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The Ones We've Been Waiting for: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America

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An optimistic look at the future of American leadership by a brilliant young reporter

A new generation is stepping up. There are now twenty-six millennials in Congress--a fivefold increase gained in the 2018 midterms. They are governing Midwestern cities and college towns, running for city councils, and serving in state legislatures. They are acting urgently on climate
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Viking
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Charlotte Alter
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I am biased, because I wrote this book. After Trump's election, I could sense that something was changing in America-- the government was older and whiter than ever before, even as a generation of diverse, mostly progressive millennials were on the rise. I knew that wouldn't last forever: today's young upstarts are tomorrow's leaders, and so I've spent the last three years traveling the country talking to young political leaders about what they want American to be.

This book is about the
Cassandrah Woyak
This book was incredibly well written and easily understandable, which for someone who doesnt know all the lingo (or most if Im being honest) about government is very helpful. I learned so much from this book that is so important for this upcoming election.

I also learned a lot about my own generation - millennials. When most people think of us, its usually with a negative connotation. And to be honest I have too. However, reading about how boomers raised us and how what they did defined us and
Scott Carter
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am an old white guy who will one day rest easier in his grave if the good people that Charlotte Alter writes so ably about in her brilliant new book are running the world and saving our democracy.
Tessa Whitehead
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alter is a brilliant, insightful, and revolutionary writer. This book is incredibly well researched and thorough with thoughtful and cutting commentary. Cannot recommend highly enough.
An easy, breezy read with a hopeful message in these dark political and social times where we teeter on the brink of disaster daily, and where each fresh news report brings with it responses ranging from head-shaking and muttering to outright rage and despair. But don't despair - yet! The Ones We've Been Waiting For..." offers great dollops of hope because a fresh breeze is about to blow in to town and clean things up.

I have been raising one of these Game Changers and I didn't realize it, but I
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I dont often right reviews of books, but I really enjoyed this one and want to help promote it to others who may be on the fence about picking it up.

So much of our lives and politics are simplified down to viral memes that provide little context and nuance but an abundance of stereotypes and assumptions. The fact that this book is the opposite of that left me feeling refreshed. While it certainly leans liberal in its coverage of millennial leaders, I feel like the author did a great job of
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I really enjoyed this. It was enlightening to get this perspective. Having lived through all the key turning points in millennial's lives, it helped me a lot to see them from their perspective and to learn more about a number of key elected millennials. And it makes me very optimistic for the future. I still don't think Buttigieg should be President, but I hope he finds a place where he can put all his skills to good use. Dan Crenshaw scares the hell out of me, though.
Trey Grayson
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alter is a great storyteller and does a great job in this book of stitching together a series of profiles of millennial politicians into a coherent whole. I especially enjoyed learning about some of the less well-known politicians. Her research was thorough and unearthed an unknown (to me at least) account of the influence that AOCs cross country road trip to a tribal protest on her approach to the power of social media in political narrative.

Her narration of the audiobook brings even more life
Johnny Bowman
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Soooooo many incredible nuggets here. No spoilers but I ate this up.
Sopan Deb
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte has written an incredibly sharp, detailed and well-researched treatise about how millennial politics has been shaped. In some ways, the book is a brilliant defense of the millennial generation as a whole. But context is important here. Charlotte points out that millennials are the last generation to grow up both with and without the internet. She examines how the constant state of war and the 2008 recession affected views of younger generations, both culturally and otherwise.

And she
Jenny GB
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways. Thank you!

This book's task is to try to define the millennial politicians on both sides of the aisle. The author first describes the major historical events that shape the millennial perspective, then works through the Obama and Trump years talking about the young politicians that are running for office and winning spots in state or local government. Along the way, she tries to find differences between them and previous generations
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hopeful Societal Direction

Fine portrayals in political activism.
My thought was that the millennials are taking the ball from the 60s/70s when it sure looked like we were headed towards a more inclusive Society. The oligarchs took the ball.
More regulations as well as voting rights were compromised; we were complacent - many were too busy to be involved.
After this excellent read,
I feel confident that the millennials are the ones weve been waiting for.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
A very interesting and accessible book that makes a lot of great points. I think the author focuses too heavily on the Boomer/millennial split and completely overlooks any distinction between GenXers and Millennials. That said this is very insightful into millennials voting tendencies and features several rising stars. ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fascinating. As an older millennial, I spent so much of the book nodding my head and feeling like the author was talking about me. Because she was!

