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The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation about America: Who We Are, Where We've Been, and Where We Need to Go Now, to Recapture the American Dream

The Time of Our Lives: A conversation about America; Who we are, where we've been, and where we need to go now, to recapture the American dream - Tom Brokaw The Time of our Lives provides observations from an experienced sage of current affairs. Listening to the audio edition of this book was similar to sitting across a coffee shop table listening to an extended commentary about life from an erudite and enlightened observer.

Tom Brokaw is close enough to my age (he’s 6 years older) that I could identify with most of his sentiments reflecting on past life experiences. If we were in a real two-way conversation I would have had a few retorts, occasionally agreeing and occasionally disagreeing. But I certainly would have found him to be a rational observer and thinker to be respected. (i.e. The sort of person I wish I could be.)

A gamut of policy issues are touched upon, but there’s probably little substantive or new material here for policy wonks. He reminisces on the past, quips about the present, and expresses hopeful optimism for the future. It was published in November 2011, so comments about the present are a bit dated. But nonetheless, it's an interesting book.