Brokaw details cancer fight in memoir

Tom Brokaw, perennial journalist and information-sharer, remains that — even now, when he’s 75, sort of retired, and living with what doctors say is incurable cancer.


The former NBC News anchor has applied the fact-finding skills and straightforward candor that were his stock in trade during his reporting days to A Lucky Life Interrupted (*** out of four), his account of the months after he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare blood cancer. The memoir is loaded with facts and stats about cancer and his form of cancer, drug therapies and the health care industry.

(Brokaw recently told USA TODAY his disease is in remission.)

Culled from the journal he started soon after the awful summer day in 2013 when a doctor brusquely announced, “You have a malignancy,” Brokaw chronicles his journey through the medical maze, reconfigured priorities, horrid pain, unanswerable questions, and his adjustments to shifting definitions of living life to its fullest. It is shot through with glimmering threads of a-luminary’s-life-goes-on moments— an appearance on The Daily Show to promote a documentary on JFK, joining Matt Lauerduring the dedication of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, attending the induction of players to the Baseball Hall of Fame — and reminiscences of huge news moments during his decades as a television journalist.

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