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End of The Good Life: How the Financial Crisis Threatens a New Lost Generation--and What We Can Do About It [Format Kindle]

Riva Froymovich

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“Froymovich debuts with an impressive presentation… A forcefully written treatment of the plight in which an increasing number of people find themselves.” (Kirkus )

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Financial journalist Riva Froymovich has good reason to be anxious about the financial turmoil facing Generation Y. This is her generation.

Indeed, Generation Y has suffered the brunt of the financial crisis and great recession. For those in the U.S. born after 1976, the American dream is a is becoming a nightmare. Swamped in student loan debt they’re postponing marriage and buying homes, unable to save money, and delaying having children.

The End of the Good Life: How the Financial Crisis Threatens a Lost Generation--and What We Can Do About It examines short-sighted government policies and initiatives that will wreak havoc on our youth. In addition to offering concrete policy suggestions, this book is driven by the touching personal stories of Americans and other young people around the globe affected by the financial crisis.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 924 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 242 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0062217844
  • Editeur : Harper Perennial (23 avril 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B009NGHQK4
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Well Written, Poorly Substantiated 9 août 2013
Par Wesley Jones - Publié sur Amazon.com
The author writes well, and on an interesting subject. The main argument is backed up with stories and anecdotes that do not substantiate her claims. The main thesis of this book is that those in the Millennial and Y generations are being raised in a U.S. economy that is not as good as the past few generations. She cites history, makes very interesting mention of policies that have contributed to this decline, and tries to stay politically neutral in her analysis, as we all know both parties have contributed to the current economic situation.

The author's thesis breaks down in the anecdotes and stories that are used to back up her analysis. She mentions a young man who was in debt by tens of thousands of dollars, having gone to a good school for a history and political science degree. This person was in instrumental in the occupy wall street movement and had looked for a job for several months, after having worked successfully until 2007 when the economy crashed. He began his school, to much sacrifice on his parents part, and ended up with no job. This is one of many similar stories she cites.

While this is a sad story, it breaks down on two fronts as I see it:

1) Did he expect to get a bachelor's degree in history/political science and get a job with that degree? Before incurring tens of thousands in debt, I would be certain my investment would get me a job that would help me pay that money back. History and Political Science, while noble things to study, are not great prospects for getting a job outside of academia.

2) This shows a lack of drive in the current generation more than a current economic situation. 40 years ago one would have flipped burgers, picked cherries, or found whatever job one could until the hard times passed. If anything this story and the others like it show less willingness to start at the bottom and work up than it does how the economy is going. Granted, 40 years ago you could achieve the American dream of home ownership and a family using a high school diploma, but times have changed, and the current generation does not seem to know how to deal with it.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thought provoking for generation Y 14 août 2013
Par Ella Schwartz - Publié sur Amazon.com
If you're in generation Y, like me, your parents told you to work hard, go to college, get good grades, and life would be easy. You'd get the best job and be making buckets of money. So I did all those things. I went to an Ivy League college and graduated with a great GPA. I got a decent job, and so did many of my friends. But... the promise of buckets of money never came. Most of us still rely heavily on our parents. If we have jobs, we still have a ton of debt. If we don't have jobs - well you can imagine.

In THE END OF A GOOD LIFE, Froymovich does a really good job explaining how Generation Y got into this mess. The personal stories tug at your heart. But, if you think it's all depressing, it's not. I actually felt empowered reading the book. Yes, the economy is broken and we need smart fiscal policies to help fix the problem. But, today we have opportunities like no generation before us. The author inspires Generation Y to make changes. The technology today will allow for innovation and innovation can spread globally like no other time in history.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A deeper version of the story you know 12 août 2013
Par Massman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Financial news writer Riva Froymovich clearly has a vested interest and passion in this book. She is the subject matter, a millennial. The book details a series of stories from all over the world showing the struggles of 20-somethings trying to find their economic footing in the midst of the great recession. Student debt, limited occupation choices, and emigration are common themes throughout the anecdotes. Ultimately the author's position is formed by her own perspective as the child of Russian immigrants who started with nothing and were able to build successful careers through nothing but perseverance and .... good timing?

The one shortcoming of the book is that it lacks a suggestive road-map to the future. That said, it is no obituary of economic mobility, merely a sign that not only in America, but internationally, a generation has been forced to reassess its goals and definitions of success as compared to those generations coming of age in the second half of the 20th century.

An interesting, easy and entertaining read.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Smart, Relevant - and a Wake Up Call 13 août 2013
Par Danielle - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book was extremely well written, interesting, insightful and offers a unique insider's perspective on the current state of Generation Y. Riva Froyomovich thoughtfully explores the experiences of Millenials around the world, whose personal stories are both touching and honest. Together as whole, she weaves a narrative for the generation, giving them a voice and shedding light on the broader trends pervading their worlds - the economic difficulties, the lost aspirations and the uncertainly of their future. A great read - for anyone of any age.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well-written, interesting book 2 septembre 2013
Par Ester M. - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book is very well-written. You can really get a sense of the amount time and research that was put into creating it. I love the anecdotes and quotes sprinkled throughout the book. It gives a life-like and entertaining spin on a topic that can be difficult to understand for those without any prior knowledge of the subject. This book is easy to read and enjoyable. I found it fun and interesting while learning something at the same time. I will be looking for more to come from this young and talented author!
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