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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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2006)
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Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 loo
Scott Dinsmore
Jul 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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. 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
Nov 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
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!
Jul 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Traci Sherlock
Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
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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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