Monday, July 20, 2015

TOM BROKAW: PROUD AMERICAN



Those of us who grew up locally may remember when Tom Brokaw was on a local news channel. He went on to do national news and became a trustworthy network anchor. In 1998 Mr. Brokaw proved his talent was not just for television when he wrote a history called The Greatest Generation. His book lent a name to an entire generation of Americans and started a literary career of writing bestsellers, all of which the Monrovia Public Library owns. 
 
The Greatest Generation is about the men and women who fought abroad and served on the home front during World War II. With separate chapters devoted to different vets, spouses and workers, Brokaw shows how these war heroes who performed with such bravery and skill did the job they were assigned without drama or complaint and in the process helped win the war. Also fascinating is how Brokaw shows the heroes to be ordinary citizens, living private lives, before and after the war. Follow up books include The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters and Reflections and An Album of Memories: Personal Histories from the Greatest Generation.

Tom Brokaw wrote his own story in A Long Way From Home: Growing Up in the American Heartland in the Forties and Fifties.  Although he left his small town in South Dakota he writes about what it meant to grow up there and how it and the influence of his parents always affected his life. 

Brokaw’s newest book is A Lucky Life Interrupted, a memoir which tracks his diagnosis, and treatment and remission for multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood. Ever the great newsman, he explores the cancer in detail, but he also shares his frustrations and reluctance to think about his own mortality. All Tom Brokaw’s books are easy-to-read and understand. They are great for individuals and book groups.

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