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Great Expectations: America and the Baby Boom Generation Hardcover – September, 1980

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Landon Jones was managing editor at "People magazine for eight years and wrote and edited for "Life, "Time, "Money, and "People for thirty-seven years; and is currently vice president of the National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial." His books include "Great Expectations: America and the Baby Boom and "The Essential Lewis and Clark. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Coward Mc Cann; First Edition edition (September 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698110498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698110496
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,371,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lee Lewellen on April 19, 2010
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Jones does an outstanding job of putting the whole baby boom phenomenon into context and sharing unique insights. Even if you are a member of the baby boom cohort, you will learn quite a few things about yourself and your fellow boomers. Jones helps place the baby boom era in the context of the Great Depression and World War II and how those two events set the stage for the unprecedented population growth between 1946 and 1964. This is not only informative, it is entertaining as well.
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Format: Kindle Edition
In 1982, I was taking a sociology class for which we had to read this book. One day, a boy classmate showed a girl classmate his CliffNotes for Great Expectations, you know, by Charles Dickens. I didn't know them, so I said nothing. Weeks later, the girl classmate said to the boy "You know that's not the same book?"

I recall that I learned the phrase "Significant Other" from the book.
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Format: Paperback
That Landon Jones is also a scholar of Lewis and Clark should come as no surprise because his first book, Great Expectations, opened up territory no one else had explored and remains the best and most thorough study of the generation of Americans born between 1946 and 1964. Next time you hear or use the words "baby boom," you have Mr. Jones to thank, for this is the book that gave us that term. With a title like Great Expectations, you expect something great and you get it: articulate, insightful, and groundbreaking. Highly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
Jones succeeds gracefully in his historical and analytical look at America and our Baby Boom Generation. With uncanny insight and ability he leads us on a journey into our past and our future. I recommend it highly.
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