First Edition of Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation; Inscribed by Him to Editor and Close Friend Howard Kaminsky
The Greatest Generation.
Item Number: 86321
New York: Random House, 1998.
First edition of this instant classic and runaway bestseller that changed the way we saw World War II and an entire generation of Americans. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page in the year of publication, “Howard and Susan- Happy holidays to great friends. Tom Brokaw 12/98.” The recipient, Howard Kaminsky was the former president and publisher of Warner Books, Random House and William Morrow/Avon. Among the authors he published were Elmore Leonard, E.L. Doctorow, Gore Vidal, David Halberstam and Richard Nixon. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Andy Carpenter.
In this magnificent testament to a nation and her people, Tom Brokaw brings to life the extraordinary stories of a generation that gave new meaning to courage, sacrifice, and honor. From military heroes to community leaders to ordinary citizens, he profiles men and women who served their country with valor, then came home and transformed it: Senator Daniel Inouye, decorated at the front, fighting prejudice at home; Martha Settle Putney, one of the first black women to serve in the newly formed WACs; Charles Van Gorder, a doctor who set up a MASH-like medical facility in the middle of battle, then opened a small clinic in his hometown; Navy pilot and future president George H. W. Bush, assigned to read the mail of the enlisted men under him, who says that in doing so he “learned about life”; and many other laudable Americans. “Moving . . . a tribute to the members of the World War II generation to whom we Americans and the world owe so much" (The New York Times Book Review).