The 25 Greatest Gen X Books of All Time

December 10, 2009

We gathered together with a small group of bookish friends and, after a few bottles of wine and some fisticuffs, we whipped up this list of the 25 books that best capture the spirit of our times, all written by authors who composed their masterpieces on computers instead of Underwoods, and were affected more directly by Nintendo than Nagasaki.

Pick up one (or 25) for the holidays to make your travels a bit more exciting.

2. Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus, Rick Perlstein
When we consider the sixties, we usually think of flower power, Beatlemania, and tear-gas-happy Chicago policemen. In this book and its equally brilliant sequel, Nixonland, Perlstein chronicles the real political revolution that changed America: the birth of the modern conservative movement.

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