The Making of an Elder Culture Reviewed on

by: EJ on 01/22/2010
Posted in: Reviews

Frank Preyde is a boomer - and a book reviewer for He recently had the opportunity to read Theodore Roszak's, The Making of an Elder Culture: Reflections on the Future of America's Most Audacious Generation . He says, "The author focuses on the formidable strengths of the baby boomer generation, reminds us of the significant accomplishments of our youth and challenges us to again take up the good fight." Preyde, I suspect, is one reader who is ready and willing to do just that. You can see his entire review on

As a boomer of course I remember all that. Paul Goodman and Marcuse, weren't they with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band? Or maybe it was the Archies. In my more honest reflections on the youth I shared with so many I recall a generation which was inordinately self absorbed and allowed itself to be the most marketed to group in history. This has only become worse over the years. The same ad agency weasels who sold us everything from Che Guevara t-shirts to hash pipes are still selling Viagra and Depends, and we're still buying. Roszak has set the bar high for we boomers, but he reminds us of both our economic might and the lofty ideals of our youth.

As an academic of international repute, Roszak has written a thoroughly researched cerebral book, but it is written from the heart and with conviction. It is a hard book to put down, and as an aging boomer I found it to be exciting and optimistic. In some ways perhaps we boomers have fallen short of our great promise, but with The Making of an Elder Culture we are given a second chance.

It would seem that mine is not a generation which will go gently into that good night.

Do you share Frank Preyde's sentiments? Will boomers embrace the second chance described in The Making of an Elder Culture?

The Making of an Elder Culture


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