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The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw
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Dec 20, 11

did not like it
bookshelves: history
Read in January, 2005

I was sadly disappointed in this book, I expected much more. I've found the work by Steven Ambrose and Ken Burns on the WWII generation fascinating and inspiring, but Greatest Generation comes up short. Brokaw's writing was stiff and lifeless, often reading like a high-school student's book report. The book seems to focus on quantity over quality. The short vignettes on each individual never really give the reader much time to appreciate the person or their story. And Brokaw seems to finish each section by reprimanding the current generation for how much lazier and useless they are. A missed opportunity. The content is incredibly interesting, but not in this form. For anyone with an interest in the WWII generation, watch or read Steven Ambrose's "Band of Brothers", or watch Ken Burn's: "The War".
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