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A Long Way from Home

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Reflections on America and the American experience as he has lived and observed it, by the bestselling author of "The Greatest Generation."
Paperback, 233 pages
Published September 30th 2003 by Random House Trade (first published January 1st 2002)
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Kathy Stone
Oct 19, 2014 Kathy Stone rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-the-library
This is a great autobiography of a famous broadcaster as he is growing up in South Dakota. He always was a fair reporter of the news without much of the commentary which viewers get today and it may be because he did not grow up with a sense of entitlement. The only entitlement he had was being born a white male. In today's climate that may be all a person needs to be entitled, but this story is pre-Civil Rights. His father was s hard-working laborer without any formal schooling. His mother did ...more
Jeni Enjaian
Jan 16, 2013 Jeni Enjaian rated it really liked it
A review from my old blog...

Having read Brokaw's Greatest Generation books I knew that I would not have to suffer from a pedestrian writing style. On the other hand I didn't know what exactly to expect in autobiography.

I was pleasantly surprised.

Brokaw frames his own story in the historical background of the area in which he grew up, his parents and the nation as a whole. Being the history lover that I am I appreciated Brokaw's sense that all of his major accolades as the anchor of NBC news was
Aug 10, 2012 Lois rated it it was amazing
This is a really good read about Tom Brokaw's literal and mental trip back to South Dakota home ground where he was born and raised. He gives a historical and descriptive analysis of what made South Dakota what it is today, and the people who settled it, and it's present day population. He makes the point well that he doesn't want to go back and live there, because his life has taken him to much broader horizons, and he's lived in New York a very long time. That is home to him, and yet,his South ...more
Jun 07, 2016 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a South Dakotan, I enjoyed A Long Way from Home far more than I thought I would. In this geographical memoir of the state he grew up in, former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw tells an entertaining story of growing up in South Dakota.

Brokaw lived in Northeast (Webster and Bristol) and Southeast (Pickstown, Yankton and Vermillion, where he attended the University of South Dakota) parts of the state and the book gives the reader a flavor of what it was like to grow up in those communities du
May 26, 2014 Clint rated it liked it
Now 12-year-old memoir of the then-NBC news anchor. Interesting look at the 40s and 50s in a still rural South Dakota and has a good chapter of how the young college student had to be brought up short to get his act together. In that, he seems more like the everyman than in the sort of odd chapters he spends on explaining his liberal guilt of being a white male and how things were so much worse for women, blacks and American Indians at the time. At one point, within a couple of pages, he reminds ...more
Oct 15, 2015 Gayle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Brokaw; I liked him as an anchor, I liked him as an historian in Greatest Generation, and I like him as s memoirist. My copy of this is dog-eared with inspirational narrative descriptions and stories.
Aug 21, 2015 J.S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography-memoir
I picked this up because I had a long commute and it was about the only thing that looked interesting in the library's collection of audio books on CD. What I found was surprisingly charming and entertaining. Mr. Brokaw gives us a biography of who he is, and starts out with his ancestors. He tells how they came to South Dakota, what was important to them, and how that eventually affected him. He includes proper historical setting for the events he relates and in some cases the reasons behind the ...more
I actually rather liked this. The first half of the book isn't even about Tom Brokaw; it's mostly about the economic and political landscape of South Dakota that resulted in his family settling there. And it's probably this homage that he maintains throughout the book that resulted in it being South Dakota's offering for Most Famous Novel Set in Each State. Even the blurb about the typeface has a small-town self-effacing feel to it.

Criticisms of Tom Brokaw's earlier books being simplistic and w
Pat Jorgenson Waterchilde
Apr 27, 2016 Pat Jorgenson Waterchilde rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Always respectful of Tom Brokaw and having read The Greatest Generation I could readily identify with his narrative. He defines his life growing up in South Dakota during the 1940's and 1950's. Raised in a middle class family, nurtured by hard work and a strong moral upbringing, brings a perspective to this world renowned news broadcaster that the reader readily understands. Enjoyable, well written, easy to read book
Sep 09, 2015 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, biog
Ever since I read Brokaw's The Greatest Generation I've liked him. I thought I'd read this memoir of his early life in S. Dakota and it wasn't bad, but I feel it had too much of an apologist tone to it. Sorry for the fact he grew up in a world that was full of racism whether to Native Americans or blacks and he was a white bread white boy who had the whole world ahead of him. For the most part it was a quick read and a short book but felt the latter part rushed. Concentrated mostly on his parent ...more
Jul 19, 2015 Debra rated it it was amazing
Ends up Tom and I have more things in common than just growing up in the Midwest! Really great auto-biography and information about his growing up in South Dakota and his downfall at the University of Iowa in the big city of Iowa City! I never thought of Iowa City as the big city while I was living there, but since he was from small town South Dakota, I understand.
Ruthie Sellers
May 11, 2016 Ruthie Sellers rated it liked it
sorry Tom Brokaw, but you were a saint and a boy scout even as a kid. I kept hoping for some kind of drama or scandal and you really didn't have any until college where you *GASP!* drank been and skipped class! however, your strong family background gave you a stellar career and when I think of the news, it is you and your voice I hear, just like my parents generation heard Walter Cronkite.
Nov 11, 2014 Debbie rated it liked it
This was an interesting read. I enjoy learning how people choose their profession, whether by luck or perseverance I find it interesting to read about. Also, I find the ties to the land, climate and people that shaped our growing up years never diminishes.
Aug 16, 2013 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed hearing Tom Brokaw's broadcasts, with his easy neighborly style, so when I saw his biography on a friend's bookshelf, I naturally asked to borrow it. The story begins with his parents and takes you step by step through Tom's growing years in South Dakota.

