The Next America

The Next America

Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown

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Examines the vast differences in the economic, demographic, social and political values of the four current living generations, the millennials, gen Xers, baby boomers, and the silent generation.

Perseus Publishing
The America of the near future will look nothing like the America of the recent past.

America is in the throes of a demographic overhaul. Huge generation gaps have opened up in our political and social values, our economic well-being, our family structure, our racial and ethnic identity, our gender norms, our religious affiliation, and our technology use.

Today's Millennials—well-educated, tech savvy, underemployed twenty-somethings—are at risk of becoming the first generation in American history to have a lower standard of living than their parents. Meantime, more than 10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring every single day, most of them not as well prepared financially as they'd hoped. This graying of our population has helped polarize our politics, put stresses on our social safety net, and presented our elected leaders with a daunting challenge: How to keep faith with the old without bankrupting the young and starving the future.

Every aspect of our demography is being fundamentally transformed. By mid-century, the population of the United States will be majority non-white and our median age will edge above 40—both unprecedented milestones. But other rapidly-aging economic powers like China, Germany, and Japan will have populations that are much older. With our heavy immigration flows, the US is poised to remain relatively young. If we can get our spending priorities and generational equities in order, we can keep our economy second to none. But doing so means we have to rebalance the social compact that binds young and old. In tomorrow's world, yesterday's math will not add up.

Drawing on Pew Research Center's extensive archive of public opinion surveys and demographic data, The Next America is a rich portrait of where we are as a nation and where we're headed—toward a future marked by the most striking social, racial, and economic shifts the country has seen in a century.

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Examines the vast differences in the economic, demographic, social and political values of the four current living generations, the Millennials, Gen Xers, Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation and discusses what may result from the coming showdown.

Publisher: Perseus Books Group 2014
New York :, PublicAffairs,, 2014
Edition: First edition
Description: viii, 278 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781610393508
Branch Call Number: 305.20973 Tay


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Nov 12, 2018

A very statistical book with most of the research from the Pew foundation. I appreciated the ideas backed up with solid research, but felt it lacking in “story.” Too much of it was such-and-such percentages of this generation vs. another. I would have liked it better if it had worked on, say, three examples from each of the four generations, told their story, struggles, and hopes, more like Taylor illustrated in chapter 11.
Most informed people know that our society is getting older, more mixed race and gender, and less religious, but there are some interesting points to consider that are not so well known such as countries “depopulating” themselves, the need of families to live together more and the likelihood of the older giving more care for the younger than the other way around.

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