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The Time of Our Lives: Past, Present, Promise
November 4, 2011
About the Author – Tom Brokaw the author of five bestsellers: Boom!, The Greatest Generation, The Greatest Generation Speaks, An Album of Memories, and A Long Way from Home. A native of South Dakota, he graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in political science. He began his journalism career in Omaha and Atlanta before joining NBC News in 1966. Brokaw was the White House correspondent for NBC News during Watergate, and from 1976 to 1981 he anchored Today on NBC. He was the sole anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw from 1983 to 2005.
Brokaw will continue with NBC News for the next ten years, reporting and producing 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.
About the Book – Tom Brokaw, blockbuster author of The Greatest Generation and recent New York Times bestseller Boom!, on American life and the American dream, past, present, and future, as experienced by four generations of his and other American families.
Tom Brokaw's mother grew up on a farm in South Dakota during the Great Depression. Now ninety-three years old, she remembers horse-and-buggy trips into town to buy blocks of ice. Like many of their generation, by the 1950s, the Brokaws had an easier life. They valued family, hard work, faith, thrift, moderation, and community. The generation of Tom's grandchildren, born into the great prosperity of the late twentieth century, has almost the opposite kind of life and expectations. Now, the idea that each generation will enjoy more than the last has been discredited. So where do we go from here?
In this wonderful book, Tom Brokaw writes about where we have been, where we are now, where we ought to go, and how we can get there, through stories of four generations in his family and other families. How we can make the most of our time here, in our families, in America, and on this planet–that is to say, the time of our lives.