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A Long Way from Home - Growing Up in the American Heartland-logo

A Long Way from Home - Growing Up in the American Heartland

Tom Brokaw

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Reflections on America and the American experience as he has lived and observed it, by the bestselling author of The Greatest Generation. In this beautiful memoir, Tom Brokaw writes of America and of the American experience. From his parents' life in theThirties, on to his boyhood along the Missouri River and on the prairies of South Dakota in the Forties, into his early journalism career in the Fifties and the tumultuous Sixties, up to the present, this personal story is a reflection on America in our time. Tom Brokaw writes about growing up and coming of age in the heartland, and of the family, the people, the culture and the values that shaped him then and still do today. His father, Red Brokaw, a genius with machines, followed the instincts of Tom's mother Jean, and took the risk of moving his small family from an Army base to Pickstown, South Dakota, where Red got a job as a heavy equipment operator in the Army Corps of Engineers' project building the Ft. Randall dam along the Missouri River. Tom Brokaw describes how this move became the pivotal decision in their lives, as the Brokaw family, along with others after World War II, began to live out the American Dream: community, relative prosperity, middle class pleasures and good educations for their children. "Along the river and in the surrounding hills, I had a Tom Sawyer boyhood," Brokaw writes; and as he describes his own pilgrimage as it unfolded-from childhood to love, marriage, the early days in broadcast journalism, and beyond-he also reflects on what brought him and so many Americans of his generation to lead lives a long way from home, yet forever affected by it. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

3h


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:34


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:19


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:00


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:39


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:33


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:59


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:33


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:45


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:35


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:59


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:55


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:08


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:44


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:51


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:12