Before free love turned into expensive coffee

(What a great title to a review of the Baby Boomers, huh?!?)

When it comes to generations, Brokaw is an inbetweener (like us gen Xers) who was sandwiched between the Greatest Generation and the Boomers. The result of his perspective (and journalistic excellence) is an unbiased, if often saccharine, portrayal of the Baby Boomers through play-by-play of history and reflection. This time, the reflection is a little more fitting than when it was carried out when the generation was in their twenties–note that Joe Queenan’s hilarious Balsamic Dreams derides the same generation for “premature nostalgia” in the ’70s.

The Boomers did some pretty interesting things (and drugs) and the result is a pretty entertaining story. This book is a thoughtful review of that story and the reaction of the rest of the world from the Boomers’ defining moments including the summer of love and the civil rights movement.

(By the way, I wrote a book called Why Baby Boomers Suck!: (No Offense Mom), but I try to have an open mind)


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