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Balsamic Dreams: A Short But Self-Important History Of The Baby Boomer Generation

Balsamic Dreams: A Short But Self-Important History Of The Baby Boomer Generation

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The author of the bestselling Red Lobster, White Trash, and the Blue Lagoon takes aim at the boomer generation in a hilarious work of social commentary.It's become fashionable to vilify baby boomers. Professional iconoclast and baby boomer Joe Queenan, however, takes a somewhat more benign position: Yes, the baby boomers are venal, self-obsessed egomaniacs blighted by an insalubrious interest in things like the provenance of their neighbors' balsamic vinegar. But this does not make them the 'worst generation' -- it just makes them the most annoying.In Balsamic Dreams, Queenan chronicles the evolution of his generation and critiques its current condition in chapters such as: --J'Accuse: a bold indictment of the boomers' greatest transgressions, past and present --Ten Days That Rocked the World: in which Queenan identifies the precise moments things went awry (#1: the release of Carole King's Tapestry)--Careful, the Staff Might Hear You: an examination of the unspoken, nefarious alliance between baby boomers and Generation X--American History: The B-Sides: an alternative version of the Republic as played out with baby boomers in the starring rolesA measured (if a tad cranky) assessment of a generation whose greatest sin lies in confusing lifestyle for life and pop culture for culture, Balsamic Dreams is fresh, funny, and irresistible.

Book Details

Author Joe Queenan
Publication Year 2001
Publisher Henry Holt & Company
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9780805067200
Number of Pages 240
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