by James DickersonJune, 2001
Tom Brokaw, who grew up in the 1940s and '50s, found a renewed appreciation for his parents' generation when he covered the 40th and then the 50th anniversary of D-Day. That appreciation took form in two best-selling books and audios celebrating The Greatest Generation. Now, he treats us to a third, An Album of Memories (abridged) made possible by the outpouring of personal responses he received after his first books were published. These are the stories of history as it was lived by ordinary people during the Great Depression and World War II, stories that need to be heard, with lessons that need to be learned. Brokaw sets each scene in historical perspective, from those dismaying Depression days, through the war in Europe and the Pacific, to the heady years that followed. The men and women who lived through them recount the memories of glory and grief, of harrowing times and of hard-won triumphs. Read by a full cast of performers, these reflections broaden Brokaw's fine portrait of that Greatest Generation.