The Boomer Bible

The Boomer Bible

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by R. F. Laird
     
 

In the beginning there was the Holy Bible
2 Which was a very good book indeed, but so many things happened since the beginning,
3 That Maybe it was time for another bible,
4 So a punk from Philadelphia wrote a new one,
5 And so it is called The Boomer Bible,
6 So there.
7 And Its Past Testament tells the history of the world, including the

Overview

In the beginning there was the Holy Bible
2 Which was a very good book indeed, but so many things happened since the beginning,
3 That Maybe it was time for another bible,
4 So a punk from Philadelphia wrote a new one,
5 And so it is called The Boomer Bible,
6 So there.
7 And Its Past Testament tells the history of the world, including the Book of Greeks, Book of Brits, Book of Yanks, Book of Russkies, and all the other self-proclaimed Chosen Nations,
8 And people sticking each other with pointed sticks, and acting up, which is called civilization,
9 And also about religion and art and movies and literature, and TV, and so forth, which is why there are also the Books of Pnowlege,
10 Including Psongs, Psayings, and Psomethings,
11 Written just like the other Bible but without any big unpronounceable words,
12 So that you and I might truly understand it,
13 For a change.
14 And Its Present Testament tells about the coming of Harry, and The Way of Harry,
15 Who may be the messiah everybody has been waiting for,
16 Unless he really isn't,
17 Which is hard to say,
18 So there.
19 And there is also The Book of Harrier Brayer together with the Harrier Hymnal,
20 And another Testament too,
21 And Concordance, and a lenticular hand on the cover.
22 And It is not for the faint of heart,
23 Or the easily offended,
24 Or the priggish or the prudish,
25 But who cares,
26 Because neither was Candide, or Swift's A Modest Proposal, or Rabelais, or Lenny Bruce
28 Or all the other satires and satirists who felt the need to warn us when we have gone astray,
29 Which we have,
29 Which you'll know all about,
31 If you read your Boomer Bible,
32 Or there.

Over 87,000 copies in print.

Editorial Reviews

Wall Street Journal
"A sprawling, wickedly funny modern rewriting of the Bible that's meant to sum up a generation." -The Wall Street Journal
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Boomers of management consultant Laird's title are baby boomers, and the author systematically skewers all of the things he claims that generation holds sacred--television, Wall Street avarice, the heroes of our nation's history and our Eurocentric cultural heritage. Boomers have forsaken established religions to follow Harry, the First Babe of the Boom, who gives them great things to eat, drink and inhale and who proclaims for them total exemption from responsibility for their actions. This ``bible'' also includes ``The Book of the Damn Yankees,'' a version of American history, and the ``Psongs'' (``Happy is the man who gets to walk around with a pocketful of cash''). All of these topics have been treated better before. The book's pseudo-biblical style can be amusing at first, but it wears thin long before the end of the volume's 700-plus pages. The author is capable of an insightful observation or a genuinely funny line, but these are few and far between. And with his hipper-than-thou attitude, Laird seems to despise everyone but himself, while his muddled politics, neither left nor right, seem designed to confuse and deliberately offend readers. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563050756
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1991
Pages:
880
Sales rank:
786,942
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.94(h) x 2.00(d)

Meet the Author

R. F. Laird graduated cum laude from Harvard at the age of 19, and went on to become a founding partner in the management consultant corporate public relations firm of Laird, Long, & Sylvester. The Boomer Bible, his first book, took him ten years to write.

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The Boomer Bible 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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I read this book for the first time ten years ago and I am currently in possesion of my third copy. It seems that every time I loaned one out, I never saw it again. I am not a baby boomer, but I love history and sarcasm and I can't begin to say enough positive things about the book. I still spread the 'good' word to my thick-skinned friends--I just don't let this copy out of my sight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My generation (born between 1943 and 1961) has given up its idealism and dreams of radical change for jaded cynicism, success and things. The Boomer Bible forces us Boomers to take a long, hard look in the mirror. Bound to be offensive to many who will confuse its form with sacred texts, liturgies and hymnals and therefore deem it sacrilegious, The Boomer Bible shows where we Boomers went wrong and how we might get back on track. I have quoted from it in sermons.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just wanted to say that 'The Boomer Bible' is a true masterpiece, and a terrific read for those who don't take the world seriously. I was amazed at the ideas presented in this fantastic Novel. Many claim this book to be extremely predjudice. I have not found this to be so, as the author clearly pokes fun at every possible race/religion/and National Origin you can think of. All in all I highly reccomend this book to anybody with a dry or off the wall sense of humor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a masterwork that challenges us to overcome our complacency, our self-centeredness, our intellectual laziness...well, basically everything that first started to become visible with the shallow, hypocritical yuppies of the '80s and have come to a head (both puns intended) in Bill Clinton's America. This is the greatest social satire since '1984.' Highly recommended, but not for the easily offended or for those who are afraid to break out of the comforts of their own beliefs, prejudices, or PC orthodoxies. This book challenges you to (gasp) THINK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is not subtitled 'The Testament Of Our Times' for nothing. This book emcompasses everything about society today. From the beginning of the universe, to the failures of the baby boomers, to a prophecy of the change to come. This book has changed my life. The intercolumn reference, being the a key part of this book, makes this book infinitely re-readable. A definate must have.