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What happens when a society is run by people who are antisocial? Welcome to baby boomer America.

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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©2017 Bruce Cannon Gibney (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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  • Nancy
  • Fort Valley, VA, United States
  • 03-31-17

Honest introspection required

If you're a Boomer, this is truly enlightening as to just how self-serving and destructive our generation has been. I'm ashamed of us. I think most of us will be in denial.

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A must read for every American that cares....

This book lays out facts and ties them all together of how the worst generation in American history leveraged the future of the country at the expense of future generations. An important book to better understand the circumstances we find ourselves in today because of personal greed.

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there's an idea there... but!

This is a curious case. Yet another person finds that something is utterly wrong with our socity, but what is it?
Well a quick detour is in order. Upon my first reading of DSM V I developed a bit of a hobby of armchair psychiatry, deploying newfound knowledge everywhere with reckless abandon. As fun as such exercise is, it is hardly scientific; but to try to do it on a scale of population cohorts, as tempting as it is, I'm sure, is sheer lunacy. Especially given how much DSM V emphasise the individual patient difference.
And thus is the main flaw of the book, the author tries to cram his arguments to fit the description of a mental disorder. A metaphor gone too far takes over the narrative. Yet, if that flaw can be put aside, and that takes quite an effort, mind you, many gems can be found in this book.
There is however a great irony here, since the DSM V was in fact a rather questionable tome written in no small part by pharmaceutical industry it is surprising that the author does not make any reference to altering the water supply. On the other hand, I find the whole thing rather questionable since if he ignored all the flaws of DSM V while trying to cram the content of the book into a diagnostic model prescribed by it, one can't stop and wonder about the quality of the rest of the evidence.

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Hatchet Job<br />

On Social Security.
Elaborate and funny but biased and sociopathic itself. it provides a very comprehensive list of the ills that have been inflicted on the population, finding a very convenient scapegoat.

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Thought provoking and balanced

A great look at what has lead to the current state of America. Uses factual information to expose many lesser known evils of Boomer policies, no matter the political affiliation. It also forces younger generations to acknowledge the unbalanced benefits we enjoy and how woefully unsustainable they actual are.

Personally, this book has inspired in me a sense of duty I never had before to work to prevent my own backsliding, and clarifies the sacrifice I must accept if I want to see America moving in a less detrimental direction.

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Truly Eye-Opening

Excellent premise, very well argued using (relatively) easy to follow, data-driven analysis of the entire Baby Boomer "life cycle" and it's/their impact on society. I'm convinced, as I think anyone reading will be.

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Roger

Silicon Valley libertarian garbage.
I was sometimes amused but also horrified with his baby boomer analysis . His answer to fix their "sociopathic" destruction of America is gross. Cut the welfare state but not the enormous military budget? Tax the middle class and poor but not the rich and corporations? I guess just handout bootstraps?

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Preach Brother!!

A book with guts. Calls out the Boomers for their selfish destructive behavior. Not recommended for anyone on one political "side" or another. Also, my type of humor.

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Verified what I was already suspect of....

I was quite taken by the subject. it informed me on a lot I never thought of. like an early chapter "Bringing up Boomer". And how they stepped into a well built and most payed for America.I had to listen to the book while I work. at 44 and an orphan despite a skill level 2nd to none most of my income that goes to bare survival has gone into tools and equipment. I have long known a top tradesman like myself in any former generation would have been at least comfortable and know I know the mechanism and motivation that made this come to pass. I would completely discount any reviews from boomers. this book is a absolute assault on them front to back and I doubt they could be the slightest bit none biased. In their defense any group will vote themselves a raise but the manner they went about it. He starts with making this into a court case... after a certain number of coincides it becomes a compilation of evidence.

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A must read for everyone but Boomers<br />

This book makes the convincing case that boomers need to be dealt with immediately. If you are under the age of 60 you need to vote immediately for anyone not 60 or older. It's that simple.

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  • Bello_Mac
  • 08-19-17

An outstanding example of excellent research & use of empirical data to support an opinionated view of 20th social change in USA

I think what it is great about this book is how research and empirical data has been used to support deeply opinionated views. It is norm in the use of the scientific method to veer away from bias to ensure that the research and work undertaking is considered based on the data and not on the biases of the author.

I strongly believe that the reason why "spin" and other forms of discrediting facts to justify behaviour is become easier due to the noble and professional attitude of researchers to state only what the empirical data shows.

Research in social and economic sciences is more bias and there tends to be disagreements between authors on the way data is been interpreted.

It is really refreshing to see how the author's blunt opinions do not seem to descend into statements of fact that cannot be challenged.

In my opinion the Author has been as thorough as possible to support his views with empirical data and it seems to be challenging society/readers to get involved in fixing the issue.

What I find refreshing is, the bluntness with an open and positive attitude to engage in dialogue and promote debate, to elevate the discourse of how to fix the problems of the future and to give a good example of how "experts" and thorough research should be embraced in politics.

I am not from the USA and not a boomer but I can see in my own life experience how "boomer" behaviour is percolated society and it has been passed on to some extend to younger generations.

On a personal note, I have been thinking for the last few years how the western world has lost its "MOJO" and how the "values" that everybody talks about are no longer practiced. This book is helped me pin point what "boomer" behaviours or entitlements I have inherited and will modify to ensure I take responsibility in ensuring I don't pass on to the future generations unnecessary burden.

I think as Bruce eloquently puts it, society is worth the effort and rather blame or punish "boomers" I will use this book as a learnt experience to live within my means and preach by example to pass on this important message.

We have all benefited from the scientific, medical and technological advances the world has produced up to the end of the 20th century. This advances have been made mostly by governmental, altruistic and personal investment with the goal of discovery and understanding the world we live in.

If current "values" of profit at all cost, greed and reduction of taxes and state were prevalent in the early 20th century they world we live in would be very different indeed.