The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way...and It Wasn't My Fault...and I'll Never Do It Again...
P. J. O'Rourke (Author)
November 01, 2014
5.4 X 1.1 X 8.2 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author
P. J. O'Rourke has written nineteen books, including Parliament of Whores and Give War a Chance, which both reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. He is a regular panelist on NPR's Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me and a contributing writer for the Washington Post editorial page.
Praise for The Baby Boom: "As a cultural analyst, O'Rourke's ability and willingness to simultaneously lampoon and celebrate himself and his generation are unequaled."-- Publishers Weekly "P.J. O'Rourke's Baby Boom may just be his best book ever. Teems with heart and humor -- much of it laugh out loud, or as the post-boomers would say, LOL -- as well as with his trademark brilliant social commentary. A terrific American memoir, in tone a beguiling mix of Jean Shepherd and "Animal House." In fact, I'm going to revise my prior statement and say flat-out that this is O'Rourke's best book ever, which is a saying a lot." -- Christopher Buckley "His simultaneously hilarious and brainy new book, "The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way And It Wasn't My Fault And I'll Never Do It Again," holds a cracked magnifying glass up to the generation of Americans born between the end of World War II and the early 1960s. Sifting through demographic and economic data and combining the results with generous portions of personal memories, O'Rourke finds much to deplore in the boomer character, but even more to cherish and celebrate." -- Chicago Tribune "Better than an Ed Sullivan marathon, more enjoyable than Beach Boys Radio Weekend, and more fun than cleaning out your parents' attic, this book is a boomer's delight. If your bags are packed for a trip down memory lane, 'The Baby Boom' is a book you'll want to remember to take with you." -- The Spectrum "Delightfully and devilishly hilarious...O'Rourke shows no sign of slowing down when it comes to his witty chronicling of American life." -- Toronto Sun "A comedic and caustic cautionary tale for future generations -- and, for those of us who are Boomers, a nostalgic and hilarious diversion." -- NPR Praise for P.J. O'Rourke: "A prolific humorist continues his outpouring of solid writing. . . some very fine travel writing, the best of which is wickedly droll -- O'Rourke at his very best. . . . Here's hoping there's another 15 books still to come."--Los Angeles Times on Holidays in Heck "If all of America's registered Republicans were struck by an ideology-specific bird flu, and 50 among them had to be placed in a secure bunker to repopulate the species entirely, P.J. O'Rourke would hold a place on many people's list, mine included. He's funny. He tends to be against boredom and in favor of the pursuit of nonsobriety. He has a sharp nose for cant and bogusness. His conservatism is rooted in a fondness for ordinary things and a philosophy of individual common sense." --Dwight Garner, The New York Times on Holidays in Heck "O'Rourke is an actual conservative, with ideas and a conscience, as opposed to the stealth flacks staying on party message that often pass for conservatives in these Hannitized and Limbaughtomized days."--Chicago Sun-Times on Peace Kills "Mocking on the surface but serious beneath, sharply attuned to quotidian hypocrisy and contradiction...this book contains some of O'Rourke's best work to date. When it comes to scouting the world for world-class absurdities, he is the right man for the job."--Los Angeles Times Book Review on Give War a Chance "His explanations . . . with a-joke-each-phrase aplomb (forget waiting until the end of the sentence) make you wish he had been your economics professor in college instead of the bow-tie wearing nerd who droned on about widgets. In fact, if you fell asleep hiding your eyelids under the rim of your baseball cap during Econ 101, this book is for you."--The Philadelphia Inquirer on Eat the Rich "Highly pungent and wickedly accurate observations . . . [from a] boisterous, pedal-to-the-floor humorist . . . The results would curl the ponytails of most poli-sci professors."--The New York Times Book Review on Parliament of Whores "An acerbic master of gonzo journalism and one of America's most hilarious and provocative writers . . . a volatile brew of one-liners and vitriol."--TIME on Give War a Chance