A Generation Of Sociopaths: How The Baby Boomers Betrayed America by Bruce Cannon GibneyA Generation Of Sociopaths: How The Baby Boomers Betrayed America by Bruce Cannon Gibney

A Generation Of Sociopaths: How The Baby Boomers Betrayed America

byBruce Cannon Gibney

Hardcover | March 7, 2017

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In his "remarkable" (Men's Journal) and "controversial" (Fortune) book -- written in a "wry, amusing style" (The Guardian) -- Bruce Cannon Gibney shows how America was hijacked by the Boomers, a generation whose reckless self-indulgence degraded the foundations of American prosperity.
InA Generation of Sociopaths, 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 argues that younger generations have a fleeting window to hold the Boomers accountable and begin restoring America.
Bruce CannonGibneyis a venture capitalist and writer. An early investor in PayPal, he later joined Founders Fund, where he and his colleagues funded Facebook, Spotify, Palantir Technologies, Elon Musk's SpaceX, Airbnb, Lyft, and other start-ups.
Title:A Generation Of Sociopaths: How The Baby Boomers Betrayed AmericaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 1.5 inPublished:March 7, 2017Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316395781

ISBN - 13:9780316395786


Rated 3 out of 5 by from If you've already made up your mind from the title, the book probably won't change it. This is not the first time I've seen Baby Boomers called sociopaths and I think it's an understandable response to the labels put on Millennials who are frustrated with a system that they feel unable to cope with or change. I can only imagine Baby Boomers who feel they don't fit in with the stereotypical Baby Boomers will be able to read this without taking such personal offense as to be unable to assess the arguments made in the book. I'm not sure who the book is for, if most people who would be swayed by the arguments have already been swayed by them. I don't have a strong background in economics so while Gibney's economic arguments do not seem terribly flawed to me, I do think there are issues with the social statements. 'Sociopath' as a clinical definition is much more complicated and controversial than presented in the book. The anti-establishment behaviour that hallmarked the 60s is not necessarily an indication of anti-social, narcissistic behaviour on the part of Baby Boomers. The behaviour is pretty normal for most generations, but there were more Baby Boomers acting that way and the aftershocks of WWII allowed for more anti-war sentiment. The behaviour of youths in the 1920s is very similar (anti-war, more drug usage, more sex) but we aren't calling the Greatest generation sociopaths for it. The behaviour examined in the book is not just the behaviour of Baby Boomer home owners and voters, but specifically the Baby Boomers in positions of power and influence - which means white and male. Change a few parameters and you could change the book title to 'A Generation of Sociopaths: How White Male Baby Boomers Betrayed America' which would probably be too extreme to push through a major publishing house but would be a social as well as economic argument, and much more interesting.
Date published: 2017-04-27

Editorial Reviews

"[Gibney] maintains that the Boomer Generation, privilege incarnate, exhibit all the traits associated with that clinical pathology: 'deceit, selfishness, imprudence, remorselessness, hostility, the works.' He argues the case well."-Toronto Star