The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way (And It WasnÕt My Fault) (And IÕll Never Do It Again)
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JohnPhelan - LibraryThing
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
a Regular old baby boomer Speaks
a Good and happy Place
Life as We ImaginedIt
In the Doldrums of Fun
mere anarchy Is Loosed
ends and means
all that Glisters
agents of Influence
the Great Disconnect
Era of Good Feelings
The Baby Booms Garden of EdenThanks for the Snake
There Shall No Sign Be Given Unto This Generation
Dawns Early Light
Ripeness Is All
Big Damn Messy Bundle of Joy
the man Is Father to the Child
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P. J. O'Rourke
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