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Baby Boomers are everywhere - for now.
The Author happens to be one of them.
We dominate government, control corporations, steer society and culture. We are in power.
Some of us, anyway.
This is our time. But who are we, really? What do we think? And most importantly, what have we done? What are we doing?
Did we 'drop the ball'? Are we to blame for, like, everything?
Not unreasonable questions, but it's... Well, it's kind of complicated.
Let's see what we can come up with. For starters, BUSTED BOOM: THE BUMMER OF BEING A BOOMER happens to be one Boomer's findings. You, the reader, will of course have your own. We can compare notes...
We of the Baby Boom generation are certainly well known, but other than demographic references to retirement issues, or some other general subject, as considered by the media of the moment, we're rarely described, or even revealed. BUSTED BOOM takes a crack at it. The results aren't exactly an 'extreme sport', as it were, but a wild ride awaits. Maybe you’ll need seat belts. Possibly air bags.
Hopefully, not air sickness bags.
On the surface, there are few myths about America’s Baby Boom generation, though there are plenty of facts – and feelings. Every Boomer has them, and passions can run high. As pioneers in the modern incarnations of entitlement and privilege, Boomers usually wax defensive of their own kind.
However, Brian Paul Bach, born in the mid-‘50s, was compelled to emerge from the Boomer rank-and-file with his own facts, feelings – and a few myths – concerning his own generation.
As a Boomer ‘on the street’, he is without agenda, academic support, or corporate subsidy. But he is also without pretense. BUSTED BOOM is an unflinching examination of Boomers, whose choices and behavior have deeply influenced our world today. Now that Boomers have come into their inheritance, their performance requires a measure of accountability.
Specifically, Bach’s observations are made with the attentive eye of an artist and the critical force of a fellow traveler. BUSTED BOOM comes from a writer with a passion for exploring the culture that has surrounded him. Consequently, he now questions it with a unique perception, as sincere as it is trenchant.
White, middle-class Boomers – the book’s primary focus – aren’t noted for analyzing themselves as Boomers, per se. They are self-aware, but as a demographic group, Boomers who critique their own kind usually do so with detachment. Such inward-looking sensitivity has led to malfunctions in society, business, and politics.
Because they are known for their self-absorption and feelings of entitlement, perhaps it’s time that one of their own upset the status quo a bit.
No product of some opinionated blogger, media expert, or academic consultant, BUSTED BOOMrelies on decades of witnessing Boomers in action and inaction, known and obscure, and plenty of known names are named. While social, political, cultural and personal matters are considered, the book gets down to details.
Boomer folkways are explored via the subjects of creativity, credibility, media, luck, limitations, film and TV, narcissism, Ayn Rand, consumerism, yuppiedom, greed, boredom, New Age, selective history, and 'Empire' phases, with casual lists of 'Exemplary' and 'Non-Exemplary' Boomers. Included is ‘Boomers Tend To Be…’, a catalogue of Boomer quirks and foibles.
Also, there are five appendices of related material, and updates. After all, the 'Boomer-ness' in American power intensifies day-by-day.
As is the Boomer custom, Bach even has a few axes of his own to grind, in order to demonstrate Boomer technique and mentality. Detached he is not. A fully-engaged Boomer, he speaks from experience. He is an ‘insider’ - but from the outside, so to speak.
BUSTED BOOM is also humorous, hard-hitting, satirical, and even respectful. It is not sentimental or overly anecdotal. The emphasis is on criticism of Boomers and their choices in life, but with a fellow Boomer’s insight as to why and how.
As a book that will both entertain and provoke discussion, BUSTED BOOM goes behind the usual bravado Boomers often display, not only publicly, but on a Boomer-to-Boomer level.
Non-Boomers will find much of value, not just as a curiosity, but as a stimulant in observing the unprecedented societal group that now calls the shots in America.
If the Author infers that Boomers are representative of their nation’s decline, then those Boomers who remain might yet do their best work in the future. But they’d better get cracking.
If BUSTED BOOM is a report card of sorts, it is undeniably incomplete – which means there is still hope.
With book design and illustrations by the Author.
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