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

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  1,325 ratings  ·  169 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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2006)
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Kyle Carroll
I enjoyed this book for the most part. It was interesting reading stories of fathers and families, and their struggles and happiness. We live in such a different world now, most of the entries in this book took place in the 50's through the 80's, and that was a totally different generation. Nonetheless, it was a very good read.

The only thing I didn't like was the authors reflections before each chapter. It seemed like he was trying to name drop every famous person he had ever met, and acted like
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


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
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 dad. What a thrill!
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
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.
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
Like it less than Big Russ & Me which I read years ago. The vignettes got a bit boring. I did enjoy reminising about my dad at first.

Baseball games at the Cleveland stadium because I got straight A's. Every year just me and my dad went and he'd trade in the upper deck tickets for about $3 each and got us box seats.

Also watching him shave with soap in a mug and his 2 sided safety razoe.

On Saturday mornings he'd give me $1 to walk over to the delicattesen to buy comic books at 12 cents each. w
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
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
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.
Joshua Guest
After Tim Russert's book Big Russ and Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life about his father became a best-seller, Russert received a flood of letters from everyday Americans who had meaningful memories relating back to their fathers, both good and bad. I spent several moments on the couch with my family reading these stories out loud. Ironically, I often caught myself ignoring my own children's petitions to play with them because I was so captivated in reading this book full of lessons in being a ...more
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
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
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.
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
Just a great book. The stories and letters made me laugh and cry. It made me think about my own dad and how lucky I am that he is still here at age 90.
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
With Father's Day around the corner, and looking for something to read, I picked this book off my husband's 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
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.
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
Awesome book. So inspiring and motivating. A great read. I highly recommend.

Becky Davis prophet
It was interesting to read about the relationships of kids and dads. I really enjoyed it.
Not as good as I was expecting; not as many tearful moments. Letters from sons and daughters expressing what their fathers brought to their lives.
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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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