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The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown Kindle Edition

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"The book's greatest strength lies in its detailed analysis of significant trends-from politics to lifestyle choices-among the four generational groups surveyed." ---Publishers Weekly

About the Author

The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis, and other empirical social science research.

Paul Taylor is the executive vice president of the Pew Research Center, where he oversees demographic, social, and generational research. He is the author of See How They Run and coauthor of The Old News Versus the New News. Paul lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

Sean Pratt (AEA/SAG/AFTRA) has been a working professional actor for twenty-five years. He has been an audiobook narrator for seventeen years, has recorded over 700 books in almost every genre, and has received eight AudioFile magazine Earphones Awards and four Audie Award nominations from the Audio Publishers Association.

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  • File Size: 6206 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs (March 4, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 4, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FD36G0W
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113 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Robert Steven Thomas TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most concise, well-written accounts of the growing divide among Americans that I have ever encountered. It is brave, honest, direct, unbiased and drives straight at the heart of our current political & societal disconnect. While it does not offer very many workable answers (they are all so varied and complex it demands greater participation to resolve) it does get a number of the most important problems out on the table so that a wider group of concerned individuals can begin to grapple with the solutions. As the chasm continues to expand over the next couple of decades, this dilemma will necessarily attract more and more individual participation. I f you want to get a head start on the coming debate read this compelling book.
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‘The Next America’ written by Paul Taylor with a help from Pew Research Center research is an interesting book that through a variety of statistical data gives an accurate picture of what is America today and to what extent such picture is different from what it used to be in the past, or what some would like to think it is.

The book is presented in a manner known to those who follow the activities of the Pew Research Center, providing many statistical figures, charts and reports combined with the author's interpreting - therefore, except for the reading it could be an ideal source of useful data for further use, as a reference for other works.

‘The Next America’ is divided into 12 chapters that provide statistical information grouped by specific categories, named in the funny way which will immediately associate the reader what particular chapter is about such as Whither Marriage?, Nones on the Rise or Empty Cradle, Gray World.

Paul Taylor’s book is not too long, and on its 200 pages of text offers a fairly accurate picture in which direction America is heading that might not appeal to some, especially on the subject of exceptional growing divide between US residents. The author is not afraid to get on tricky issues like religion, sex or drugs while maintaining objectivity and a neutral attitude, trying to present data without politicization.

I personally was very interested to see trends that coincide very closely with my personal assumptions in which direction the future of America is going, so I believe you as well will find some answers in this book, or you may be intrigued to ask some new questions. In any case, I suggest you to dive into the sea of data book offers; ‘The Next America’ will certainly keep you interested for some time.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jan Miller on March 29, 2014
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I love the way the stats are disaggregated and made understandable for the lay person. There are even bits of humor here and there, if you can believe that. I read this on my kindle which does not do justice to the charts but I purchased a hard copy for my daughter who is very interested in social research so that she can have a "hard copy" on which to make notes. Being in the Silent Generation myself, I found that the solutions/observations about the younger and older generations being more alike than oppositional were encouraging.
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful By George Fulmore on August 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The author is the Executive Vice President of the Pew Research Center. In the prefix, we are promised a lot of statistics. That promise is kept. That is what I liked most about the book.

As examples, he tells us that about 4 million babies are born each year in the U.S., plus another 1 million enter as legal immigrants. This is offset by the deaths of about 2.5 million Americans, for a net increase of about 2.5 million per year. That's good to know. We also learn that only about 51% of American adults are married these days, and that women are the primary breadwinners in about 4 in 10 American homes. Plus, fewer than one third of black adults today are married. And, nearly 3 in 10 American households now contain only one person.

We are also told that Barack Obama is President today primarily because of the votes coming from the young and the non-whites.

That is the good stuff. The bad stuff, in my opinion, comes when the author is surprisingly negative about the future of Social Security and Medicare, almost like he has bought into all the simplistic Paul Ryan/Republican Party arguments. In several parts of the book, he gives very negative reports on how Social Security works and may work in the future. I'll not go into my rebuttals of all that here.
My point is that if the author would have left that stuff out, it would have been a better book.

His Chapter 4, for example, seems like it belongs in a book on personal finance, one that is very conservative in its thinking. And when he says that "More than 7 in 10 Millennials do not expect Social Security to be their main source of retirement income, he gets himself in more trouble. Social Security has NEVER been projected to be the main source of anyone's income.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ron Carlson on March 28, 2014
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Excellent translation of data to useful information. The book should serve as a ready handbook and reference for anyone interested and involved (that should be all of us) in the changing nature of today's society. Without a ready understanding of our demographics, its impossible to grasp the import of the issues ranging from early childhood education to support services for older adults.
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