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Generation of Vipers Paperback – September 1, 1996
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Nevertheless, it took courage for him to express his views and despite his warning, I followed his lead.
I immediately searched my collection to see if I still had that book. Strangely, among all the books I have, I immediatly located the book, and in the morning checked it out with the great website, "Amazon.com." from whom I order various books over time.
I know that in re-reading this book, I will not be disappointed and in fact, that the status quo will be equally appropriate as was the state of affairs all those years ago.
I noted at the time that the book was published in 1942, while the country was at War which took an enormous amount of courage. In my edition, there is a forward by Mr. Wylie, dated December 7, 1954, which is very interesting. Informatively, I had first read the 1942 publication, and later aquired the 1955 publicaton.
Since Mr. Wylie has passed away, I must confess that I am tempted at the age of 84, to dissect our status quo as bravely as Mr. Wylie.
There is so much to rip apart, so to speak. Our entire political sysem, how we elect a President, which is highly suspect in these times, elevating a mere politician to "Emperor Status," with perks, such as a flying palace, which in fact is a pink elephant, which is paid for by untold amount of taxpayers. Cunning advisors, speech writers, state of the art teleprompters, spokespersons, etc., to just list a few.Read more ›
The chapter on sexual mores, "A Specimen American Attitude", in which he seems to favor more loose standards, is a pillar-to-post embarrassment. Christians also cannot embrace Wylie's views of Christ and Christianity set out in the chapter "The Man on the Cross".
That being said, in other chapters, Wylie makes some unbelievably frank and insightful observations about some other aspects of American life. A reviewer below notes that Wylie's life was destroyed by the publication of the book. At age 40, did Wylie think that he'd be feted with champagne and caviar for making many of the observations he made? Apparently, he needed to be reminded of the old saw that, while you can certainly get in trouble in this world by telling lies, you often get into far more trouble by telling impolitic truths.
Wylie's central message is that people should use their short time on this earth putting the moral ahead of the material, trying to become better people instead of only thinking about their bank balance. I was blown away that the book was published over 60 years ago but still, in most places, seems so fresh today. Barring the unforeseen, sadly, "Generation of Vipers" will be just as topical in 2050 or 2100 as it is today or it was back in 1942 when the book was published.
This book is well worth your time if you can separate the wheat from the chaff, ignoring the places where the author is off base, but noting the other places where he is right on target.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a freshman in college in 1951 this book was recommended in a Sociology class and quoted by the instructor. Read morePublished 5 months ago by benredbone
Phyllip Wylie is my favorite author and has been all my life. Generation of Vipers in my opinion is one of the Top 5 books that everyone should read at some point in their... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Karl Simanonok
Good ole Wylie, great when I first read so many years ago but applicable now.Published 12 months ago by Leo Coale
A superb piece of work. For those who eyes to see, Philip Wylie provides a verbal mirror of modern society. Read morePublished 13 months ago by ed312
I am willing to deeply mine boring pages to discover the occasional wise gem, but its all empty here. Read more
This was one of the most valuable text resources that I had during graduate school.Published 21 months ago by K. N. Nelson
With a pen as sharp as a sword and hyperbole that provokes belly laughs, Wylie dissects our way of life. Read morePublished on May 24, 2014 by Stacey Duncan
This was one of the few books I read as a child. I enjoyed it then, I enjoyed it now. It arrived in excellent condition. Thank you.Published on February 17, 2014 by Charles E Fulks
Everything from the church,the cult of mom, to the military Philip Wylie gives his interesting and witty view and understanding of America during the second great war. Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by Gregory Breedlove