I found his style conversational and thorough. It made me like him more and definitely helped me get to know him.

I am glad to say that he has written another book (that is also on my friend's bookshelf) called the Greatest Gener
Jul 24, 2014 Melanie rated it it was amazing
A tale of living the American Dream - a young man makes his way from a poor, hardworking, South Dakota family to fame a fortune. He worked hard, used his intellect, and had family support. We'll written and engaging.
Jan 14, 2015 Mike rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. A great read about Tom Brokaw, one of our generation's Walter Cronkite, growing up and coming of age in the world of journalism
Beth Neu
Aug 13, 2014 Beth Neu rated it really liked it
Interesting to learn the background and upbringing of such a public and well-respected journalist. Thanks for sharing your story, Tom.
Beth Olson shultz
May 20, 2014 Beth Olson shultz rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
A quick read, but very good. Loved his South Dakota memories. (My family roots are in the same area of South Dakota.) I am glad I finally read this book.
Devonne West
Feb 25, 2015 Devonne West rated it liked it
It was interesting to learn about Tom Brokaw and of the Midwest values that helped shape the person he is.
Oct 17, 2010 Danielle rated it it was amazing
I thought that it was a very interesting book because both of my parents are from South Dakota. Both of my grandparents still live there so we go there alot. In fact we just got back from my grandpa's farm. The book gave alot of good history about South Dakota. It also gave a good history about Tom Brokaw's childhood, how he grew up and his collage years at the University of South Dakota and University of Iowa. Then it talked about how he worked his way up to be the anchor of NBC News. I would r ...more
Theresa Malloy
Mar 10, 2016 Theresa Malloy rated it liked it
Shelves: by-journalists
Slow read and interesting because he has Minnesota ties. Not my favorite memoir.
Keith Slade
Jul 14, 2015 Keith Slade rated it really liked it
Good account of his early life. Boy from working class family in South Dakota eventually makes good!
Mar 14, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it
I wish this audiobook hd been read by the author.
Holly Ristau
Jan 27, 2014 Holly Ristau rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book! I think Tom Brokaw's early life was very interesting and his book was a good platform for discussion at our book group.
Jun 29, 2011 Steph rated it liked it
My Dad gave me this to read. I forget why. But memoirs are my guilty pleasure, so I devoured it in about two days. Brokaw's book traces the first twenty-odd years of his life (in the 1940's and 50's) in South Dakota. Even though he can be a pompous ass at times (which he acknowledges) it was a pretty engaging book. The strong parts are when he describes the purely desolate environment of his boyhood. Although, continually juxtoposing those deprivations to his now cushy lifestyle is gratuitous an ...more
Aug 21, 2008 Charlie rated it liked it
Skillfully Brokaw has culled the details of a long distinguished life and made it a personal conversation with the reader. It is very readable and about everyday events of his life growing up before starting his career in major television. At first it seemed mundane and dull and I wondered how he tolerated it, let alone me in the reading; but I grew fascinated and began to identify with my own life- being about his age. I was particularly fascinated with his return to Dakota to see his Indian fr ...more
Jan 28, 2016 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Interesting for baby boomers.
Kathy Carman
An interesting areas. Discusses Mr Brokaw's life childhood to first job after college.
Nov 29, 2009 Brian rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable book for me, although probably not for everyone. I could relate to Mr. Brokow's experiences as he described growing up in middle America in the post WWII era. Brokow is about 13 years or so older than me, but the fact that my parents went through the Depression and then served during WWII, gave me some common ground with him.

I first listened to this book and, when I realized the Audio version is abridged, I took it out of the library and read through the parts I missed, whi
Carol Whitley
Oct 03, 2014 Carol Whitley rated it it was ok
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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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