Brokaw's homage to the Americans who overcame the Depression and World War II, The Greatest Generation, is expanded with this collection of stories, interviews and personal histories of that generation. Enforcing his thesis that we owe a huge debt of gratitude to those tough and courageous men and women for ensuring the freedoms and comforts that we take for granted today, Brokaw shows how they were sustained by simple ideals of patriotism, duty, family and honor. These are new, intensely personal perspectives of a momentous time in our history written by average, and yet remarkable, people who lived through those years. Some were written from the front during the war, others were written recently. Inspirational and instructive, this is really a book written by America.