I like Philip Dick...I`ll check that out.
As for the "hero" generation, it isn`t the same as what we normally
consider to be a hero. The book actually is pretty interesting, as I
read it. What they`re saying is that before we can have heroes, we need
a crisis, often anarchy. It`s the response to that collapse of values,
morality, and institutions that creates a war or other crisis.
Because of the call to action, as in all of history, heroes are "made."
Consider the attitude that swept the country following 9/11. It didn`t
matter if you were smart or not, educated or not---everyone came
together with a sense of community. It didn`t last, but mostly because
the crisis was very small (historically speaking).
Try not to pre-judge the concept of the generational mood until you`ve
had a chance to read their arguments. I did the same, and it turns out
I was thinking WAY too small. The book is looking at macro trends and
cycles that go back thousands of years, and placing all of American
history into those cycles.
"American History" in this context includes the development of the
concepts in Britain and Europe, and how those concepts in their own
cycles migrate to the US, eventually forming what we now consider to be
the United States.