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My Generation: Reviews

Fifty Years of Sex, Drugs, Rock, Revolution, Glamour, Greed Valor Faith and Silicon Chips

What They Said About My Generation:

“Trenchant… well dramatized… thought provoking and unusual… a thorough cultural history.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Hugely entertaining… Effective cinematic technique… Gross is a great interviewer. This book is reminiscent of Gay Talese’s mammoth book on sex in America, Thy Neighbor’s Wife. In that book, Talese got his sources to reveal the details of the most intimate moments of their lives — and not one of them went off the record. Gross also inspired trust in his subjects. The More Things Change is a brilliantly reported story.” — The Orlando Sentinel

“Exhaustively researched… Michael Gross traces the lives of 19 baby boomers–from high-profile celebrities like Donald Trump and the rap impresario Russell Simmons to… a mix of former nerds, druggies, revolutionaties and erstwhile activists… against the backdrop of current events… The real action is with Steve Capps, a software architect for Microsoft, and the high-tech explosion. [The] unifying thread in the latter part of the book is Clinton-bashing — Gross’s boomers nearly all seem to see the president and first lady as representing the worst of their generation. ‘The First Bacilli of the disease of our age,’ [political cartoonist Doug] Marlette calls the Clintons, ‘where narcissism meets obsessive compulsion.'” — New York Times Book Review

“A wide-ranging work… My Generation draws on subjects anecdotes and experiences like a palette to paint a broader picture…Mr. Gross offers detailed insight into the history, challenges and dilemmas of a generation.” — Red Herring, May, 2000

“Thought provoking, and haunted.” — The Arizona Repubic

“The best insights into Boomer thought and behavior since Landon Y. Jones studied their initial impact twenty years ago in Great Expectations… Gross deftly blends highly individual and idiosyncratic biographies into a collective generational timeflow… [and] provides both familiar and new takes on 1960s events… More importantly, Gross transports us beyond the ’60s and into the new century… career, money, marriage, children, divorce and job loss… computer, cable and the Internet industry.” — Heterodoxy, June/July 2000

“Nineteen baby boomers — all activists or revolutionaries in one way or another — chronicle their lives, experiences, hopes, failures, successes and fears in Michael Gross’ extraordinary new book… A must read for all those who ponder yesterday, today and tomorrow.” — Liz Smith, syndicated columnist

“[Gross] incorporates a cast of 19 protagonists, a running history of the United States in the last six decades, and a stunning array of asides, digressions, and fascinating little facts… He’s a fine writer, the book contains fascinating information… The More Things Change is fun, trivia-packed and a great summer read… ” — Seattle Weekly

“What’s the best way to tell the tale of the baby boomers?…Watch them live through the assassinations of the Kennedys and Martin Luther King Jr., the sexual revolution, drugs, the Vietnam War and rock ‘n’ roll before capitulating, or refusing to capitulate, to “Middle Age.”… This generation may have had the pretensions and recklessness of revolutionaries, but for the most part they’ve ended up far more diverse — and more like their parents — than they would have ever dreamed… The true heroes have been the dogged, diligent nerds. Their silver bullet is the Internet. Its universal information has threatened illegitimate governments as no self-appointed subversives ever could. At the end of the millennium, [The More Things Change] offers the long view on the boomer generation, and its crowning triumph: ‘We’ve put windows in walls. And we should be proud of it.'” — The Industry Standard, March 27, 2000

“Challenging and comprehensive… evocative collective biography.” — Chicago Daily Southtown

“A sprawling rock-and-roll history of 19 Boomers… an amazingly diverse dramatis personae… A wonderful generational saga that is hard to put down. Gross manages to blend highly idiosynchratic biographies into a collective generational time flow.” — Society, July/August 2001

“Ambitious… unsettling… Gross gets kudos for looking beyond the 1960s. He spends time in Silicon Valley and some of his best passages chronicle the birth of computer technology.” — The Denver Post

“Conceptually ingenious, deftly written and riveting from start to finish. With ‘The More Things Change,’ Michael Gross emerges as the Herodotus of contempo American culture. The grim, hysterical and absolutely, mind-blowingly true history of themselves that baby boomers deserve.” — Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight

“A fascinatingly different way at looking at an era — revealing and mesmerizing, entertaining and thoughtful.” — Tama Janowitz, novelist

“Gross is out to challenge popular assumptions… He proves his point by profiling 19 Americans who demonstrate the distance boomers have traveled and how — far from being stuck in a groove — their lives have shifted… The book serves up the original Woodstock, and Woodstock ’98 — with plenty of decadence in-between.” — W magazine

“Interweaves personal experiences with larger observations about the life and times of the generation [into] a narrative that holds together suprisingly well… This book will simultaneously benefit historians of the Sixties and those who just want to remember their former vanities.” — Library Journal

“Worth picking up… Indeed, if you kick back and read My Generation in one sitting, as fast as possible, it’s a bit like popping Orange Sunshine. The huge cast of characters careens across three decades, driving headlong into middle age in a bewildering carnival of overlapping circles filled with sex, drugs, politics, and money.” — East Bay Express

“Steal this book.” — Ocean Drive

“A large-scale biography of an outsize generation… ” — Atlanta Journal and Constitution

“Gross’s bittersweet look at baby boomers and their culture is certain to induce a wave of nostalgia among his peers.” — Publishers Weekly

“Contrasting their wild-child youths in the 1960s and their mature perch atop the media and entertainment industries, the computer industry and politics, [The More Things Change] will serve as a catalyst [for boomers] to recall their own strange trips.” — Booklist Review

“The ultimate in high-school reunion newsletters — we finally learn how it turned out for both the cool kids and some of the nerds… an intruiging lineup.” — New York Daily News

“Gross sorts out Boomer confusion and angst.” — San Francisco Chronicle