It is not unusual to hear someone yearn for “the good old days.” For senior citizens that usually means the 1950s or 1960s. Others almost certainly have a different perspective.

America: A Cultural Enigma suggests that the good old days may not have been as good as the reader remembers them or has been told about them. From the vantage point of a retired military officer and corporate executive, the author offers individual observations of seismic changes to our culture that have dramatically divided our nation over the last fifty years.

Whether the reader is a senior citizen looking back at life through a rear view mirror, a young adult contemplating an incomprehensible future, or a teenager studying history, this book will appeal to each from a different perspective. Wherever the reader fits into these categories, a 50-year mosaic of changes over this period highlights profound generational differences. It has become increasingly difficult for seniors to identify with the mores, customs, values, traditions and habits of the younger generations and for younger citizens to relate to family members who may be facing life in an assisted living facility or nursing home.

America: A Cultural Enigma highlights some of the things that account for those differences. It is not a historical document. It is the author’s personal observation of huge cultural shifts that have taken place among diverse segments of our society over the last fifty years. It may help the reader put those events into a more personal perspective.

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About the author

Donald Gilleland was born in Alton, Illinois. He served 30 years in the U.S. military and ten years in the defense industry. He has lived in 12 states and visited 29 countries on five continents. His first two books were published by Black Rose Writing; the first book, America: A Cultural Enigma, is about major changes to America’s culture over the last 50 years. His second book, America: Where Great Things Happen, is about wonderfully exciting things Americans do that get very little media attention. His third book, America: An Exceptional Nation, about American Exceptionalism, will be published by Black Rose Writing on July 16, 2015.

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