Review: Millennials Rising–The Next Great Generation

4 Star, Culture, Research

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4.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting, Informative, Good Benchmark for Reflection,

September 24, 2001
Neil Howe
I was very impressed by the author's earlier book, Generations, and when this one came along I grabbed it, for I have three children in the 1982-1998 birth date range that demarcates the Millennial Generation.

As we come away from the 11 September attack on America, the horrors of genocide from Kosovo to Burundi to East Timor, the stock market crash and the threat of recession, this book is nothing if not uplifting.
I strongly recommend this book for anyone who has children, deals with children or young employees, or who likes to speculate on where the future will take us.
According to the authors, and their earlier book provides a very fine and well-research foundation for their prognostications, the Millennial Generation is the next “great generation” and it will be fully capable of rising to the many challenges that face us all.
Especially encouraging is their view that much of the malaise felt by our teenagers in the post Cold-War years is being rapidly eliminatedour young people appear, at least in the most developed portions of the world, to be moving decisively toward a kinder and gentler demeanor, including a restoration of family values.
The structure of the book is useful (see the table of contents) but there is one very serious deficiency for a book of this caliberthere is no index. When I went to see all the references to “culture wars”, the one somber note in this otherwise very positive assessment of the future, the lack of an index prevented me from using the book as a reference work.
This gives rise to my one concern about this generation (I have three children in the Millennials), and that is their lack of international studies and comparative religion training. It is my impression that even the best of our schools are failing to teach foreign affairs and global conditions, and failing to show how what happens beyond our water's edge has a direct bearing on our future peace and prosperitythe author's would have done well to spend more time on the differences between our US-born millennials and foreign millennials (whom they characterize as several years behind but on the same track), and to address the gaps in our education of this otherwise stellar generation.

Every parent and teacher, and every politician who wants to be elected in the next 20 years, needs to read this book. If Hollywood and other purveyors of products to the 10-25 year old marketplace were to read this book, we might get to a kinder and gentler broadcast, print media, literature, and family entertainment culture even more quickly than the book predicts.
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