100 Predictions for the Baby Boom: The Next 50 Years

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CHAPTER 6
THE NEW BELIEVERS

For almost two decades, the nation has held its breath, waiting for the baby boom to make its mark in politics. It hasn't happened yet. Ever since Eugene McCarthy ran in the Presidential primaries of 1968—the year that the oldest baby boomer turned 22—the country has expected more out of the baby boom than it cared to give. In the election of 1972, when the oldest baby boomer was 26, all eyes were on George McGovern—could he pull it off with the baby boom's help? But the baby boom didn't deliver.

Though some boomers were old enough to vote as far back as 1968, few did. This failure is not unique to

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Preface 7
  • Contents 11
  • Chapter 1 - Predictions 15
  • Chapter 2 - The Boom 27
  • Middle Age *
  • Chapter 3 - The New Rules 53
  • Chapter 4 - The New Homemakers 83
  • Chapter 5 - The New Consumers 129
  • Chapter 6 - The New Believers 157
  • Old Age *
  • Chapter 7 - The New Old 169
  • Chapter 8 - What the Baby Boom Will Die of 187
  • Chapter 9 - Conclusion 203
  • Notes 209
  • Index 239
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