Tom Brokaw

Classics from the broadcaster's bookshelf.



Tom Brokaw presided over NBC Nightly News for 22 years as anchor and managing editor, receiving practically every major award in broadcast journalism, including two DuPonts, a Peabody, and several Emmys. He has also written six books of non-fiction, most notably The Greatest Generation. His new book, The Time of Our Lives, offers advice gleaned from his own experiences and those of other innovators about how we can revitalize the promise of the American Dream. When we asked him to pick three favorites, Brokaw responded: "Selecting just three favorite books is an unfair request, not unlike being asked to name your favorite child. So my list is conditional. It represents favorites in personal categories rather than a list of the all time, couldn't live without, best books ever written." Enjoy!


Books by Tom Brokaw



Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

By Dee Brown


"Nonfiction: As a native South Dakotan who lived among the Sioux, I was shamefully ignorant of Native American history, culture, and lifestyle until this important book came along."





Main Street

By Sinclair Lewis


"Fiction: A hugely popular book when it was published, Main Street has lost some of its appeal as America becomes more of an urban nation, but Lewis's definitive work remains the seminal novel on small-town life."






Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

By Alfred Lansing


"Inspirational: The story of Shackleton's epic adventure and survival at the South Pole is unfailingly awe inspiring."

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.