Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyThe American landscape is now littered with disenchanted workers and bankrupt businesses. What has happened to the American expectation of affluence? Glassner, a sociologist and the author of Bodies: Why We Look the Way We Do (And How We Feel About It) , has written a captivating study of this vexing phenomenon, expecially its effect on the baby boomers who are ``far less pleased with their jobs than were older people'' even though they ``had more opportunities and advantages than any generation in American history.'' Using case studies, Glassner investigates work patterns ``before, while, and after boomers' careers fall apart.'' He describes ``downsized achievers'' seeking a life outside Wall Street and corporate law offices; ``career divorcees'' pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities; ``crashing couples'' facing the trauma of midlife; and others. His thoughts on the ``victors'' who were able to turn life crises into growth opportunities are especially absorbing. Fortune Book Club selection. (Feb.)
Library JournalGlassner (sociology, Univ. of Southern California) has interviewed hundreds of highly successful college-educated baby boomers who have had problems with their careers. He divides these case studies into two types: people caught in downsizing and career divorces and people whose values were at odds with their professions. Glassner then examines the nature of the choices for these individuals. For those who have experienced a career crash, there is a lot here, if not in ideas then at least in consolation. The essential point made by the author is that career crashes are more than just a job switch; they provide an opportunity to reexamine life choices made many years earlier. The shortcoming of this book is that the study only samples prosperous boomers. The working-class boomers who suffer career crashes will have to wait for a book of their own. A good choice for libraries serving well-to-do boomers.-- Joshua Cohen, Mid-Hudson Lib. System, Poughkeepsie, N . Y .
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