"You wrote a book?" I incredulously asked Pete Seat as we stood in Dulles International Airport, waiting to board our flight to New Delhi, via Amsterdam.
I wasn't incredulous because I couldn't believe Pete, himself, had written a book, rather, I couldn't believe that someone my age (well, younger by exactly two days, we discovered during our airport discussion), with a similar professional background and upbringing, had written a whole book.
Pete Sh*t, as I affectionately call him (this nickname isn't meant to be disparaging whatsoever - apparently this is the Indian translation of his last name - see the article below), did in fact write a whole book, and it's pretty darn great, so I'm going to sing its praises in this little blog post.
The War On Millennials is a tremendously topical and relatable little tome. Creatively structured like a play with acts and scenes - an homage to Pete's background as a Theatre Arts major at the University of Arizona - the book first describes how various groups have failed us Millennials. Notably, previous generations, particularly Baby Boomers, for sticking us with the bill for our country's massive debt, and political mercenaries, who attempt to distract us from the real problems for their own expediency. It evolves into a discussion about the most significant challenges that my generation faces and provides simple solutions to address them, from privatizing social security, to abandoning our tendency to adopt an isolationist worldview.
The book is extremely approachable and unpretentious as it's not filled with esoteric political jargon, complex data, or indecipherable numbers, which appeals to those of us who hold liberal arts degrees and feel more comfortable with qualitative rather than quantitative analyses. Its appeal is widespread and its message generationally transcendent - both a high school student and a Baby Boomer with a PhD could pick up the book and learn something from it.
Pete also has a distinctive way of injecting levity throughout the book, making it humorous and light (well, as light as one can when discussing the soul crushing national debt we're encumbered with). His inclusion of quotes from various notable historical thought leaders is also a nice touch.
The War On Millennials is a unique commentary on an often misunderstood and ignored generation that seeks to provide real solutions to some of the most daunting problems we face. I think you should read it.