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

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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
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Published May 23rd 2006 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 2006)
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Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Is There a Better Book You Can Buy for Father's Day for a Father (yours, your children's, your brother, your best friend)?
No, but I Welcome You to Try to Prove Me Wrong

I bought and read this book, put together by the late Tim Russert, not long after it was originally published about a month before Father's Day 2007. At the time my kids were 8. I needed the book like the grass needs the Sun and the rain. I was as deeply impacted by this book as any non-fiction I have ever read; I have never l
Tim Hanlon
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am actually published in this book...a story about my dad. What a thrill!
Nov 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Scott Dinsmore
Jul 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Erica Clou
I guess I got this book by accident thinking it was the other Tim Russert book about his father. This is a book of letters about lots of random people’s fathers and reads like chicken soup for the soul. It wasn’t a great use of my time.

All of the stories aren't necessarily happy either. Some of the letters are about very unideal fathers. I had a biological father who wasn't involved in my life, nor did he contribute child support. I also had a stepfather who was an amazingly involved father and
Jul 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 father. I
Traci Sherlock
Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
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.
Kevin Keating
Some of the letters about fathers from their kids were really good. Others were meh. I am a big fan of Tim Russert and it's especially poignant that he died not long after the book was published. I'm sure it will strike everyone differently. I liked the fact that he put the letters into categories. ...more
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bob Mitchell
Dec 08, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Ricardo Suranta
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book on a heap of discounted, used books in one of the malls in Jakarta. The title promises wisdom, and I bought it hoping that I could learn some. I know my naive self needs wisdom more than I've ever been, and boy this book gave them - only in an unexpected way.

As the title points out, this book consists of lessons and memories from daughters and sons across of the United States. Divided by a certain theme, the contents of each chapter brought too much emotion for me. I was planni
Hope Irvin Marston
I concur wholeheartedly with the comment on the book jacket that reads, "Heartfelt, humorous, engaging, irresistibly readable, and bound to bring back memories of unforgettable memories with our own fathers."
The lessons and letters vary in length and sentiment, but they all touch the emotions. They are divided into twenty categories, so you can pick the book up and read a chapter or two between other jobs. But you'll be drawn back to the book, and you will want to read certain entries aloud to
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
After writing his book about his father, Tim Russert received thousands of letters from people detailing their own relationships with their fathers. This book is a compilation of just a small amount of those letters, with his own thoughts and feelings intermixed.

As someone who did not have the best relationship with her own father, I found myself moved by most of the letters and stories. I found myself sniffling at times and other times experiencing almost a envious or jealous anger that these f
I should have read this while playing Plablo. Nevertheless, a good book.


"Setbacks are just opportunities to rethink your position."

"Grief is the price we pay for love."

"Love people for who they are and forgive them for who they are not."

In the old days people born out of wedlock had the word illegitimate stamps on their birth certificates.

"Losing doesn't build character it reveals it."

"If you got something you didn't work for, then someone worked for something they didn't get."

"Not eve
Brent M
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Collection of letters from sons & daughters about their fathers broken into categories. If you're a feeling person you will be touched by so many of the stories. Found myself wondering where my stories or rememberances about my dad would fit. Tim's introduction to each category set the perfect stage to prepare the reader. I especially liked the last two sections of how children felt about their dad and sayings of dads. ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable follow-up to the late "Meet the Press" host's book on his father, " Big Russ and Me." It was compiled from letters written to Russert from people who read his book about their fathers. Some are short, some are long, some are touching, some are funny. The letters are interspersed by commentary and memories from Russert, who reads the audio book himself. ...more
Jennifer Robb
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like stories about fathers
Recommended to Jennifer by: S. Robb Smith
My mom found this book on the book exchange rack at her library. It's a sort of follow up book to Russert's book about his father. Many people sent him stories about their fathers after reading his book. Some of those stories are compiled here. There are many and you should find at least one to touch your heart. It made me miss my dad and my stepdad. ...more
Kyle Carroll (i_fucking_love_books)
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. Nonet... ...more
Mark Kelley
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even years after his death I still desperately miss Tim russert's view on modern politics and life in general. this book however is a collection of stories sent to Tim over the years regarding fatherhood and what it's like to be a good father. ...more
Ashley Hobgood
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I had read this book out of curiosity. I enjoyed reading this book because of the amazing stories about dads and/or guardians who stepped up. I loved the honesty and raw emotion. I thought the book was well written. It is a must read.
Jason Bangerter
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I’ve ever read. Makes me want to be an even better dad.
Michael Hood
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Touching book that puts life into perspective and makes me want to be a better dad and son.
Mark Robeson
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tear jerker if you looked up to your grandparent or parent. Love it.
Bonnie Krauss
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a compilation of letters from sons and daughters, describing their fathers. I thoroughly enjoyed every page!
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The stories get repetitive. Very little depth or progression. You could skip the last 150-200 pages and not miss much.
Hard to finish, got bored with the book. Inspirational stories. I guess the book has more weight if your a parent or grandparent.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Touching book about being a father. Brought tears in a few places. I miss Tim Russert in the political commentary. He was grounded.
Amy Dance
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Because my dad read it 1st, & he is also very wise...
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t benefit from reading this incredible collection of letters from folks about their fathers. Some were even from those who never knew them.
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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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