An Album of Memories: Personal Histories from the Greatest Generation 4. The stories and the lessons have emerged from long-forgotten letters home, from reunions of old buddies and outfits, from unpublished diaries and home-published memoirs As the stories in this album of memories remind us, it truly was an American experience, from the centers of "I cannot go anywhere in America without people wanting to share their wartime experiences As the stories in this album of memories remind us, it truly was an American experience, from the centers of power to the most humble corners of the land.
Photographs and time lines also commemorate important dates and events. A black nurse tells of her encounter with wartime segregation. Other members of the Greatest Generation describe their war--in such historic episodes as Guadalcanal, the D-Day invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, and Midway--as well as their lives on the home front. Starting with the Depression and Pearl Harbor, moving on through the war years in Europe, in the Pacific, and at home, this unique book preserves a people's rich historical heritage and the legacy of a nation's heroism in war and its courage in peace--in the shaping of their lives and of the world we have today.
Paperback , pages. Published April 30th by Random House Trade first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about An Album of Memories , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jul 28, Koren rated it really liked it Shelves: Tom Brokow has written several books about the Greatest generation- men and women who came of age during World War 2. After writing the books, he received many letters from people telling of their experiences during the war.
This book is a collection of those letters. I found the longer letters were more interesting than the shorter ones. Some were real tear-jerkers and it made me sad to think that there aren't many left from that generation. This book was written 17 years ago so probably most o Tom Brokow has written several books about the Greatest generation- men and women who came of age during World War 2.
This book was written 17 years ago so probably most of the wonderful people that wrote these letters are gone. I would recommend reading the other Greatest Generation books before this one.
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Aug 15, Jesseca Wheaton rated it it was amazing. I'm now obsessed with getting these sort of books for research. So many small details included in the letters from men who were overseas are just astounding!
Also, they cover many other things non-fiction books about the war seem to overlook, and it's a first-hand account. You can't get much better than that!
Found parts of this book very interesting and enjoyable. Bought the book because of the author's name and I have to admit, I'm a little disappointed. This was a fantastic book. Current generations should read this book and Tom Brokaw's other book "The Greatest Generation" so they can learn about the mindset of that generation and try to emulate it. The morals, ethics, patriotism, values and sense of responsibility for self they held seem to be missing in today's generations. Mar 11, Mimiprice rated it really liked it. Inspirational and heartwarming with a little heartwrenching thrown in for good measure.
These letters to Tom Brokaw after he wrote "The Greatest Generation" contain so many personal stories of sacrifice and heroism. May 25, Marsha rated it liked it. Thought of my Dad while reading. He fought in WW2 in the Italian Campaign. Jul 14, Lisa rated it it was amazing. Feb 25, Leanna rated it really liked it.
While reading this book, I made the passing acquaintance of a nearly year-old man. This put him at the same age as my father had my father still lived , likewise a WWII vet. I was born post-war, and my own dad never discussed his war-time experiences. This man, now a rare survivor, became a surrogate for my absent dad. I asked him all I could think of without overwhelming him. What a day it became for me! Reading this book was much While reading this book, I made the passing acquaintance of a nearly year-old man.
Reading this book was much like my experience that day Voices of that time and those many places. It will remain with us as a last legacy when those voices are stilled. For those who did not have, as I did, an upbringing nurtured by members of that generation, you especially should read this book, to hear those voices. I commend it to you with a full heart. A collection of letters and remembrances that were touching to read and gave a more personal look into this wonderful group of people who lived through a very tough time period and not only survived, but thrived.
Mar 09, David Chabot rated it it was amazing. I didn't read the book description before starting to read it but then I got pleasantly surprised. This book is basically an assemblage of personal letters sent to the author about his two previous books on the greatest generation. The author wrote about the WW2 generation and people felt compelled to thank him for it and share insights on his stories.
It was truly humbling to read about the generation that gave so much and asked so little in return. It makes me wonder how we got to the point we I didn't read the book description before starting to read it but then I got pleasantly surprised. Many still bear the pain of their wounds today. Nightmares continue to haunt the dreams of many others. Yet most have spared their families the full horror of that experience. Brokaw's books, we can better imagine some of what it might have been like.
