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Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  1,069 ratings  ·  163 reviews
What does it really mean to be a good father? What did your father tell you, that has stayed with you throughout your life? Was there a lesson from him, a story, or a moment that helped to make you who you are? Is there a special memory that makes you smile when you least expect it?

After the publication of Tim Russert’s number one New York Times bestseller about his father...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2006)
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Kerry
Dec 24, 2007 Kerry rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who has/had a father worthy of praise of any kind
This book was a very enjoyable read--I laughed, I cried and I learned a few things, too. Although I always knew MY DAD was the BEST dad in the world :-)), it was nice to hear about others that shared that title! The historical perspective the stories offer is very interesting and help explain why some men respond the way they do in relationships. Understanding this could certainly put a different spin on things as many had concluded in the book. I fortunately never had to wonder whether my dad l...more
Tim Hanlon
I am actually published in this book...a story about my hero...my dad. What a thrill!
Scott Dinsmore
Why I Read this Book: The importance of a father and his lessons can never be appreciated enough. This reminded me of how grateful so many of us should be.

Topics Covered:

* The importance of family and relationships
* Showing gratitude and appreciation
* Removing negative emotions

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Few of us know a stronger or more unique bond than that with our fathers. As I read through this book, I experienced just about every emotion on the map from happiness to sadness to gratitude to excitement and ev...more
Jeanne
A compilation of letters people sent in response to his earlier book "Big Russ & Me", these stories are funny, sad, poignant and heart-warming. The chapters are grouped by theme or topic, such as Baseball, The Protector, and Missing Dads. Tim Russert's charm comes through in his introductions to each section.

I took a long time reading this book because I found myself reacting very emotionally to so many of the stories. I found myself reflecting on my own imperfect relationship with my fathe...more
Bob Mitchell
Dec 08, 2009 Bob Mitchell is currently reading it
Tim has created 21 categories of people's comments about their fathers. If I had written mine, they would fall into the "Forgiveness" chapter. Surprisingly, most are very well written - perhaps well edited by Random House's editor. I laughed and I cried. Many articles amazed me by their love or lack thereof of their fathers. All in all, a very interesting view of intra-family relations.
Arun
Short glimpses of ordinary fathers who impacted their sons and daughters - a mostly positive look. Told by the sons and daughters as adults looking back. Very touching stories. Taught me the importance of being there, listening, and leading with your actions. RIP Tim Russert. Hard not to compare the stories in this book with the stories of your own father.
Traci Floyd
What an inspiring book! I adored this book. The letters from children about their fathers were very touching. My favorite quote was on page 112 and it was "Grief is the price we pay for love." I will save this book to reread when I feel sentimental about my own parents.
Trevor Mottishaw
Being a life long Republican I was a little leary of reading this book, however it was excellent and I would recommend it to everyone.
Bart Breen
Looks Sappy, but it's Not!

I admit. I was given this book for Father's Day and when I looked at it, I immediately had a slight tinge of remorse that the family had not gone for the tacky tie instead.

Then I opened the book and read it ... in one sitting.

I had not read Russert's book on his own father and so I was prepared for a little "Chicken Soup" for the Father's soul kind of thing.

I was pleasantly surprised.

This book is a great resource. I read it not as a son, reminiscing about my own Dad, (w...more
Tamra
Aug 26, 2010 Tamra rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Saps, who can't seem to get over their need to have a dad
This book is filled with little short memories from children about their fathers. I believe some of these kids must have been on an acid trip while gathering their memories. Okay, I'm sorry, I'm sure there were no acid trips involved. But, perhaps a little reality got skewed along the way, which led to a little gagging from me, from time to time. Nobody's father is perfect. Sorry, it just happens to be the truth. But then again, how would I know?
Although, I have to say, there were some storie...more
John Wiswell
Wisdom of Our Fathers is a sentimental book. It's a series of letters from people fondly remembering aspects of their fathers. These are often one-dimensional and/or overly forgiving due to sentimentality. It's not a great book of insight into parenting, and no letter makes an amazing statement on what all fathers must do. But by avoiding pretention, Russert's collection benefits from sentimentality. After all, there is nothing wrong with sentimentality, even though it's loathed in so many liter...more
Peg
Had this book on a list of books to read but hadn't gotten to it yet. I recently learned that twin daughters fought over who should give their Dad a kidney. The recipient Dad was a high school friend who had undergone a heart transplant. When I heard that the relationship between these daughters and their Dad was covered in Russert's book I moved it to the top of my list. Russert's writes beautifully and the moving stories of relationships between fathers and children are to be admired.
Jill
Got this book for free--wouldn't have picked it up otherwise. But I ended up really liking it. The stories were so touching. I'm going to pass it to my dad for father's day. In this era of broken families, it was great to read about so many wonderful fathers and the impact they have on lives. Fathers really do matter. The different entries listed the son or daughter's occupation and their father's occupation--it struck me that many of these sons and daughters had white-collar jobs, while their f...more
Spudsie
Aug 28, 2008 Spudsie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who is a father or has a father
I had a hard time trying to figure out how to rate this book. In fact I almost didn't rate it--but that's not fair to the author or to any of the letter-writers featured in it.

This was a very difficult book for me to read. For a number of reasons. 'nuff said.

