The Time of Our Lives by Tom Brokaw
A conversation about America

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5 Critic Reviews

Legendary broadcast journalist Brokaw assumes an avuncular tone to discuss America's past, present, and future (the latter designated as "promise").
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Who we are, where we’ve been, and where we need to go now, to recapture the American dream
 
Now with a new Foreword by the author.
 
“The best presentation of the challenges facing the country—and the possible solutions—I've ever seen.”—P. J. O’Rourke
 
Tom Brokaw, known and beloved for his landmark work in American journalism and for the New York Times bestsellers The Greatest Generation and Boom!, now turns his attention to the challenges that face America in the new millennium, to offer reflections on how we can restore America’s greatness.
 
Rooted in the values, lessons, and verities of generations past and of his South Dakota upbringing, Brokaw weaves together inspiring stories of Americans who are making a difference and personal stories from his own family history, to engage us in a conversation about our country and to share ideas for how we can revitalize the promise of the American Dream. Inviting us to foster a rebirth of family, community, and civic engagement as profound as the one that helped win World War II, built our postwar prosperity, and ushered in the Civil Rights era, Brokaw traces the exciting, unnerving changes in modern life—in values, education, public service, housing, the Internet, and more—that have transformed our society in the decades since the age of thrift in which he was raised. In offering ideas from Americans who are change agents in their communities, Brokaw gives us a nourishing vision of hopefulness in an age of diminished expectations.
 
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“Inspiring tales of how people from different walks of life have found ways to be of service to their communities and country.”—Walter Isaacson
 

About Tom Brokaw

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Tom Brokaw is the author of five bestsellers: The Greatest Generation, The Greatest Generation Speaks, An Album of Memories, A Long Way From Home, and Boom! A native of South Dakota, he graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in political science. He joined NBC News in 1966, serving as the White House correspondent during Watergate and anchoring Today on NBC from 1976 to 1981. He was the sole anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw from 1983 to 2005. He continues to report for NBC News, producing award-winning long-form documentaries and providing expertise during breaking news events. Brokaw has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including two DuPonts, a Peabody, and several Emmys. He is a regular contributor to the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and to Time, Newsweek, and Men's Journal. He lives in New York and Montana.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Random House. 320 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Cooking. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Nov 01 2011

An ever-upbeat message from the well-connected yet modest veteran journalist.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Oct 24 2011

Legendary broadcast journalist Brokaw assumes an avuncular tone to discuss America's past, present, and future (the latter designated as "promise").

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Star Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by Kevin Duchschere on Nov 05 2011

...the former NBC news anchor diagrams what's wrong with the country and how to fix it. Education reform, he says, is a silver bullet every bit as important to the nation's progress now as civil rights was in the 1960s.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Penelope Farthing

Readers should not be surprised if they come around to believing, as Brokaw does, that the concept of American exceptionalism should not be dismissed as a dusty anachronism.

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The Times-Picayune

Excellent
Reviewed by The Associated Press on Oct 31 2011

It's a valuable contribution to the national discourse and may just inspire some readers to go out and make a difference.

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