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Andreé Garnett AndersonEnglish 3 Honors 9 August 2017″The Greatest Generation” By Tom BrokawThe book “The Greatest Generation” gives us an example of how the world used to be in the 1900s. It tells us all the problems that the US was facing in the late 1920s, Between the war and the stock market crashing the US had to deal with a lot of situations. As the years passed by the US tried to get back to the country that it once was, but they knew that nothing would ever be the same. The book discusses how different people dealt with the same situation but had different responses. The political system that they had in the 1920s wanted everyone to participate in the war because they thought if you had nationalism and wanted to fight for your country then you were an American.Main Topic The main topic in this story was war and how many people were killed and injured and how it affected their lives and the people around them. In the book Brokaw mentions a lot of people who have affected his life and told their stories. One man named Thomas Broderick was 19 when he first entered the military, “not because the government wanted him to join but because he was looking for something to challenge him”, at first he didn’t know which branch to join because he wanted ont to fit his adventure lifestyle (Brokaw 18). A captain wanted to give Broderick the rank of a Sergeant but he had declined his offer because he didn’t want to go the safer route. After finishing combat Broderick became blind; Even though Broderick was blind he still lived his life like always and encouraged people live their best life even though they had a certain disability.As the book continues Brokaw talks about D-Day a surprise attack on the north coast of France that has gone down in history. The invasion was very risky due to the weather, General Dwight Eisenhower wrote a statement taking full responsibility for the failure of the invasion, but never released it. Charles O. Van Gorder was an important person during D-Day, he was an U.S Army Medical Corps who helped save many lives that day. He spent thirty-six hours awake to help wounded young americans. Van Gorder decided to go rest and headed back to his tent, after another surgeon offered him hot chocolate he went back to get some. Right after Van Gorder left his tent, a German bomb demolished his tint. Van Gorder says that it is one of the many times that he has escaped a disaster that involved in him nearly getting killed.Brokaw mentions a lot of people in this book to make it more as a tribute to them than just a story,  Brokaw picks the people who were life like heros who helped us get to a certain place where we are today. He chose certain people to give us an example of their bravery and even on their lowest day they still tried to make it the best. Those certain people went through the Great Depression suffering and thinking whether they will be able to feed their family or not and they could’ve hid from fighting in the war but they chose not to. As the years went by more and  people began to enter the war even the young wanted to be apart of something worth life changing.When you continue to read the book Brokaw also listed some famous who were also in the war like for example; President George Bush, and Arthur Buchwald. During time in the Military George Bush had to read the personal letters of other military men to make sure any secret plans were given out. Bush says that it was an “duty but truly an honor” to help serve in the military (Brokaw 276). Arthur “Art” Buchwald joined the military to get away from his situations and problems at home, “Buchwald persuaded a street drunk to forge his own father’s signature” (Brokaw 287). Both Bush and Buchwald were determined to accomplish things in life, Bush ran for president and won, and Buchwald was one of the writers for “The Washington Post”.The book also doesn’t just talk about men who helped joined and contributed their life to the military but, there were also lots of woman who wanted to make a change. There was an program called the “Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC)” that helped women’s who wanted to participate in the military join. One of the famous womens that joined to help was Mary Hallaren, before joining the military Hallaren was a school teacher and she had 3 brothers that helped served in the army. Hallaren was a person who loved adventure and traveling, so one day she went to Munich for a visit and by her surprise she was at an Hitler rally, back in the thirties Hitler wasn’t very much known for his word or soon to come actions, so as any normal person Hallaren didn’t worry much about Hitler’s speech.ConclusionAs a conclusion Brokaw did a really good job with helping bring attention to the Great Depression and the people who suffered by sharing their stories that everyone can read so that they can get to know the people who helped fight for our independence and victory in the US. From my opinion, I have learned a lot and imagined how difficult it was for those certain people to make it through the deepest and darkest time in America.


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