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Zero Hour for Gen X: How the Last Adult Generation Can Save America from Millennials

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In Zero Hour for Gen X, Matthew Hennessey calls on his generation, Generation X, to take a stand against tech-obsessed millennials, apathetic baby boomers, utopian Silicon Valley “visionaries,” and the menace to top them all: the soft totalitarian conspiracy known as the Internet of Things. Soon Gen Xers will be the only cohort of Americans who remember life as it was live
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Published August 14th 2018 by Encounter Books
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Elena
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not much of a prescription, but a great account of how the last analog generation differs from the rest.
Erica O'Shea
Feb 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Ugh. What a waste of a day. While I initially enjoyed the relatable reminiscence about what the world used to be like, it took Hennessey 122 pages to get to his super anticlimactic point. Get offline and buy a paper, says the newspaper editor ... sure, okay, that’ll save us all. Sigh.
Leftjab
Dec 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
The first half of this book should have been an audiobook narrated by Dana Carvey’s Grumpy Old Man from SNL: In my day we didn’t have SAFE playground equipment. We had slides made out of reflective steel that roasted in the sunlight so that you got third degree burns on your legs when you slid and WE LIKED IT! WE LOVED IT!

(Then the second half would have been better if narrated by David Huddleston in The Big Lebowski: My advice to you sir is to do what your parents did – get a job. Do you hear
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Monica
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Michael
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
I agree with large parts of this, which doesn’t necessarily make it particularly insightful. He basically rails against tech for 150 pages. Ironically it reads like a tweet storm. I hate Millennial culture and mindset as much as any other good Xer but this book was a slog, despite its short length. I did appreciate that he pointed out that Donald Trump’s rise was largely due to taking advantage of Millennial tactics and tools - a fact that no one seems to talk about.
Jennifer
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I went to the library in search of something to give voice to everything I have been feeling lately, not really expecting to find it. But lo and behold, I came across this book. Mr. Hennessy, you nailed it. For my millennial friends who may be offended, this book isn’t hating on your generation. It’s just a much needed wake-up call, pointing out where we are headed and the need to pump the brakes. A well-written, fast read that has left me questioning everything that I have accepted blindly for ...more
Holly Mcentee
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
OK, so he’s Alex Keaton and I’m more like the girl from Heathers but DAMN if I didn’t twig to a whole lotta shit in this slim book...not sure I buy his “solution” since it seems heavily oriented on parents (dude, you have FIVE FUCKING KIDS???!?!!) but still a very very worthy read for we Gen Xers...if for no other reason to tprealize, damn, we are not alone.
beno hwang
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Robert Kenyon
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spot on about the generational dynamic, and especially the "Internet Of Things". ...more
Steven
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you’re like me and identify as Generation X, those born between the “Baby Boom” and the “Millennials” this book recounts our time with nostalgia and creates a nice walk down memory lane. It also explains why our generation tends to know more about The Beatles, Vietnam, and hippies in the 1960s than we know about our own youth culture. The real contribution this book makes is that it makes the case that our generation is the last to remember life without mobile phones, the internet, Google, an ...more
Don Incognito
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
I admit I didn't learn much or otherwise benefit greatly from reading this short book. Just saw the anguish of a fellow Generation Xer who is somewhat older than I (I was born in 1980 while he's in his early-to-mid-forties) and feels more in the midst of the warped horror presented by the millennial generation. Nothing more than that. The cultural analysis simply wasn't as extensive and illuminating as I hoped; and the advice boils down to: whenever possible, refuse to cooperate with the increas ...more
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