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The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America

Brokaw, Tom

Published by Random House, New York, 2011
ISBN 10: 1400064589 / ISBN 13: 9781400064588
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Title: The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About ...

Publisher: Random House, New York

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good +

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Edition: First Edition.

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First edition, stated; first printing, full number line. Signed by the author on a "Government Affairs Forum" bookplate on the front endpaper: "Tom Brokaw." Book is unmarked; spine slant; corners sharp, spine ends bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $26.00); edgewear to spine ends; small crease to back panel; Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 007484

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Synopsis: 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.
 
?What happened to the America I thought I knew?? Brokaw writes. ?Have we simply wandered off course, but only temporarily? Or have we allowed ourselves to be so divided that we?re easy prey for hijackers who could steer us onto a path to a crash landing? . . . I do have some thoughts, original and inspired by others, for our journey into the heart of a new century.?
 
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 offer 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 won 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. Offering ideas from Americans who are change agents in their communities, in The Time of Our Lives, Brokaw gives us, a wise, honest, and wide-ranging book, a nourishing vision of hopefulness in an age of diminished expectations.

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Featured: A Letter from Tom Brokaw

My fellow Americans,

When you hear that phrase from a politician, does it seem insincere or anachronistic? Wouldn't it be more honest if they said, "My fellow members of the Divide America club"? For that seems to be the objective these days across the political spectrum--divide, not unite.

For almost a half century I've been reporting on American politics, the American culture and the American dream. I don't remember a time when there was so much anxiety about our common values, vision, and legacy.

So, in The Time of Our Lives I set out to reflect on how we got here, how we may emerge from our current frustrations, and how much we owe future generations. It's at once a personal book, written from the perspective of my working class roots, journalistic background, and the lessons I learned in writing an earlier book--The Greatest Generation. I also wrote this book as a grandfather who felt a certain urgency about providing my grandchildren the same choices and opportunities I had.

You 'll meet a lot of familiar people--President Obama and Rush Limbaugh among them--but the real lessons come from ordinary Americans, past and present, who love their country and worry it has lost its greatest asset: its ability to make this immigrant nation stronger than its many parts by working together.

I begin with a simple question: what happened to the America I thought I knew? I end with an enduring lesson from the American wilderness. In between I encourage everyone to re-enlist as citizens and join me in a conversation about who we are and where we want to go.

I hope you'll join our discussion.

--Tom Brokaw

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