The Boomer Century 1946-2046: How America's Most Influential Generation Changed Everything [NOOK Book]

Overview

The Baby Boom generation has always been known as
a demographic anomaly and these 77 million Americans
have dominated our society for the past 60 years, setting
trends ...
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The Boomer Century 1946-2046: How America's Most Influential Generation Changed Everything

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Overview

The Baby Boom generation has always been known as
a demographic anomaly and these 77 million Americans
have dominated our society for the past 60 years, setting
trends and revolutionizing entire industries. They didn't
just date, they transformed sex roles and practices. They
didn't just go to the doctor, they reinvented healthcare.
And now retirement and aging will never be the same
as the oldest boomers move into their 60s with no
thoughts of traditional retirement or old-age homes!
Featuring insightful interviews and essays from Baby
Boomers like Dr. Andrew Weill, Erica Jong, Eve Ensler,
Rob Reiner, Oliver Stone, Lester Thurow, and Tony
Snow, THE BOOMER CENTURY is an entertaining,
historical and cultural look at a truly amazing generation.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

After Croker (No Greater Courage) notes that boomers are those born between 1946 and 1964, his panel of 31 "experts" (Julian Bond, Eve Ensler, Erica Jong, Tony Snow and David Gergen, among them) remind readers of formative events of the boomer past—Vietnam, JFK, civil rights, drugs, the sexual revolution, etc. Then they move on to the boomer present, the world of work, where boomers have stretched the 9-to-5 workday to 24/7, invented telecommuting and digitized everything. In the third section, Croker's experts speculate about how boomers will change our notions of retirement and old age. All the clichés about this generation are included: "Any real Boomer can easily flash back in time and find himself sitting on the living room floor absolutely mesmerized by those beloved Saturday Morning Cartoons" and "[t]here is not a genuine Boomer around today who cannot sing word-for-word and note-for-note about two dozen Beatles songs." Presumably, the PBS documentary this is supposed to accompany will have music or news footage to liven it up—but pages and pages of talking heads delivering sound bites doesn't add up to a particularly engaging reading experience. (Apr.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Library Journal
Attention, baby boomers: you're history. The tie-in to a PBS documentary airing in April. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446561426
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/30/2009
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

RICHARD CROKER lives in
Marietta, Georgia.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Ken Dychtwald, PhD     xi
Introduction     xv
The Times, They Are A-Changin'     1
We Are Born     3
Television: What America Wasn't     18
Movies: The First Rebels     26
The America That Television Didn't Show     27
Camelot     31
The Cuban Missile Crisis     39
The Rock 'n' Roll Revolution     41
Only the Good Die Young     45
"Your Sons and Your Daughters Are Beyond Your Command"     53
Spock Babies Go to College     57
"We Shall Overcome"     63
Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll     71
The Power of "the Pill"     73
Killer Weed     77
Make Love, Not War     83
Male Chauvinist Pigs!     85
The Battle of the Sexes     92
Hell No! We Won't Go!     95
All to Whom the Presence May Come, Greetings     95
Never Trust Anyone over Thirty!     98
Is God Dead?     99
Oh, My God! Not Again!     102
The Nixon Years     107
Woodstock     112
All in the Family     113
There's a Man with a Gun overThere!     115
Get a Job!     121
Jack and Jill     123
I Am Woman-Hear Me Roar!     125
Love, Honor, and What?     130
But What about the Kids?     135
From Nine to Five to 24/7     147
Techno-boom     148
Hey! I've Got an Idea!     152
Casual Friday? Lose the Bathrobe     154
The Me Generation     159
Debt-For Lack of a Better Word-Is Good     166
No Gold Watch for You!     168
So, How Far Have We Come?     172
Boomers Come in Two Colors, Red and Blue     177
Empowerment or Entitlement?     185
Over? Did You Say Over?     187
The Ponce de Leon Generation     200
Of Youth, Vigor, and Tiny Little Worms     203
When I'm Sixty-four     215
"Middlescence"     217
Will You Still Need Me?     221
When Will You Retire?     235
Wait! God May Not Be Dead After All!     237
Gone Fishin'?     243
Will You Still Be Sending Me a Valentine?     251
Will You Still Feed Me?     255
Working without a Net?     256
So Does This Mean War?      267
At Least You've Got Your Health     273
They Cured Polio, Didn't They?     285
All Good Things Must What?     291
What's It All About?     297
About the Contributors     307
Photo and Lyric Credits     323
Acknowledgments     325
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