4 out of 4 stars
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The Way We Were is a book filled with written thoughts, lifestyle, and non-fictional events seen through the eyes of baby boomers.
Michael F. Kastre shared the life journey and perspectives of a baby boomer, a generation of children born in the United States between 1946 and 1964. They were also regarded as post-World War II babies. He highlighted significant incidents in the country and their influence on baby boomers through the eyes of a composite character known as James Michael Bennett and his interactions with other baby boomers. This book also contrasts the generalized thinking and mentality of the subsequent generations with the baby boomers.
Firstly, the sentence fluency of this book was straightforward and understandable. The author's grammatical delivery was basic and would not require any higher form of English literacy. Also, this book had a focused and centralized theme that revolved strongly around baby boomers. The storytelling was also basic and simplistic, as each chapter of the book followed a particular order. Each chapter started with notable events, music, politics, and trends of the era denoted in that chapter.
Many readers might not correctly understand most of the terminologies or concepts of this book. However, the writer made sure to provide notes with some helpful information. Additionally, the author recommended more profound online research for additional knowledge. Also, the writer embellished this book with pictures and a few online references that bolstered the book's appeal. To the author's credit, I learned a bit more about some United States' historical events and the perceived mentality of the different eras of the country.
The characters' dialogues were seamless and natural. Although they lacked humor or elements of comedy, I still enjoyed most parts of it. What counts as humor today might be different for baby boomers.
The writer shared his thoughts on Russia, white supremacy, racism, and controversial political figures like Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon, etc. Sharing these accounts from the writer's and other baby boomers' perspectives was intriguing. Also, the story progression of this book's primary character, James Michael Bennett, was done in an orderly fashion, and only significant and dramatic details were added to spice it up. The author emphasized exciting historical events, which was meant to keep the target readers invested as they'd find them riveting.
One downside of this book was that the timeline was not arranged well, as the writer's use of eras and periods was a bit confusing.
The editing was professional, though I spotted a few errors. Though I had some minor concerns, I would still rate The Way We Were 4 out of 4 stars. I would strongly recommend it to adult American readers and readers fascinated with American history.
The Way We Were
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