"The Greatest Generation" is a term coined by journalist Tom Brokaw to describe the generation who grew up in the United States during the deprivation of the Great Depression, and then went on to fight in World War II, as well as those whose productivity within the war's home front made a decisive material contribution to the war effort, for which the generation is also termed the G.I. Generation.
Tom Brokaw's book
Tom Brokaw wrote in his 1998 book The Greatest Generation, "it is, I believe, the greatest generation any society has ever produced." He argued that these men and women fought not for fame and recognition, but because it was the "right thing to do". When they came back they rebuilt America into a superpower.
- Military history of the United States during World War II
- United States home front during World War II
- Great Depression in the United States
- List of generations
- Hunt, Tristram (June 6, 2004). "One last time they gather, the Greatest Generation". The Observer (London). Retrieved July 14, 2008.
- The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw (1998) ISBN 0-375-50202-5 (hardback) ISBN 0-385-33462-1 (paperback), depicts the Americans who came of age during the Great Depression and fought World War II.
- The Greatest Generation Speaks by Tom Brokaw (1999) ISBN 0-375-50394-3 (hardback) ISBN 0-385-33538-5 (paperback)
- The Great Boom 1950–2000: How a Generation of Americans Created the World's Most Prosperous Society by Robert Sobel (2000) ISBN 0-312-20890-1
- Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069 by Strauss and Howe (1991) ISBN 0-688-11912-3
- Booknotes interview with Tom Brokaw on The Greatest Generation, March 7, 1999.
- Amazon.com's book reviews and description
- OnTheIssues.org's book review and excerpts