They’re an aging bunch. Many will retire soon (if they can). Emerging dinosaurs–that’s all they are–so why should anyone care about what happened to them and what they did about it? It’s a valid question, but there are good reasons to learn from what happened to the boomers and what they did about it.

First of all, we MUST learn from history or we are doomed to repeat its mistakes–or something like that. The bigger problem is that few learn from history because few read history and even fewer of those who read history retain much of what they read. And therein lies the benefit of reading historical fiction: when you read fiction that’s based on actual events you get to see an author’s concept of how people might have been changed by what was going on and how they may have changed the status quo. It’s far more enlightening than reading a history book to pass a test.

Then consider that there are about 80,000,000 baby boomers in America today, and these same individuals created the world we live in today. They represent the transition between “old” and “new” because the boomers built the bridge that connected the two and created a cultural earthquake in the process. Prior to the 1950’s, life was different. We fought wars because we’d been attacked. Black people were called Negroes and had no civil rights. Few women worked and even fewer thought about burning their bras. There was no birth control pill and sexual liberation was considered morally felonious. Abortion was a crime and orphanages were plentiful. No president in recent history, and certainly no president who represented so much to so many, had been assassinated.

So think about these issues when you read Descent from the Hill–and afterwards. It’s all there–and then some.