The Generation Game

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Macmillan, 2008 - Business cycles - 296 pages
3 Reviews

After ten years of a boom and on the eve of a downturn, Irish society has been turned on its head by a Generation War. The clear winners have been the middle-aged Jagger Generation, enormously enriched by the property boom, while the younger generation – the cash-stripped Jugglers – will be badly exposed as the credit wave recedes.

Then there are the Bono Boomers, wedged between the winners and losers, who are not about to grow up just because the economy is doing badly, preferring instead to enjoy life as permalescents – a permanently adolescent generation, too young to be old, too old to be hip.

As the Jaggers, Jugglers and Bono Boomers struggle to maintain their slice of a diminished pie, David McWilliams explains how it's time to take stock, learn from history and harness the collective power of past generations. He argues that if Ireland can exploit its unique ecomonic resource – it's global tribe – Ireland as a nation will be reinvigorated. He believes that now is the time to play the Generation Game.

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User Review  - Bengό - Goodreads

It's so scary to realize the game is applicable to any nation, what's even worse, the game is already on. Fantastic piece of study with an in-your-face attitude of the author. It's a keeper. Read full review

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User Review  - Alan - Goodreads

The man who insulted both Brian Lenihan and Miriam O' Callaghan in his latest book, makes up fancy names for groups of people in this "social commentary of Ireland" circa 2006/2007. A waste of money, in my opinion, reading this guy as he tells us what we already know. Read full review

About the author (2008)

David McWilliams is the author of the bestselling The Pope's Children and lives in Dublin with his wife and two children.

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