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The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown [Format Kindle]

Paul Taylor , Pew Research Center

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The America of the near future will look nothing like the America of the recent past.

America is in the throes of a demographic overhaul. Huge generation gaps have opened up in our political and social values, our economic well-being, our family structure, our racial and ethnic identity, our gender norms, our religious affiliation, and our technology use.

Today’s Millennials—well-educated, tech savvy, underemployed twenty-somethings—are at risk of becoming the first generation in American history to have a lower standard of living than their parents. Meantime, more than 10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring every single day, most of them not as well prepared financially as they’d hoped. This graying of our population has helped polarize our politics, put stresses on our social safety net, and presented our elected leaders with a daunting challenge: How to keep faith with the old without bankrupting the young and starving the future.

Every aspect of our demography is being fundamentally transformed. By mid-century, the population of the United States will be majority non-white and our median age will edge above 40—both unprecedented milestones. But other rapidly-aging economic powers like China, Germany, and Japan will have populations that are much older. With our heavy immigration flows, the US is poised to remain relatively young. If we can get our spending priorities and generational equities in order, we can keep our economy second to none. But doing so means we have to rebalance the social compact that binds young and old. In tomorrow’s world, yesterday’s math will not add up.

Drawing on Pew Research Center’s extensive archive of public opinion surveys and demographic data, The Next America is a rich portrait of where we are as a nation and where we’re headed—toward a future marked by the most striking social, racial, and economic shifts the country has seen in a century.

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  • Editeur : PublicAffairs (4 mars 2014)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 MAJOR CHANGES ARE BLOWIN' IN THE WIND 4 mars 2014
Par Robert Steven Thomas - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is one of the most concise, well-written accounts of the growing divide among Americans that I have ever encountered. It is brave, honest, direct, unbiased and drives straight at the heart of our current political & societal disconnect. While it does not offer very many workable answers (they are all so varied and complex it demands greater participation to resolve) it does get a number of the most important problems out on the table so that a wider group of concerned individuals can begin to grapple with the solutions. As the chasm continues to expand over the next couple of decades, this dilemma will necessarily attract more and more individual participation. I f you want to get a head start on the coming debate read this compelling book.
52 internautes sur 56 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Dive into the sea of statistical data book offers, it will certainly keep you interested 14 mars 2014
Par Helpful Advice - Publié sur Amazon.com
‘The Next America’ written by Paul Taylor with a help from Pew Research Center research is an interesting book that through a variety of statistical data gives an accurate picture of what is America today and to what extent such picture is different from what it used to be in the past, or what some would like to think it is.

The book is presented in a manner known to those who follow the activities of the Pew Research Center, providing many statistical figures, charts and reports combined with the author's interpreting - therefore, except for the reading it could be an ideal source of useful data for further use, as a reference for other works.

‘The Next America’ is divided into 12 chapters that provide statistical information grouped by specific categories, named in the funny way which will immediately associate the reader what particular chapter is about such as Whither Marriage?, Nones on the Rise or Empty Cradle, Gray World.

Paul Taylor’s book is not too long, and on its 200 pages of text offers a fairly accurate picture in which direction America is heading that might not appeal to some, especially on the subject of exceptional growing divide between US residents. The author is not afraid to get on tricky issues like religion, sex or drugs while maintaining objectivity and a neutral attitude, trying to present data without politicization.

I personally was very interested to see trends that coincide very closely with my personal assumptions in which direction the future of America is going, so I believe you as well will find some answers in this book, or you may be intrigued to ask some new questions. In any case, I suggest you to dive into the sea of data book offers; ‘The Next America’ will certainly keep you interested for some time.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book is a page turner. 29 mars 2014
Par Jan Miller - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I love the way the stats are disaggregated and made understandable for the lay person. There are even bits of humor here and there, if you can believe that. I read this on my kindle which does not do justice to the charts but I purchased a hard copy for my daughter who is very interested in social research so that she can have a "hard copy" on which to make notes. Being in the Silent Generation myself, I found that the solutions/observations about the younger and older generations being more alike than oppositional were encouraging.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Why All the Knocks on Social Security? 6 août 2014
Par George Fulmore - Publié sur Amazon.com
The author is the Executive Vice President of the Pew Research Center. In the prefix, we are promised a lot of statistics. That promise is kept. That is what I liked most about the book.

