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Where have all the grown-ups gone?
At the close of the twentieth century, adults have regressed toward adolescence while adolescents refuse to become adults. Respect for elders has given way to the furious competition of peers or siblings who strive not to be good or great but to be famous. Community has been supplanted by TV and the Internet. So: where have all the grown-ups gone?
No one answers this question with greater eloquence than Bly, who offers a dramatic reinterpretation of trends as diverse as corporate downsizing and the collapse of the American family. With a vision that encompasses politics, economics, and psychology as well as the ancient stories of jack and the Beanstalk and the Hindu god Ganesha, Bly looks unblinkingly into our national soul and produces a brave, redemptive book of genuine moral authority.
"Bly has manfully shouldered one of a poet's traditional responsibilities: to lift up important ideas for the good of the people."--The Washington Post Book World