Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-8021-2290-2 • $15.00 • Forthcoming in Paperback • Nov. 2014
978-0-8021-2197-4 • $25.00 • Cloth • Jan. 2014
Political Science, Humor
“O’Rourke’s best book ever.”Christopher Buckley
In The Baby Boom
, O’Rourke, born at the peak of the Baby Boom, turns his keen eye on himself and his 75 million accomplices in making America what it is today. With laughter as an analytical tool, he uses his own very average, if sometimes uproarious experiences as a key to his exceptional age cohort. He writes about the way the postwar generation somehow came of age by never quite growing up and created a better society by turning society upside down. The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way . . . And It Wasn’t My Fault . . . And I’ll Never Do It Again
is at once a social history, a group memoir of collectively impaired memory, a hilarious attempt to understand his generation’s messy hilarity, and a celebration of the mess the Baby Boom has made.