The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America

Tom Brokaw. Random, $26 (320p) ISBN 978-1-4000-6458-8
Legendary broadcast journalist Brokaw assumes an avuncular tone to discuss America's past, present, and future (the latter designated as "promise"). Addressing issues from lackluster education, military mindsets, public service, digitalization, and engaging anecdotes encountered during years of reporting, he also presents his and his wife's family histories in engaging fashion. The format meticulously frames perceptions of modern challenges versus simpler times and urges a proactive stance. Of America's leadership class, he writes: "We have too few of those voices these days." In the educational race with other nations, he suggests regionalizing college opportunities: "Consolidation is a logical place to begin." Brokaw (The Greatest Generation) strongly encourages advocacy groups for wounded veterans and suggests that although "mandatory public service may be a hard political sell…bold, new initiatives are in order." (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/24/2011
Release date: 11/01/2011
Genre: Nonfiction
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Hardcover - 170 pages - 978-0-679-64392-0
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