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This thoughtful, witty, disturbing study of middle-class suburbia examines the citizens of tomorrow in their present role as coddled, babied, and overindulged children. The author feels that this one-class society prevents its children from being aware of the social problems they will encounter later in life.
Hardcover, Book Club Edition
Published 1962 by Doubleday
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Faye Johnson
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I am currently re-reading this book after a period of years. The cautions raised by the author have proven far too accurate as we view the results in today's world. The lifestyles of the children raised in the environment described in the book have created a huge generation of young people who are incapable of the strengths and character of those raised in a less permissive and sheltered environment. When mom and dad hover and come to the rescue every time little Jimmy stubs his toe or little ...more
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Published in 1962, the insights in this book are still fresh. It describes the beginning of the youthquake, when children somehow became more important than the adults raising them. At the same time, they were starting to face all kinds of new pressures and influences on their lives unimagined by their parents. In some ways the depiction of housewives struggling to discipline their kids is quaint -- how many housewives are there left, after all? Well worth reading.
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Peter H. Wyden, born Peter Weidenreich, in Berlin to a Jewish family, was an American journalist and writer.

He left Nazi Germany and went to the United States in 1937. After studying at City University of New York, he served with the U.S. Army's Psychological Warfare Division in Europe during World War II. After the war, he began a career in journalism, during which he worked as a reporter for The