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An Album of Memories: Personal Histories from the Greatest Generation
by Tom Brokaw
â€œI 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stories and the lessons have emerged from long-forgotten letters home, from reunions of old buddies and outfits, from unpublished diaries and home-published memoirs....As the stories in this album of memories remind us, it truly was an American experience, from the centers o ...more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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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!
Jan 05, 2013 Cheryl rated it liked it · review of another edition
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.
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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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.
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.
May 06, 2015 Hannah rated it it was amazing
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.
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 ...moreMore about Tom Brokaw...