Wisdom of Our Fathers

  • by Tim Russert
  • Narrated by Tim Russert, Joseph Buttler, Marc Cashman, Susan Denaker, Kathe Mazur, Arthur Morey, Staci Snell
  • 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 #1 New York Times best seller about his father, Big Russ & Me, he received an avalanche of letters from daughters and sons who wanted to tell him about their own fathers, most of whom were not superdads or heroes but ordinary men who were remembered and cherished for some of their best moments, of advice, tenderness, strength, honor, discipline, and occasional eccentricity. Most of these daughters and sons were eager to express the gratitude they had carried with them through the years. Others wanted to share lessons and memories and, most important, pass them down to their own children. This book is for all fathers, young or old, who can learn from the men in these pages how to get it right, and to understand that sometimes it is the little gestures that can make the big difference for your child. For some in this book, the appreciation came later than they would have liked. But as Wisdom of Our Fathers reminds us, it is never too late to embrace it. From the father who coached his daughter in sports (and life), attending every meet, game, performance, and tournament, to the daughter who, after a 15-year estrangement, learned to make peace with her difficult father just before he died, to the son who came, at last, to appreciate the silent way his father could show affection, Wisdom of Our Fathers shares rewarding lessons, immeasurable gifts, and lasting values.

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What the Critics Say

"Once again, Russert celebrates the relationship between fathers and their children in this heartwarming book." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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Memories I wish I had.

I don't have memories of my father but I find it very easy to live through the memories of the stories told in this book. As I approach becoming a father for the first time at 44 I find myself urning for the closeness of these stories. I pray that my son or daughter will have the respect for me because of the way I raised them, This book is helping become the father I always wish I had.
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- Rick

a nice listen

With stories ranging from heart warming to heart breaking, Mr. Russert shares his readers relationships with their fathers. "Chicken Soup for the Soul" readers should find this and enjoyable listen.
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- Marv

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-26-2006
  • Publisher: Books on Tape