The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way...and It Wasn't My Fault...and I'll Never Do It Again...
By P J O'rourke
Now O Rourke, born at the peak of the Baby Boom, turns his keen eye on himself and his 75 million accomplices in making America what it is today. With laughter as an analytical tool, he uses his own very average, if sometimes uproarious experiences as a key to his exceptional age cohort. He writes about the way the post-war generation somehow came of age by never quite growing up and created a better society by turning society upside down.
"THE BABY BOOM: How it Got That Way And It Wasn t My Fault And I ll Never Do It Again" is at once a social history, a group memoir of collectively impaired memory, a hilarious attempt to understand his generation s messy hilarity, and a celebration of the mess the Baby Boom has made."
Praise for P.J. O'Rourke: A prolific humorist continues his outpouring of solid writing. . . some very fine travel writing, the best of which is wickedly droll O'Rourke at his very best. . . . Here's hoping there's another 15 books still to come. "Los Angeles Times" on "Holidays in Heck" If all of America s registered Republicans were struck by an ideology-specific bird flu, and 50 among them had to be placed in a secure bunker to repopulate the species entirely, P.J. O Rourke would hold a place on many people s list, mine included. He s funny. He tends to be against boredom and in favor of the pursuit of nonsobriety. He has a sharp nose for cant and bogusness. His conservatism is rooted in a fondness for ordinary things and a philosophy of individual common sense. Dwight Garner, "The New York Times" on "Holidays in Heck" O Rourke is an actual conservative, with ideas and a conscience, as opposed to the stealth flacks staying on party message that often pass for conservatives in these Hannitized and Limbaughtomized days. "Chicago Sun-Times" on "Peace Kills" Mocking on the surface but serious beneath, sharply attuned to quotidian hypocrisy and contradiction...this book contains some of O Rourke s best work to date. When it comes to scouting the world for world-class absurdities, he is the right man for the job. "Los Angeles Times Book Review" on "Give War a Chance" His explanations . . . with a-joke-each-phrase aplomb (forget waiting until the end of the sentence) make you wish he had been your economics professor in college instead of the bow-tie wearing nerd who droned on about widgets. In fact, if you fell asleep hiding your eyelids under the rim of your baseball cap during Econ 101, this book is for you. "The Philadelphia Inquirer" on "Eat the Rich" Highly pungent and wickedly accurate observations . . . [from a] boisterous, pedal-to-the-floor humorist . . . The results would curl the ponytails of most poli-sci professors. "The New York Times Book Review" on "Parliament of Whores" An acerbic master of gonzo journalism and one of America s most hilarious and provocative writers . . . a volatile brew of one-liners and vitriol. "TIME" on "Give War a Chance""
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