Why do Baby Boomers get such a bad rap and why is the Greatest Generation up for canonization? A stirring and much-needed defense of the Baby Boomer legacy.
"Not so fast, Mr. Brokaw. They won World War II, but just what did your "greatest generation" do in the years after they returned home to end racial discrimination, diversify and democratize the campus and the workplace, extend political rights to women and gays, protect the environment, curb military adventurism and hold government accountable for its duplicity and mistakes?...Instead of reading doom into recent conservative political victories, Steinhorn sees them as the last gasps of a foiled generation that is dying out. He maintains that the best evidence that boomers have won the cultural war is that even the most conservative politicians have to cloak themselves in boomer rhetoric to survive. Whatever their private views, he says, they dare not be openly racist, sexist, homophobic or environmentally insensitive. (They have talk-show surrogates for that.).. While lauding the boomers, Steinhorn says they have more to do before they shuffle off into oblivion?continuing the fight for a better environment, promoting greater integration of races and cultures, defending and extending the particular interests of older women, insisting on more transparency from government and?not least?demanding suitable recognition for their own contributions."