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An Album of Memories: Personal Histories from the Greatest Generation

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“I cannot go anywhere in America without people wanting to share their wartime experiences....The stories and the lessons have emerged from long-forgotten letters home, from reunions of old buddies and outfits, from unpublished diaries and home-published memoirs....As the stories in this album of memories remind us, it truly was an American experience, from the centers o ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 30th 2002 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published 2001)
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Jesseca Wheaton
Aug 15, 2016 Jesseca Wheaton rated it it was amazing
I'm now obsessed with getting these sort of books for research. So many small details included in the letters from men who were overseas are just astounding! Also, they cover many other things non-fiction books about the war seem to overlook, and it's a first-hand account. You can't get much better than that!
Found parts of this book very interesting and enjoyable. Bought the book because of the author's name and I have to admit, I'm a little disappointed.
Mar 11, 2017 Mimiprice rated it really liked it
Inspirational and heartwarming with a little heartwrenching thrown in for good measure. These letters to Tom Brokaw after he wrote "The Greatest Generation" contain so many personal stories of sacrifice and heroism. Wonderful read.
Feb 25, 2016 Leanna rated it really liked it
While reading this book, I made the passing acquaintance of a nearly 100-year-old man. Through conversation, I learned he was a veteran of WWII. This put him at the same age as my father (had my father still lived), likewise a WWII vet. I was born post-war, and my own dad never discussed his war-time experiences. This man, now a rare survivor, became a surrogate for my absent dad. I asked him all I could think of (without overwhelming him). What a day it became for me!
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Jun 16, 2011 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
An Album of Memories: Personal Histories from the Greatest Generation had many different points of view on the "Greatest Generation", mostly regarding the time of the Great Depression and WWII. A collection of letters and remembrances that were touching to read and gave a more personal look into this wonderful group of people who lived through a very tough time period and not only survived, but thrived.
David Chabot
Mar 09, 2016 David Chabot rated it it was amazing
I didn't read the book description before starting to read it but then I got pleasantly surprised. This book is basically an assemblage of personal letters sent to the author about his two previous books on the greatest generation. The author wrote about the WW2 generation and people felt compelled to thank him for it and share insights on his stories. It was truly humbling to read about the generation that gave so much and asked so little in return. It makes me wonder how we got to the point we ...more
Nov 24, 2008 Martha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those that desire to learn about World War II
Recommended to Martha by: Found it myself
Brokow does an amazing job of weaving all the parts of World War II together- from the Depression to Pearl Harbor, the War in Europe, War in the Pacific, The Home Front and the ending- but in letters from people involved in each area- a true album of stories that is easy to read from the lives of people that lived them.
Such a bittersweet book in complement of the Greatest Generation, which I have not read yet. It certainly reminds you of all who risked their lives for our country. I wish I could thank every one of them, including the ones who didn't make it home.
Sean Evans
An Album of Memories: Personal Histories from the Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw (2001)
Feel good history/journalism from Tom Brokaw the television journalist's P.O.V.
Aug 16, 2015 Marianne rated it it was amazing
We all talk about what is wrong in today's society. Read this and take a look back and learn from it. I'm afraid we're forgetting this history and there are so many lessons in it.
Decent book. It was mostly left over letters from people writing in after they read The Greatest Generation. However there are some good letters. Typically the longer the letter the better.
Scott Whitney
Nov 07, 2009 Scott Whitney rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read this year. It made me think of my grandfather who was in the war, and my time in Baghdad.
Jim Swike
Jul 07, 2013 Jim Swike rated it it was amazing
Pretty much a complement book to the Greatest Generation. If you like the Greatest Generation, you will like this book.
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Aug 09, 2007 Julie rated it liked it
I"m currently reading this, but I am not worried that I will be disappointed. I love Tom Brokaw and enjoyed his first two books.
Sep 11, 2015 pianogal rated it liked it
This one went pretty dark. I felt like a lot of these correspondents in this one had major traumas as a result of the war. Hopefully being involved with this project helped them.
May 08, 2009 Readstoomuch rated it it was amazing
I am a lover of letters written by most anyone ... and I loved these letters written to Tom Brokaw from this collection of WWII vetrans. This book is very inspirational and contains much history.
Nov 17, 2016 Kristen rated it liked it
I love love love reading about personal stories from WWII but I lost interest in this fairly quickly. Read like a textbook, just couldn't get through it.
Jun 03, 2012 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Getting better as I get through the book. I definitely want to finish it now!
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Thomas John Brokaw is an American television journalist and author, previously working on regularly scheduled news documentaries for the NBC television network, and is the former NBC News anchorman and managing editor of the program NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. His last broadcast as anchorman was on December 1, 2004, succeeded by Brian Williams in a carefully planned transition. In the later ...more
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