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A generation of sociopaths : how the baby boomers betrayed America

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In A Generation of Sociopaths, Bruce Cannon Gibney shows how America was hijacked by the Boomers, a generation whose reckless self-indulgence degraded the foundations of American prosperity. A former partner in a leading venture capital firm, Gibney examines the disastrous policies of the most powerful generation in modern history, showing how the Boomers ruthlessly enriched themselves at the expense of future generations. Acting without empathy, prudence, or respect for facts--acting, in other words, as sociopaths--the Boomers turned American dynamism into stagnation, inequality, and bipartisan fiasco. The Boomers have set a time bomb for the 2030s, when damage to Social Security, public finances, and the environment will become catastrophic and possibly irreversible--and when, not coincidentally, Boomers will be dying off. Gibney, whose 2011 essay "What Happened to the Future?" transfixed the investment world, argues that younger generations have a fleeting window to hold the Boomers accountable and begin restoring America. Distilling deep research into a witty, colorful indictment of the Boomers and an urgent defense of the once-unquestioned value of society, A Generation of Sociopaths is poised to become one of the most controversial books of the year.

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  • ISBN: 9780316395786 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0316395781 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: pages cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, [2017]

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Introduction -- The view from 1946 -- Bringing up boomer -- Vietnam and the emerging boomer identity -- Empire of self -- Science and sentimentality -- Disco and roots of neoliberalism -- The boomer ascendancy -- Taxes -- Debt and deficits -- Indefinitely deferred maintenance -- Boomer finance: the vicious cycle of risk and deceit -- The brief triumph of long retirement -- Preparing for the future -- Detention, after-school and otherwise -- The wages of sin -- The myth of boomer goodness -- Price tags and prescriptions -- Afterword.
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In A Generation of Sociopaths, Bruce Cannon Gibney shows how America was hijacked by the Boomers, a generation whose reckless self-indulgence degraded the foundations of American prosperity. A former partner in a leading venture capital firm, Gibney examines the disastrous policies of the most powerful generation in modern history, showing how the Boomers ruthlessly enriched themselves at the expense of future generations. Acting without empathy, prudence, or respect for facts--acting, in other words, as sociopaths--the Boomers turned American dynamism into stagnation, inequality, and bipartisan fiasco. The Boomers have set a time bomb for the 2030s, when damage to Social Security, public finances, and the environment will become catastrophic and possibly irreversible--and when, not coincidentally, Boomers will be dying off. Gibney, whose 2011 essay "What Happened to the Future?" transfixed the investment world, argues that younger generations have a fleeting window to hold the Boomers accountable and begin restoring America. Distilling deep research into a witty, colorful indictment of the Boomers and an urgent defense of the once-unquestioned value of society, A Generation of Sociopaths is poised to become one of the most controversial books of the year.
Subject: Baby boom generation > United States.
Baby boom generation > United States > Attitudes.
United States > Social policy > History > 20th century.
United States > Economic conditions > 1945-


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