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The Real Greatest Generation

The generation Tom Brokaw praised won an extraordinary peace against true evil. But boomers did more than give us tie-dye and ABBA. They changed society monumentally.

By TOM KEANE
July 27, 2008

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Tom Brokaw named those who came of age during World War II the "Greatest Generation," but for my money the "greatest" sobriquet belongs to the sex-crazed, drug-addled, rock-'n'-roll-addicted revolutionaries who followed them. I know, this sounds inane. The World War II generation was raised in the economic caldron of the Great Depression; the boomers were the well-fed children of the ... (Full article: 758 words)

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