Tim Russert wrote brief introductions for each section/category of letters. Here's what he wrote at the beginning of "Hands (and Feet)"

"Just as I used to focus on my father's hands Luke used to focus on mine. When he was little, at least onc...more
Marty
A delightful and heart-warming read. Russert's first book about his father generated such a huge response that he took some of the stories that folks shared with him about their fathers after reading his book, and made them into a second book.
Judy
This was a wonderful and heartwarming compilation of stories of the relationships between fathers and their sons and daughters. A companion piece to Russert's testimonial to his father, he said he was moved to write this book after receiving an avalanche of letters from readers who wanted to tell him about their fathers. This was the result. I have a complicated relationship with my father, but this book made me think about the good parts of him and that helped us improve things between us. I wo...more
Andrea
I almost forgot about this one but an absolutely lovely, at times heart wrenching book. One of my favorites. It's compromised of all letters from sons and daughters to their dads. Some dads are still living and others gone..It's not about your dad being special but just unique.. to you. Take the good with the bad. When reading the letters you can definitely relate to some of the writers,their descriptions and characteristics of their dads. Tim Russert seems like such a good, down to earth man..a...more
Mary Hamilton
Very positive and uplifting to read about all of the stories written by the sons and daughters of ordinary dads.
Gin Tadvick
I got this book right after Tim Russert died and put it on my TBR (ToBeRead) shelf. But when it came up in rotation to be read, my father had just passed and I couldn't read it. So fast forward two years and I decided to read this compilation of tributes to fathers, dad and step-dads. I am glad that I did. So many of the tributes reminded me not only of my dad but also my god-father and father-in-law and even my husband. I read several tributes to my daughter and we laughed and cried over them t...more
Joann
With Father's Day around the corner, and looking for something to read, I picked this book off my husband's shelf...it had been a Father's Day gift a few years ago. I was always a Tim Russert fan from his Meet the Press days and I vividly remember being sadly struck by his untimely, sudden death a few years ago.

This book doesn't disappoint. It is a great collection of letters and thoughts about fathers from readers of Russert's Book "Big Russ and Me."
Broken down into thematic sections, the boo...more
Christine
lots of nice stories written to Tim Russert after he published his book about his own father, Big Russ. People sent in stories praising their own fathers.
Michael
This is a very touching collection of stories celebrating fathers and their wisdom, wit, and laughter. Some of the stories made me tear up in the car while listening, particularly those where the father goes to incredible lengths to show his love for his kids. Another story I remember is of a Dad who insisted his white daughter go to the birthday party of an African American girl in her class when none of the daughter’s friends would go. The book gave me some ideas for how to better love my own...more
Peter Mayeux
Dec 31, 2011 Peter Mayeux rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who appreciates the human condition
I'm motivated to read Tim Russert's first book that profiled his father, Big Red.

WISDOM OF OUR FATHERS is a charming collection of letters and comments from readers about their fathers. Russert offers an overview of each collection. The letters allow some expression of individuality but there is also a clear consistency in sttyle and tone provided by careful editing.

It is unfortunate Tim Russert died soon after this book was published. I think he had several other touching memoir/biographical...more
Shannon
I really enjoyed it in print, but it's even better as an audiobook. It's a fabulous anthology demonstrating what it means to be a good father to one's child(ren) and others. There are many touching vignettes from sons (including Russert) and daughters concerning experiences with their fathers or father-figures. Some letters are quite sad but all are uplifting, such as one story of a son whose father was a substance abuser but the son was still able to learn and grow from this relationship. It's...more
Rita K
My spouse and I listened to the audio version of this book on our first six week trip in our rv. I had expected it to be pretty sentimental, but it surprised me by including many remembrances that were not treacle. Since I do not remember my own dad as he died when I was very young, I relied on my husband and his memories of his father to gauge this book. And as I was a fan of Tim Russert, I was happy that I enjoyed the book. He was always my favorite part of "Meet the Press" and I still miss hi...more
Brian
Wow, what a book. I "read" this on CD while commuting and Tim Russert (RIP) reads the intros and endings to the chapters. The rest of the "book" is read by voice actors who do a fabulous job. I don't have much emotion usually running through my veins but this book brought tears of joy, laughter, sadness and purpose to my eyes on several occasions. It has directed me anew to work towards becoming a better father to my children and a better son to my parents. Highly recommended.
Shirleen
Very uplifting and heartwarming collection of stories of fathers written by their sons and daughters and compiled by Tim Russert from Meet the Press, who recently died. There are lots of lessons to be learned from these little snippets, not only for fathers, but for people in general who want to make a difference in peoples' lives. I loved reading these, some made me laugh, some brought tears to my eyes, some made me stop and think about what I want to be remembered for.
JC
A book full of stories about fathers and how their children are grateful for all they did for them. I read this book straight through pretty quickly and really enjoyed hearing about how people are able to see the great things that really changed their lives. Typically, the things are just the small simple things that fathers did on a regular basis. I'd highly recommend this book as a gift to your father along with your own story about how your father changed your life.
Steve
A friend and colleague gave me a copy of this book a week or two after my father passed, and I read it while I composed a eulogy to be given the following month [as I type these words I'm still working on the eulogy]. The power in this collection of short pieces is in their ordinariness, and through it the news that love, respect, and formative experience is grounded for most of us in simple acts of loyalty, decency, attentiveness, and sacrifice. (Thanks, AR...)
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Timothy John Russert, Jr. was an American journalist who had hosted NBC's Meet the Press since 1991. He was the Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News, and hosted Tim Russert, a weekly interview program on MSNBC. He was also a frequent correspondent and guest on other NBC News programs, such as The Today Show and Hardball. He co-hosted the network's presidential Election Night coverage. He also pres...more
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