Books: Role Models

Paying tribute to a generation of survivors

Anchors aweigh! A few weeks ago it was ABC's Peter Jennings with The Century, a stately, pre-millennium cruise through the past 100 years. This week NBC's Tom Brokaw launches The Greatest Generation (Random House; 390 pages; $24.95), an effusive tribute to the men and women who, tempered by the Depression and World War II, went on to build the prosperous society that their children and grandchildren take for granted.

Brokaw, 58, begins his story close to home, honoring his father Anthony ("Red") Brokaw, who was posted to an Army ordnance depot in Igloo, S.D. Moving farther afield, he profiles Bob Bush,...

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