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13th Gen: Abort, Retry, Ignore, and Fail?

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13th Gen: Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail?

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Neil Howe, Bill Strauss

We gave it a B-

13th Gen: Abort, Retry, Ignore, and Fail? is an elaborate cultural study of those unfortunate souls born between 1961 and 1981, the 13th generation descended from the founding fathers. Although baby boomers dismiss ”13ers” as a pack of impatient, lazy whiners, the authors argue that political and economic circumstances will force them to become a clear-thinking, take-charge crew of leaders. The book is logical and often perceptive, but it’s not very revelatory: You’ll feel as if you’ve read everything in it somewhere else before. And the scattershot presentation — with quotes running down the margins and e-mail messages by 25-year-old Ian Williams ”crashed” in throughout — will probably give you a boomer of a headache before long. B-