Great Expectations: America & the Baby Boom Generation

(Coward McCann, New York, 1980)


Great Expectations is the story of 75 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964, a baby boom so extraordinary that it has affected every aspect of our society, from fads, fashions and music, to education, crime rates, and Social Security. This book coined the phrase “baby boomer” and in 1981 was a finalist for the American Book Award for Nonfiction.



A WORK OF REMARKABLE RANGE AND DEPTH which illuminates a subject close to every American home.”

— Fortune Magazine 

FIRST-RATE POPULAR SOCIAL HISTORY … A mirror in which older and younger Americans can see where they’ve been and where they may be heading.”

— Business Week

A SPRAWLING SAGA … The adventures of the baby boom …from birth in the suburbs, through television, rock ‘n’ roll, the Vietnam War and the Me Decade … THERE IS MUCH FUN TO BE HAD HERE!”

— The New York Times Book Review

FASCINATING … An important perspective on the years since World War II.”

— Los Angeles Times