Tom Brokaw is one of the most trusted and respected figures in broadcast journalism. In The Greatest Generation, his 1968 landmark bestseller, Brokaw eloquently evoked for America what it meant to come of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War. Now, in Boom! Voices of the Sixties Personal Reflections on the ‘60s and Today (Random House), he gives an epic portrait of another defining era as he brings to life the tumultuous Sixties, a fault line in American history.
“Boom! One minute it was Ike and the man in the grey flannel suit, and the next minute it was time to ‘Turn on, tune in, drop out.’ While Americans were walking on the moon, Americans were dying in Viet Nam. Nothing was beyond question, and there were far fewer answers than before,” he writes.
Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of 1968, Boom! explores race, war, politics, feminism, popular culture and music with the frank personal remembrances of those who lived through that period
Brokaw has received numerous honors, including the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award, the Emmy award for Lifetime Achievement, and he was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The U.S. Army honored him with their highest award, the George Catlett Marshall Medal, first ever awarded to a journalist; and he was the recipient of the West Point Sylvanus Thayer Award, in recognition of devoted service to bringing exclusive interviews and stories to public attention.
He reported on race and poverty in 2006 in “Separate and Unequal”, on the war on terror in 2005 in “Tom Brokaw Reports: The Long War”, and has covered every presidential election since 1968.
In 2004 he stepped down after 21 years as anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News,” but he has continued reporting and producing documentaries for NBC News, as well as providing expertise during breaking news events.
Tom Brokaw was interviewed at Kentucky Author Forum by Rick Atkinson, a staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post for more than twenty years. He is the author of An Army at Dawn, which won a Pulitzer in 2002, The Long Gray Line, In the Company of Soldiers, and Crusade. His most recent book is The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944.
Tom Brokaw was previously a guest of Kentucky Author Forum when he interviewed his long-time friend and colleague, R. W. “Johnny” Apple, in 2005.