The Baby Boomer Encyclopedia

Overview

Comprising some 80 million Americans born between 1946 and 1965, the Baby Boomers have significantly changed every aspect of American history and culture. The members of this generation experienced some of the most tumultuous times in American history; indeed, the Boomers helped create these pivotal eras. From the advent of rock and roll to disco and rap, from the sexual revolution to the arrival of AIDS, and from race riots to the election of a black president, Baby Boomers ...

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Overview

Comprising some 80 million Americans born between 1946 and 1965, the Baby Boomers have significantly changed every aspect of American history and culture. The members of this generation experienced some of the most tumultuous times in American history; indeed, the Boomers helped create these pivotal eras. From the advent of rock and roll to disco and rap, from the sexual revolution to the arrival of AIDS, and from race riots to the election of a black president, Baby Boomers have seen it all.

Through nearly 100 alphabetically arranged entries, this encyclopedia gives later generations insight into the contributions of the Baby Boomers, and it helps members of that generation better contextualize their own experiences. Included entries are written in a clear and engaging manner, covering politics and activism, entertainment, the economy, gender roles, arts, pop culture, sports, religion, drug and alcohol use, and many other subject areas.

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Library Journal
Many factors influenced the children born between 1946 and 1965, just as much of society has been influenced by them. Arranged alphabetically, the 93 articles here document what journalist and writer Gitlin (Diana Princess of Wales) considers the most significant political, social, cultural, and historical events of the last 65 years. Entries are brief and readable, usually one to three pages in length. Because historical events do not happen in a vacuum, each chapter contains See also references and pointers to further readings. Researchers may find a few factors that detract from the book's usefulness, however. Entries focus more on social and cultural events (e.g., television, motion pictures, and music) that have been changed by the boomers and less on political events and figures. For example, while John and Robert Kennedy each earn entries, there is no separate entry for President Johnson (though some of the oldest boomers might have concerns about Medicare or Medicaid) or President Nixon. A longer book or more volumes might alleviate this problem. While the book does present a good snapshot of a cultural event or individual, collegiate institutions might find Gale's "American Decades" series more appealing to researchers, particularly volumes focusing on the 1960s and 1970s. BOTTOM LINE Though somewhat limited, this title may prove useful to secondary schools or public libraries that consistently serve high school students. Buy if your budget permits.—James Langan, Univ. of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313382185
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/3/2011
  • Pages: 231
  • Sales rank: 829,781
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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