As examples, he tells us that about 4 million babies are born each year in the U.S., plus another 1 million enter as legal immigrants. This is offset by the deaths of about 2.5 million Americans, for a net increase of about 2.5 million per year. That's good to know. We also learn that only about 51% of American adults are married these days, and that women are the primary breadwinners in about 4 in 10 American homes. Plus, fewer than one third of black adults today are married. And, nearly 3 in 10 American households now contain only one person.

We are also told that Barack Obama is President today primarily because of the votes coming from the young and the non-whites.

That is the good stuff. The bad stuff, in my opinion, comes when the author is surprisingly negative about the future of Social Security and Medicare, almost like he has bought into all the simplistic Paul Ryan/Republican Party arguments. In several parts of the book, he gives very negative reports on how Social Security works and may work in the future. I'll not go into my rebuttals of all that here.
My point is that if the author would have left that stuff out, it would have been a better book.

His Chapter 4, for example, seems like it belongs in a book on personal finance, one that is very conservative in its thinking. And when he says that "More than 7 in 10 Millennials do not expect Social Security to be their main source of retirement income, he gets himself in more trouble. Social Security has NEVER been projected to be the main source of anyone's income. It is designed to pay about 1/3 of the bills in retirement.

And, in the next chapter, he falls into the trap that most retirees of the future will not have pension incomes. That has been known for decades. My bet is that most Boomers will not pension incomes. Thank God for Social Security. No, if you want more information on personal finances, I'd suggest you read a different book, one that has a better balance on this subject.

Because in yet another example we're told, in so many words, that the typical Boomer will be a financial burden to the Millenniums. Later in the book, however, we find the mention that many of the Millenniums are still living at home. For free! So when the author criticizes Social Security with statements like, "Nothing in life is free," I'd advise taking that with a grain of salt.
And in a short definition of Boomers, the author says "Boomers are gloomy about their lives, worried about retirement, and wondering why they aren't young anymore." That is just plain nonsense, as any voyage on a cruise ship will attest.

I think the author could have gotten more mileage in the book from his comparisons of Millenniums and Boomers, especially because one is entering retirement, as the other is entering the workforce. And the author tells us that he does not want to overgeneralize in this area. He says, "there are as many different personality types within a generation as across generations." Maybe that is why he hardly got off the ground in this book in his comparisons of the two generations.

Moving on, the book's chapter on immigration and immigrants is a good one. It is very positive, with the author saying, "Immigration is the engine that makes and remakes America." He adds that "For consumers, they're a blessing...." And that "they're a net benefit to the federal government."

But I found his chapter on Black Americans a bit patronizing. A better chapter, I think, is the one on marriage. That is an area where things have really changed, and the statistics back that up. Ours is no longer a country of Ozzie and Harriet families. That is for sure. But he makes sure that the reader understands that the rise in children out of wedlock is not primarily from teen births. It's mostly from women in their 20s and 30s. And, most of them have live-in boyfriends. He also tells us that a primary reason why the number of divorces is in decline is because the number of marriages is in decline. Bet you didn't know that one.

Finishing things off, there are chapters on religion, the digital toys and who uses them or does not use them, and, then, a chapter on getting old.

In the final chapter, he starts with the old story of Ida May Fuller, who got the first Social Security check and, per many, did not deserve the money she got after that. My suggestion would be to let Ida rest in peace, not use her for one more hit in your book over the futures of Social Security and Medicare. But the author chooses to end the book with the advice that our American safety net needs to be modernized and that "The old math doesn't work anymore."

Thank God, at this point, he did not suggest that Paul Ryan has the answers. That could have made me throw the book against a wall.

So, this is, obviously, a mixed review. I liked many of the statistics I got, and I enjoyed reading about half of the chapters. But, in my opinion, the book could and should have been better, especially coming from a high-ranking member of the prestigious Pew Research Center.
11 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Required Reading 28 mars 2014
Par Ron Carlson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Excellent translation of data to useful information. The book should serve as a ready handbook and reference for anyone interested and involved (that should be all of us) in the changing nature of today's society. Without a ready understanding of our demographics, its impossible to grasp the import of the issues ranging from early childhood education to support services for older adults.
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