The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way (And It WasnÕt My Fault) (And IÕll Never Do It Again)

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Jan 7, 2014 - Humor - 272 pages
P.J. O’Rourke began writing funny things in 1960s “underground” newspapers, became editor-in-chief of National Lampoon, then spent 20 years reporting for Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Monthly as the world’s only trouble spot humorist, going to wars, riots, rebellions, and other “Holidays in Hell” in more than 40 countries.
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.
 

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O'Rourke has been one of the funniest writers in America for about 30 years. His usual mediums are the column, article, or essay and, at times, this book - a biography thinly disguised as a meditation ... Read full review

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Not as funny as most of O'Rourke's work. Perhaps because the failure of our generation to live up to its high expectations is not inherently funny. Read full review

Contents

a Regular old baby boomer Speaks
1
a Good and happy Place
11
Life as We ImaginedIt
29
In the Doldrums of Fun
43
mere anarchy Is Loosed
61
ends and means
77
all that Glisters
93
agents of Influence
109
the Great Disconnect
153
Era of Good Feelings
167
The Baby Booms Garden of EdenThanks for the Snake
181
There Shall No Sign Be Given Unto This Generation
195
Dawns Early Light
205
Real Life
219
Ripeness Is All
233
Big Damn Messy Bundle of Joy
249

the Prelude
119
the man Is Father to the Child
137
Acknowledgments
261
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P. J. O’Rourke was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, and attended Miami University and Johns Hopkins. He began writing funny things in 1960s “underground” newspapers, became editor-in-chief of National Lampoon, then spent 20 years reporting for Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Monthly as the world’s only trouble-spot humorist, going to wars, riots, rebellions, and other “Holidays in Hell” in more than 40 countries. He’s written 16 books on subjects as diverse as politics and cars and etiquette and economics. His book about Washington, Parliament of Whores, and his book about international conflict and crisis, Give War a Chance, both reached #1 on the New York Times best-seller list. He is a contributing editor at The Weekly Standard, H. L. Mencken fellow at the Cato Institute, a member of the editorial board of World Affairs and a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait… Wait… Don’t Tell Me. He lives with his family in rural New England, as far away from the things he writes about as he can get.

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