The Greatest Generation Speaks

  • by Tom Brokaw
  • Narrated by Tom Brokaw, a supporting cast
  • 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"I first began to appreciate fully all we owed the World War II generation when I was covering the fortieth and fiftieth anniversaries of D-Day for NBC News. When I wrote in The Greatest Generation about the men and women who came out of the Depression, who won great victories and made lasting sacrifices in World War II and then returned home to begin building the world we have today - the people I called the Greatest Generation - it was my way of saying thank you. I felt that this tribute was long overdue, but I was not prepared for the avalanche of responses touched off by that book. "Their children and grandchildren were eager to share the lessons and insights they gained from the stories they had heard about the lives of a generation now passing on too swiftly. They wanted to say thank you in their own way. I had wanted to write a book about America, and now America was writing back. "Some of the letters were written from the front during the war, or from families to their loved ones in harm's way in distant places. There were firsthand accounts of battles and poignant reflections on loneliness, exuberant expressions of love, and somber accounts of loss. "If we are to heed the past to prepare for the future, we should listen to these quiet voices of a generation that speaks to us of duty and honor, sacrifice and accomplishment. I hope more of their stories will be preserved and cherished as reminders of all that we owe and all that we can learn from them." - Tom Brokaw


What the Critics Say

"Extremely powerful...a healthy reminder of the foundations on which American society is built." (
"The stories are emotional, and Brokaw comes through with appropriate pathos." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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Not for everyone

The first mistake that I made was in that I thought that I purchased The Greatest Generation and instead I got this. After I got over the disappointment of my mistake I listened to this and it was interesting but not mind blowing in any way. Some stories are more telling of the time than others. I kind of got tired of the same readers relaying different stories and actually there are so many stories that they really started to blend. I am somebody who is VERY interested in hearing my father's stories and is fascinated by this generation but listening to hours and hours of 'ok' stories didn't make for great entertainment for me. Perhaps I would have liked it more as it was intended (a follow-on to the original book) but I don't think so.
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- Sean


My husband and I found this book tedious and did not finish listening to it. The characters showed bravery, but were not interesting. The storytelling seemed flat to us.
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- Robert A. Lerner

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-29-2001
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks