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“Particularly relevant in an election year... This book is full of data - on the economy, technology, and more - that will help millennials articulate their generational rage and help boomers understand where they’re coming from.” (The Washington Post)

“Jill Filipovic cuts through the noise with characteristic clarity and nuance. Behind the meme is a thoughtfully reported book that greatly contributes to our understanding of generational change.” (Irin Carmon, coauthor of the New York Times best seller Notorious RBG)

Baby Boomers are the most prosperous generation in American history, but their kids are screwed. In this eye-opening book, journalist Jill Filipovic breaks down the massive problems facing Millennials, including climate, money, housing, and healthcare.

In OK Boomer, Let’s Talk, journalist (and Millennial) Jill Filipovic tells the definitive story of her generation. Talking to gig workers, economists, policy makers, and dozens of struggling Millennials drowning in debt on a planet quite literally in flames, Filipovic paints a shocking and nuanced portrait of a generation being left behind: 

  • Millennials are the most educated generation in American history - and also the most broke.
  • Millennials hold just three percent of American wealth. When they were the same age, Boomers held 21 percent. 
  • The average older Millennial has $15,000 in student loan debt. The average Boomer at the same age? Just $2,300 in today’s dollars. 
  • Millennials are paying almost 40 percent more for their first homes than Boomers did. 
  • American families spend twice as much on healthcare now than they did when Boomers were young parents.

Filipovic shows that Millennials are not the avocado-toast-eating snowflakes of Boomer outrage fantasies. But they are the first American generation that will do worse than their parents. “OK, Boomer” isn’t just a sarcastic dismissal - it’s a recognition that Millennials are in crisis, and that Boomer voters, bankers, and policy makers are responsible. Filipovic goes beyond the meme, upending dated assumptions with revelatory data and revealing portraits of young people delaying adulthood to pay down debt, obsessed with “wellness” because they can’t afford real healthcare, and struggling to #hustle in the precarious gig economy. 

OK Boomer, Let’s Talk is at once an explainer and an extended olive branch that will finally allow these two generations to truly understand each other.

©2020 Jill Filipovic. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • Darren P. Auger
  • 13-08-2020

Just another cringe left wing millenial book

I'm also a millennial, but I'm completely embarrassed by my generation. We want the same things that Boomers had, but then we also encourage more immigration and low income housing in suburbia where degeneracy and diversity will ruin it. Our country is imploding from overpopulation, yet we want more open borders and more brown people to breed like flies. white liberal Millennials want more socialized programs to cover schooling, Healthcare and more support for lower-income people yet this will only encourage brown people making more babies, and thus impoverishing the rest of us. Once our generation holde political power, we're doomed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-08-2020

Millennial Attorney Leadership

It was such a pleasure hearing Jill Filipovic's analysis. I am a millennial attorney. Part of why I chose this career is because I wanted to help fix a broken legal system. Something that I have always wondered is how Boomer-lawyers could be so silent, and suffer from such a profound lack of moral consciousness. In almost every conversation I have with a client at my public interest firm, I have to preface my legal advice with a disclaimer: "I am telling you the way the laws work. I want you to understand that I am not condoning these laws, or promoting them as fair. I recognize that these laws are BS." I am exhausted from having to say that.

What struck me in listening to the audio-recording is how brave and different Filipovic is as a young lawyer. This book finds a perfect balance between academic rigor, and clarity of communication. I just want to thank her for her outstanding leadership, and her dedication to a profession that has underserved the public for decades.

PS- For a sequel, I would love to see someone write about Boomers gifting millennials the obesity crisis, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving forcing the adoption of the 21+ drinking age.

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  • Camper
  • 27-08-2020

Best examination of inter-generational dynamics

The author takes the reader on a deep and informative dive into the history of generational differences and offers a path forward together.

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