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The Time of Our Lives: A conversation about America

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Who we are, where we’ve been, and where we need to go now, to recapture the American dream
Now with a new Foreword by the author
“The best presentation of the challenges facing the country—and the possible solutions—I've ever seen.”—P. J. O’Rourke
Tom Brokaw, known and beloved for his landmark work in American journalism and for the New York Times bestsellers The Great
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2011)
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Clif Hostetler
The Time of our Lives provides observations from an experienced sage of current affairs. Listening to the audio edition of this book was similar to sitting across a coffee shop table listening to an extended commentary about life from an erudite and enlightened observer.

Tom Brokaw is close enough to my age (he’s 6 years older) that I could identify with most of his sentiments reflecting on past life experiences. If we were in a real two-way conversation I would have had a few retorts, occasiona
Nov 07, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was so horribly disappointed in this book. I grew up watching Tom Brokaw on Nightly News every single night for years and years. I like him as a journalist, and thought that with all of those many years of studying politics, cultures and the like, maybe he'd have some good things to say about our future as a generation and a nation. But no. The vast majority of the "solutions" he suggests I believe to be very misguided. His chapters on education almost made me physically ill... I had to read t ...more
Jen Kilpatrick
Dec 21, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'd say this book was a huge disappointment, but that would imply that I had expectations. I'm not sure why I picked it up. I suppose the only excuse I have is that Cracker Barrel's selection was struggling. I prefer to listen to non-fiction while driving, and there were only 3 options. Anyway...chapters 1 & 2 were so boring I almost turned it off, but chapter 3 was about education so I kept listening. At the end of the book, I can honestly say I have no idea what it was really about. He tal ...more
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry to say that I was deeply disappointed in this book. I always respected Brokaw as a journalist and thought The Greatest Generation was one of the most spot on books I've ever read. I'm sorry to say that I found this examination of where we are and where we are going as a country to be over-simplified, condescending and borderline insulting in it's assumption of the readers lack of intelligence. I am getting very tired of people who will never have a financial worry in their lives (read ...more
Donna Hines
I'd start by saying we are only as good as the system and government that governs our actions . Our current system is severely broken in every way. Todays system of governing favors the wealthy and forgets the lower class . Mistakes from higher ups are now being absorbed by the middle class ie bank bailouts, WallStreet, housing market fall out. Our middle class is now almost obsolete in 2016. We need to take a serious look at our government, our policies, procedures, laws, our history, our agend ...more
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A Review of the Audiobook

Published in 2011 by Random House Audio
Read by the author, Tom Brokaw
Duration: 7 hours, 8 minutes

I picked up this audiobook in the hopes that former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw would be offering some in-depth analysis on a wide range of issues. After all, the cover promises to look at "Who we are, where we've been and where we need to go now to recapture the American Dream."

Instead, we get a lot of amiable reminiscing about Brokaw's family, his early career, and
This was full of so many solid principles on a variety of topics. I loved it. Plus he mentioned GIS! It doesn't get any better than that.

I'm becoming a fan of Tom Brokaw. I like his writing style and his topics. He also seems, to me, pretty unbiased. Once again he calls for political friendliness which is badly needed in this day and age. However, I think the only thing that will help us head in that direction will be nothing short of a catastrophe. He's a supporter of the military and he points
Stan Lanier
I've never been a Brokaw fan, but I have respected him over the years. Never has his context as a privileged member of American society been made so clear to me as the voice and perspective in this reflection. I don't understand this penchant to ascribe equivalence between the Tea Party and figures such as Keith Olbermann. I suppose in his role as elder statesman as to the state of America, Brokaw thinks he has to adopt a "balanced" voice. I'd much rather an ACCURATE voice. Neither does his love ...more
Emily Mishler
Aug 25, 2012 rated it liked it
I won a copy of this book through a goodreads giveaway.

I really enjoyed Brokaw's new book. He brought to light many salient points about the social and political scene in America today. Brokaw gently pointed out the failings of both ultra conservatives and ultra liberals in an inoffensive manner, chiding both sides for their sometimes hypocritical and often hostile behavior, especially towards each other. I particularly enjoyed the section on the dotcom age. While most of his points are hardly n
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, audio-cd
A great book by one of the great news people/reporter/authors in American history. I listened to this as an audio, so I liked that it was his voice to his book. I read some of reviews that were negative suggesting he is out of touch, that he doesn't see a bright future for America for various reasons, his reporting on facts on some politicians, etc. Well people, most of what he said is true. The education system in America is screwed up and it needs fixing. The Dem's and Rep's usually can' agree ...more
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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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