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Balsamic Dreams: a Short but Self-Important History of the Baby Boomer Generation

by Queenan, Joe

  • ISBN: 9780805067200
  • ISBN10: 0805067205

Balsamic Dreams: a Short but Self-Important History of the Baby Boomer Generation

by Queenan, Joe

  • List Price: $23.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
  • Publish date: 06/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780805067200
  • ISBN10: 0805067205
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Description: 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 roles

A 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.

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