Things certainly have changed in this country since I was a teenager and young adult. Used to be you could hitchhike across the country and be perfectly safe, or rent an old Victorian in San Francisco and still be able to eat out once inawhile. Now it seems the world is harsher, more profit oriented. People are more individualistic and self centered, concerned only in getting what they believe is "theirs".
Why else would people buy SUVs when we are at war in the Middle East where we get the oil these vehicles consume so voraciously and whole villages in northern Canada have had to move inland because of the melting of polar ice caps?
This book only partly explains how our youth are responding to the harsher realities of the 21st century, but it's the only book I've found that even tries.
Definitely worth reading!