The red and blue striped book cover spine of The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw has been staring at me from my bookcase for years. This Memorial Day weekend, I decided it would be a good time to pull the book off the shelf at long last.
Many of my readers may be familiar with the book. It gained great media attention when published in 1998, fourteen years after the forty-year anniversary of D-Day. The book highlights the lives of many servicemen and women whose enduring sacrifices before, during, and after World War II shaped our nation and the world.
I think this book is one which should be included in high school history classes across our nation, because it is written on a deeply personal level and filled with first-hand accounts of the war by the people who landed on Omaha Beach amid their mortally wounded friends and relatives, crashed in gliders in the farm fields of France behind enemy lines, and fought to survive in POW camps. Brokaw also shares stories of people on the home front who contributed to the war effort.
This is a priceless history book which stands as a beacon of heroic patriotism to us all. Truly these men and women were “the greatest generation“. I give it 50 stars.
Soldier Boy, is another great book you may like to read. It was written by a friend of mine, George Zak. George was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and the book tells of his experiences in a German POW camp.