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5.0 out of 5 stars Failure to launch in the Western World, April 29, 2012
This review is from: The Accordion Family: Boomerang Kids, Anxious Parents, and the Private Toll of Global Competition (Hardcover)
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This book really drills down and examines the issues we are having in the Western World where our children do not grow up, get a career, house, and start their own family. Instead they enjoy the lifestyle that their parents have provided and really do not have the desire to go out in the world and fight their own way through a corporate career, take on a mortgage, marriage, and have children. This book shows through interviews that many grown children in their mid-twenties have no desire to take the same path as their parents. You combine this trepidation with the current battle of globalization devouring many jobs in the Western World along with big companies never ending pursuit of reducing expenses of labor with less full time opportunities and you have an economic storm changing the landscape. The author also shows how the cost of owning a home in some of the most popular metropolitan areas of the world has put home ownership out of the reach of many young people.

Parents desire for their children to have it better than they had it is difficult with the current flood of college graduates into the work force after the huge lay offs of millions of the same type of workers during the recession. Through interviews we see so many parents blaming themselves for coddling their children and the grown children just preferring to stay put because they are happy where they are. Great book for a deep look into the economic impact of the failure to launch generation along with the reasons why this is happening on such a large scale. I highly recommend if you are interested in this topic.
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