The Greatest Generation
ISBN: 0 8129 6521 3 / 0 8129 7529 4
Contributor: David Stubblebine
Review Date: 15 May 2011
This book had been in print for ten years by the time I read it for the first time. Those who described the book back then as a pivotal book of its time were right.
While World War II was one of the central characters, to be sure, The Greatest Generation is not about the war. The book is about the Americans who grew up in the Great Depression, came of age during the war years, and then came out of that experience to build their nation into the most thriving and prosperous society the world has ever known. As such, the book is largely an American story; written about Americans and for Americans.
Within this framework, Tom Brokaw demonstrates his superb storytelling abilities by re-telling the individual stories of several members of the Generation from all corners and all walks. He chronicled each of their stories from childhood, through the war, and how those experiences shaped their adult lives. From how these people lived their lives, several qualities shared by all of them emerged fairly conspicuously: a sense of service over self, commitment to family, love of country, sense of community, and a common moral code. These things, along with their wartime experience that anything is possible if the nation pulls together, led these people to come out of the war and lead their nation forward to greatness.
The subjects Brokaw chose to showcase may have done something as seemingly ordinary as raising a family and promoting local Little League Baseball, or they may have done something as seemingly grand as going to Congress and sponsoring landmark legislation, and all points in between. All together, once they made their nation safe in 1945, they went on to make their nation great - from the grass roots up.
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