A Long Way from Home by Tom BrokawReflections on America and the American experience as he has lived and observed it by the bestselling author of The Greatest Generation, whose iconic career in journalism has spanned more than fifty years
From his parents’ life in the Thirties, 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.
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The three hosted their networks' flagship nightly news programs for over 20 years, and all three started and retired or died, in Jennings's case within a year of each other. Brokaw has also written several books on American history and society in the 20th century. He is the author of The Greatest Generation and other books and the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Brokaw, founded the town of Bristol, South Dakota , and the Brokaw House, a small hotel and the first structure in Bristol. Brokaw's father was a construction foreman for the Army Corps of Engineers.
Linda Vester had a reputation for covering tough stories. In a series of interviews with Variety conducted over several months, Vester alleged that Brokaw physically tried to force her to kiss him on two separate occasions, groped her in a NBC conference room and showed up at her hotel room uninvited. Two friends who Vester told at the time corroborated her story with Variety , and she shared her journal entries from the time period. Brokaw, who has been married to Meredith Auld since , has never before been publicly accused of sexual harassment. She comes forward at her own expense and at her own peril. By her being willing to go on the record, perhaps this will embolden other brave women to tell their stories.
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Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Personal: Birth date: February 6, Father: Anthony Orville "Red" Brokaw, construction foreman. Mother: Eugenia "Jean" Conley Brokaw, post office clerk. Marriage: Meredith Auld Brokaw August 17, present. Children: Sarah, ; Andrea, ; Jennifer,