
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