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Tom Brokaw

Author of The Greatest Generation

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About the Author

Tom Brokaw, a native of South Dakota, graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in political science. He began his journalism career in Omaha & Atlanta before joining NBC News in 1966. Brokaw was the White House correspondent for NBC News during Watergate, and from 1976 to 1981 he show more anchored Today on NBC. He's been the sole anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw since 1983. Brokaw has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including two DuPonts, a Peabody Award, and several Emmys. He is the author of the bestselling books "The Greatest Generation" and "The Greatest Generation Speaks". He lives in New York and Montana. (Publisher Provided) Tom Brokaw, born February 6, 1940, is a television journalist and author best known as the anchor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004. He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Brokaw is the author of The Greatest Generation (1998), The Greatest Generation Speaks(1999), An Album of Memories(2001), A Long Way from Home: Growing Up in the American Heartland (2002), Boom!: Voices of the Sixties Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today (2007), and The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation about America - Who We Are, Where We've Been, and Where We Need to Go Now, to Recapture the American Dream (2011). He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Brokaw is the only person to host all three major NBC News programs: The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and, briefly, Meet the Press. He now serves as a Special Correspondent for NBC News and works on documentaries for other outlets. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Tom Brokaw

The Greatest Generation (1998) 4,790 copies
American Character: A Photographic Journey (2009) — Foreword — 9 copies

Associated Works

One Nation: America Remembers September 11, 2001 (2001) — Foreword — 843 copies
To Hell and Back (1949) — Foreword, some editions — 547 copies
My War (1995) — Foreword — 381 copies
Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty (2003) — Contributor — 323 copies
Galen Rowell: A Retrospective (2006) — Foreword — 77 copies
Blue Dog Man (1999) — Foreword — 74 copies
In Their Name (1995) — Contributor — 62 copies
Life: The '60s (1989) — Introduction — 60 copies
Poorer Richard's America: What Would Ben Say? (2010) — Foreword — 52 copies
Operation Iraqi Freedom: The Insider Story (2003) — Foreword — 44 copies
LIFE with Father (1995) — Introduction — 44 copies
Big Sky Cooking (2006) — Foreword — 41 copies
In Praise of Nature (1990) — Foreword — 28 copies
Be the Change! Change the World. Change Yourself. (2006) — Foreword — 25 copies
Barack Obama: The Official Inaugural Book (2009) — Foreword — 25 copies
Wildlands Philanthropy: The Great American Tradition (2008) — Foreword — 20 copies
9/11: The World Speaks (2011) — Preface — 20 copies
Best That I Can Be (1998) — Introduction — 17 copies
River Reflections: An Anthology (1984) — Contributor — 17 copies
The Whisper of Stars: A Siberian Journey (1988) — Foreword — 10 copies
The Gang of Eight (1985) — Introduction — 10 copies
Bill France Jr.: The Man Who Made Nascar (2010) — Foreword — 9 copies
Cache: Creating Natural Economies (2010) — Foreword — 7 copies
KTLA's News at Ten: 60 Years with Stan Chambers (2008) — Introduction — 7 copies
Tapestry of Life (2001) — Foreword — 5 copies
Neil Leifer: Portraits (2003) — Introduction — 5 copies


1960s (60) 20th century (61) 9/11 (107) America (68) American (67) American history (357) art (43) autobiography (63) biography (328) culture (27) essays (27) first edition (29) Great Depression (62) hardcover (58) history (1,186) journalism (52) Large Print (38) letters (71) memoir (218) military (125) military history (83) NF (52) non-fiction (827) own (52) personal narratives (30) photographs (32) photography (87) politics (78) read (51) terrorism (37) to-read (245) Tom Brokaw (48) U.S. History (34) unread (50) US history (76) USA (95) veterans (32) war (171) World War II History (32) WWII (996)

Common Knowledge

Legal name
Brokaw, Thomas John
Webster, South Dakota, USA
University of South Dakota (BS|Government|1964)
news anchor
television presenter
Auld, Meredith Lynn (wife)
Brokaw, Sarah (daughter)
NBC News
Howard University
Norton Simon Museum
American Museum of Natural History
International Rescue Committee
American Academy of Arts and Sciences (show all 7)
Council on Foreign Relations (board member)
Awards and honors
Peabody Award
Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism (x2)
Emmy (x7)
National Headliner Award (1990)
Dennis Kauff Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism (1995)
Lowell Thomas Award (1995) (show all 20)
University of Missouri–Columbia School of Journalism Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism (1997)
Television Academy Hall of Fame (2006)
Fred Friendly First Amendment Award (1998)
American Legion award for distinguished public service in the field of communication (1998)
Citizens' Scholarship Foundation of America's President's Award (1998)
Congressional Medal of Honor Society's "Tex" McCrary Excellence in Journalism Award (1999)
Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2005)
Four Freedoms Medal: Freedom of Speech And Expression (2005)
Washington State University Edward R. Murrow School of Communications Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting Award (2006)
Sylvanus Thayer Award: United States Military Academy at West Point (2006)
Walter Cronkite Award for Journalism Excellence at Arizona State University (2006)
Horatio Alger Award (2007)
Honorary Doctorate (x20)
Phi Beta Kappa



Pretty good collection of stories about WW2 veterans & women. Not the great book I was expecting.
derailer | 42 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |
Good stories of war generation.
kslade | 42 other reviews | Jan 9, 2024 |
Gave me much to think about. I'm glad my generation has been spared these many trials buy fire.
BBrookes | 42 other reviews | Dec 5, 2023 |
Tom Brokaw recounts the stories of a number of people, both ordinary and famous, who served in the military during World War II, or who served in some capacity on the home front. The stories tell of what they did during the war and also go on to tell of their accomplishments after the war and how their war experience played a role in those accomplishments. Many of them learned discipline and leadership skills that were instrumental in their success. While celebrating the bravery and heroism of Americans during the war, Brokaw does not overlook America's flaws. He includes a chapter on the (mis)treatment of minorities including African-Americans and Latinos and the forcible relocation of Japanese Americans to internment camps. The book provides a good insight into that generation of Americans. I thought it was an interesting book.… (more)
atozgrl | 42 other reviews | Sep 30, 2023 |



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