My Dad was pretty open about many of his experiences in the Eighth Air Force, but every so often a new one slips out. I suspect that even in these stories we are getting a censored version of what the actual experience was like. Dad did share the number of times that Luftwaffe bombs blew up part of his barracks while he was sleeping there and obliterated his sleeping area when he was away on leave. What he remembered most searingly were the horrors of the shot-up crews returning from bombing runs over Europe especially when they crashed in a ball of flames and officers committing suicide by jumping off the top deck of his ship on the way home.
As a youngster, I was terribly surprised and thrilled when former president Eisenhower came through our hometown and recognized my father in the crowd at the train station, and called Dad by name and rank. We had no inkling that Dad had met the president. Dad's response was simply that he had met a lot of the top brass, but he never told us any of their names. Our family was lucky. My parents met because of the war, so my life was immeasurably influenced for the better.
None of my father or mother's families were killed or physically injured in World War II. One uncle did experience shell shock as a teenager in the Battle of the Bulge, and had to avoid stressful situations for the rest of his life. From this book, I was able to imagine what it was like for families that were not so fortunate. I was surprised to see that many of the veterans and their families had never been back to the battlegrounds and cemetaries.
I asked Dad a number of years ago if he wanted to go back. He said he didn't care if he did or not a typical Greatest Generation answer , but my Mother did. So my wife and I gave them a trip to England as a present. They had a ball, and saw many of the old sights.
An Album of Memories: Personal Histories from the Greatest Generation
My Mother said that it seemed to do him a lot of good to see things back in peaceful circumstances. But there was no way that we could presuade him to go to France or Germany on the trip. He gave no reason. I suspect that the pain of the memories of those he had known who had died om bombing runs over that territory would have been too great for him. Since then, I have attended a reunion of Dad's old unit, and was pleasantly surprised to see how much the men care for each other.
I don't know of another man my father was ever close to after World War II, but here were dozens he knew well and liked. It was a side of him that I had never seen. This book contains many memories like these. Often written by family members, the introduction then puts letters from the veteran into evidence at the court of history for us to experience.
You will be powerfully moved by the stories of sacrifice whether from being POWs, lack of supplies, discrimination, or the chilling experience being exposed to grave danger , loss families losing their only child, wives losing husbands after just becoming pregnant, and veterans losing their buddies , and willingness to serve great efforts to volunteer when too young or too old, to volunteer for tough duty, and trying to help all and sundry. One of the most powerful for me was the description of the horrors of a concentration camp that was considered well kept by the Nazis in order to make a good impression on the Red Cross.
Most moving for me was the sense of forgiveness that many veterans felt towards their former enemies. If you know someone who served in World War II whether a family member or not , I hope you will consider giving them this book and saying "thank you. If they will share, why not ask them if they would be willing to let you make copies of old letters and memorabilia so that you can send them to Mr.
An Album of Memories: Personal Histories from the Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw
In this way, we can capture more of what happened then, honor these wonderful people, and pass on their legacy to generations yet unborn. May the best and most important of these memories live forever! A great anthology of stories and memories that bring the lives of the Greatest Generation back to life. Captured on audio cassette, the narration by Brokaw is poignant, and the stories exceptional, touching and thought provoking. The humility of the persons profiled relative to their contributions are an inspiration to the "look at me" mentality prevalent today. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.
I just love the way Tom Brokaw writes and since he's one of a handful of the best of the best journalists left anything he writes, I read Everything he writes!! This book was no exception. The book flowed from his memories about his family life to the War.
Great book for anyone who like auto-biographies and biographies! I like Tom Brokaw so much as many people do that I thought this would make a nice gift for a cousin from the 'era' who experienced the war I'm not sure those who have want to view photos from it that aren't theirs however Many interesting stories from those that lived them in this era. Happy to add it to all my other Tom Brokaw and other World War 11 books and videos. For the future reading. Just wanted copies for my personal library. I found out about this book a month ago, and I read it.
Only reason why I bought it, was because I was doing family history research and was looking for some of my great uncle Walfred Williams military information and history. I came across this in a Coal City History review. My grandfather passed away in October so I could not talk to him. I had to call the last one standing in the family from that time and my great aunt was not sure if Betty was Walfred girlfriend or not.
I bought the book and it was! I just ordered it for her to read.
I just wish I could get in touch with Bettys family to see if there were any other pictures for my father to see or any old letters. See all 30 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 1 year ago. Published on August 13, Published on May 7, Published on September 11, Published on June 28, Published on March 16, Published on March 11, Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.
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