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Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation Is Shaping Our World

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A millennial examines how his generation is profoundly impacting politics, business, media, and activism

They’ve been called trophy kids, entitled, narcissistic, the worst employees in history, and even the dumbest generation. But, argues David Burstein, the millennial generation’s unique blend of civic idealism and savvy pragmatism will enable us to overcome a deeply divid
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Beacon Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Amanda
Feb 17, 2014 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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"It has been said of the millenial generation that they are spoiled by technology, coddled by parents and educational institutions, lazy in the workplace, and disengaged from social and political movements. ... The effects of this generation's pragmatic idealism can already be seen throughout the world, from the founding of socially-minded businesses in America to political activism across the Middle East
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Merredith
Feb 11, 2013 Merredith rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free to review, but it's most certainly one I would have wanted to read anyway. Technically, at 34, I am a couple years older than the millennial generation, but generation x goes for a long time, and I'm certainly not in that. Their ideals don't match mine at all, and all of the millennial ones match mine exactly. I was so excited as i was saying everything I always say and think. Yes, as I read the book, I was excitedly pointing out excerpts to my millennial friends an ...more
Elizabeth
Jul 18, 2013 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Interesting & hopeful read, although it misses somewhat aspects of Millennials I've come to know. A bit light on critical analysis. Burstein emphasizes their "civic-mindedness", But I've also seen this as social connectedness. And by this I mean Millennials tend to be very supportive of each other socially, and to do things in groups. Close-knit groups of their close friends form support structures that allow them to be resilient in the face of personal and financial stresses such as the rec ...more
Melissa
Jan 27, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book as part of the Goodreads First Reviews.

Very interesting and nuanced look at the biggest generation since the Boomers. It talks quite a bit about civic Millenials and their uses of technology but needs to outline the new/old social networks built by Millenials including close-knit global friendships taking the place of suburban nuclear families. It would be interesting to have more emphasis too on millenials in the work place. It is interesting too what it says about the impact te
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Chi Pham
Aug 11, 2013 Chi Pham rated it liked it
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I received this book through the Goodreads Giveaways initiative.

An insight into the Millenial Generation from a Millenial, this book will make a good read for people outside of the Millenial generation, and hopefully even the Millenial generation themselves. Covering vast territories, from technologies to economics and politics, David Burstein shows us what the American Millenials are doing/achieving, the challenges they are facing, and the way they are connecting with Millenials around the wor
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Liz
Feb 20, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a first reads give-away. As a member of the Millenial generation this book is about, much of it resonated with me. It is interesting to see the mentalities I see in myself and my friends summed up. It is also nice to hear positive things about my generation, since we often are called apathetic and entitled. It is a good book if you want to understand what motivates our generation and how we think about ourselves and the world we live in.

This book did get long winded, with lot
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Emily
Feb 16, 2014 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I am on the older side of the Millennial Generation, but really didn't identify with any of this book. It seems more of a description of Millennials and a lot of defensive remarks. I am not sure I understand "how the Millennial generation is shaping our future" as the book stated more where we are rather than where we are going.

It was a fine book and I can tell the author put a lot if work into it, but it never held my attention.

I received this book for free as part of the Goodreads First Read
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Bonnie M. Benson
Aug 09, 2013 Bonnie M. Benson rated it really liked it
Written by a millenial, it reaffirmed my belief that yes,there is hope for the future and we're in good hands. As young people coming of age in these less than booming times, they are a lot more optimistic about the future and their prospects than most people age 40 and older.
Yes, they have a much better handle on technology than the older crowd and they also seem to be better at sharinrg -- Creative Commons, Open Source, etc. They also share a more global view of the world and life.
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Jan
Mar 19, 2013 Jan rated it it was ok
I'm sorry, I tried twice but I just couldn't get into this book. Since I have two kids at the younger edge of this group I thought it would provide insight into them but rather than being a lay-friendly discussion of their trials and tribulations it was a densely-written paeon to the generation. Not what I was looking for, but I'm sure of interest to others.
Natalia Quintero
Jun 10, 2013 Natalia Quintero rated it liked it
Very easily read, not sufficiently balanced on the pros and cons of millennials though a good summary of the events and forces that shape our generation. Ironically, just a bit too idealistic.
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