Tom Brokaw

The Greatest Generation

By Non-Fiction | Random House

Published October 5, 2000 8:57PM (EDT)

Beginning his career in Omaha and Atlanta before joining NBC News in 1966, Tom Brokaw was the White House correspondent for NBC News during Watergate, and from 1976 to 1981 he anchored Today on NBC. He has been the sole anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News since 1983 and has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including two DuPonts, a Peabody Award, and several Emmys.

In 1984 Tom Brokaw went to France to make a documentary marking the 40th anniversary of D-day. Although he was thoroughly briefed on the historical background of the invasion, he was totally unprepared for how it would affect him emotionally. Flooded with childhood memories of World War II, Brokaw began asking veterans at the ceremony to revisit their past and talk about what happened, triggering a chain reaction of war-torn confessions.

After almost 15 years and hundreds of letters and interviews, Brokaw wrote "The Greatest Generation," a representative cross-section of the stories he came across. This collection is more than a mere chronicle of a tumultuous time, it is a history made personal by a cast of everyday people transformed by extraordinary circumstances: the first women to break the homemaker mold, minorities suffering countless indignities to boldly fight for their country, infantrymen who went on to become some of the most distinguished leaders in the world, small-town kids who became corporate magnates. From the reminiscences of George Bush and Julia Child to the astonishing heroism and moving love stories of everyday people, "The Greatest Generation" salutes those whose sacrifices changed the course of American history.

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