Im glad the book ends on a positive note with the future of the Democratic Party in Pete Buttigieg and AOCs hands. They give me hope, a limited resource these days.
Gina M. Schade
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very interesting read! I normally don't read books about politics, but this book intrigued me as it explained what life experiences helped shape the positions of the younger politicians and spurred them to run for office.
John Tyson
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I generally shy away from books where the focus is on current political issues. However, I heard good reviews on this book, and I must say it did not disappoint. Its hard to imagine ~300 pages more succinctly and neatly summarizing the millennial psyche in American politics without being overly theoretical, one-sided, or preachy. Charlotte lays out the facts and shares interesting and inspiring stories while doing just that. ...more
Michael Hutchison
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable book. Being an old boomer I wanted to know something about millennials. What defines them, makes them tick, their momentous events. What defines them politically and personally. This book delivers on that and a mini biography on individuals that ran and won seats in government in the mid term. The millennials are the next generation that will be running the country. They are taking over now and I'm glad to see it. Also glad to see they are more diverse, inclusive, and liberal. Out with ...more
Isabel  Hope
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is so incredible. Please read it.
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book fabulously documents the rise of millennials in American politics and pinpoints the cultural moments that had an impact on this new generation of policymakers and leaders. It's a quick read and fabulously detailed, not necessarily offering a profile of each millennial leader, but more showcasing those cultural moments.
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yes, yes, yes.

I'm in the boomer generation but I think DC needs a thorough cleansing of the old white men who've been in Congress far too long. It's preposterous to me that there are senators and representatives that were born before the ballpoint pen was invented (1938) - Dianne Feinstein (1933) and Chuck Grassley (1933). Bernie Sanders (1941) and Mitch McConnell (1942) are not much younger.

I was overjoyed with the 2018 mid-term election results, bringing younger and more diverse folks to
Maggie MacDonald
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I laughed, I cried, I felt hope, and hopeless. Maybe written with the slightest rose colored tint on the glasses, but regardless its a fantastic book about the influences that have and will shape the future millennial leaders of the United States. ...more
Richard Bowman
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So far my personal 'book of the year'. A well researched and written insight on today and tomorrow politics and how Millenials see the world.
***I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway***

More like a 2.5, actually.

My hope for this book was that it would be about how Millennials (in politics or otherwise) approach leadership differently than the generations who came before. There are some significant differences that should be interesting to look at...what works, what doesn't, and where things are going. My fear for this book was that it would be a rehashing of the Boomer vs. Millennial debate.'s not a total rehashing, but it
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After what has felt like a disheartening 2020 primary season, a little bit of hope.
Tyler Hall
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is just a lovely collection of fantastic insights and behind the scenes access to some of my favorite political stars. Alter weaves a narrative around a brilliantly direct thesis that keeps your fingers turnin and your mind churnin buy it or borrow my copy ❤❤ ...more
Don Heiman
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In 2020 Charlotte Alter authored and released through Random House an exceptional book The Ones Weve Been Waiting For: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America. Her research and clear writing skills explain the shift occurring today in American politics as power transfers from the baby boom generation of the 1950s and 60s to the millennial generation of 1981 to 1996. This transfer is based on social changes caused by digital age technologies, and changing social values that ...more
I find myself in a unique and totally unexpected position, that of viewing the current US Presidential campaigns as they could affect my children and, especially, my grandchildren. In my late 70's , myself, that many of the frontrunners at this time are my age or no more than twelve years my junior is concerning. I'm not sure how much longer I'll be around--or be at least physically and mentally what about these politicians? Charlotte Alter's admirable research has convinced me ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lady-bookclub
I appreciate what the author was trying to accomplish here in highlighting millennial political leaders and how the larger impact of their generation affects their worldview but ultimately I think she fell short of reaching any valid or unique conclusions and instead it felt more like a mashup of an article about a handful of well known millennials (Pete Butigieg and AOC) and an article about millennials in general and did not successfully weave those two together or draw any conclusions.

Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I hear millennials talked about as if were not in the room all the time. Were killing businesses. Were addicted to social media. But this book is written from the inside. It grasps the formation of millennial ideology better than anything Ive read before. It motivated me to get off the couch and become the type of person who would be profiled like this. Of course I read this while the CDC is forbidding me from getting off my couch and getting within 6 feet of anybody else, so Ill have to figure ...more
Ben Deutsch
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I picked this one up as a book club rec for my group text of college friends. I tore through it pretty quickly which always grantees at least a four star review. It was an uplifting read in a time of uncertainty, contrasting the at times head-in-the-sand leadership style of the Boomer generation with the more forward looking vision of up and coming millennials not just in terms of solutions, but in approach. Alter paints a picture of a generation less divided on goals and more divided on means ...more
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Charlotte Alter is a national correspondent for TIME. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Crimson and has appeared on Good Morning America, Morning Joe, The Last Word, and CNN's Reliable Sources. She co-hosts a Sirius XM radio show on Radio Andy called Alter Family Politics. Previously she worked for Jenni Konner on GIRLS.

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