Veteran newsman Tom Brokaw, who wrote a best-selling book called The Greatest Generation about the men and women who came of age in the Great Depression and fought World War II, is now using his reporter's eye to look at their children: the baby boomers.
On Thursday, March 4 , CNBC premiered a two-hour documentary called, "TOM BROKAW REPORTS: BOOMER$."
Here's how CNBC describes the report:
"In a landmark two-hour documentary, Tom Brokaw tells the story of history's wealthiest and most influential generation. From hula hoops to civil rights, in war and politics, Brokaw chronicles the extraordinary impact 78 million baby boomers have had on American society over the past six decades, and explores the challenges they face as they begin to approach the age of retirement."
That sounds like a lot to cover in just two hours, but Brokaw is going to try.
Born in 1940, Brokaw is too young to be part of The Greatest Generation (a term he coined) and too old to be a baby boomer. How well Brokaw will capture the boomer experience and whether he will discover and share any significant insights remains to be seen. After all, this isn't the first time Brokaw has reported on the Baby Boom Generation. For his 2007 book, "BOOM!," Brokaw interviewed about 100 baby boomers, many of them famous personalities such as politicians Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich, writers Nora Ephron, Tom McGuane and Gloria Steinem, and singer/songwriter James Taylor.
Writing for The New York Times, Janet Maslin gave "BOOM!" a so-so review, but had kind words for the author: "On the page, as he is on the screen, Mr. Brokaw is a canny, perceptive interviewer with an honest interest in what other people have to say." Brokaw and his book about baby boomers fared less well in the USA Today review by Bob Minzesheimer, who wrote: "It's a conventional, bland, safe and predictable book about a decade that was none of the above."
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