Our Kids
Score: 4
From 12 Ratings

Our Kids


  • Author: Robert D. Putnam
  • Release Date : 2015-03-10
  • Genre: United States
  • File Size: 13754727 Bytes


A New York Times bestseller and “a passionate, urgent” (The New Yorker) examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone: why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility.Central to the very idea of America is the principle that we are a nation of opportunity. But over the last quarter century we have seen a disturbing “opportunity gap” emerge. We Americans have always believed that those who have talent and try hard will succeed, but this central tenet of the American Dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was.In Our Kids, Robert Putnam offers a personal and authoritative look at this new American crisis, beginning with the example of his high school class of...

Dispatches from Pluto
Score: 4.5
From 106 Ratings

Dispatches from Pluto


  • Author: Richard Grant
  • Release Date : 2015-10-13
  • Genre: United States
  • File Size: 2568409 Bytes


In Dispatches from Pluto, adventure writer Richard Grant takes on “the most American place on Earth”—the enigmatic, beautiful, often derided Mississippi Delta.Richard Grant and his girlfriend were living in a shoebox apartment in New York City when they decided on a whim to buy an old plantation house in the Mississippi Delta. Dispatches from Pluto—winner of the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize—is their journey of discovery into this strange and wonderful American place. Imagine A Year In Provence with alligators and assassins, or Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil with hunting scenes and swamp-to-table dining.On a remote, isolated strip of land, three miles beyond the tiny community of Pluto, Richard and his girlfriend, Mariah, embark o...

Our Kids
Score: 4.5
From 6 Ratings

Our Kids


  • Author : Robert D. Putnam
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-03-29
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476769905


Our Kids Book Description :

A New York Times bestseller and “a passionate, urgent” (The New Yorker) examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone: why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility. Central to the very idea of America is the principle that we are a nation of opportunity. But over the last quarter century we have seen a disturbing “opportunity gap” emerge. We Americans have always believed that those who have talent and try hard will succeed, but this central tenet of the American Dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was. In Our Kids, Robert Putnam offers a personal and authoritative look at this new American crisis, beginning with the example of his high school class ...

Our Kids
Score: 4.5
From 6 Ratings

Our Kids


  • Author : Robert D. Putnam
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-03-10
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476769899


Our Kids Book Description :

In an authoritative, yet personal, examination of the growing inequality gap, a leading humanist and renowned scientist who has consulted for the last four U.S. Presidents, drawing on poignant life stories of rich and poor kids across the country, provides a disturbing account of the American dream. By the author of Bowling Alone. Includes 30 charts and graphs....

Our Kids
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

Our Kids


  • Author : Robert D. Putnam
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-03-10
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476769912


Our Kids Book Description :

A New York Times bestseller and “a passionate, urgent” (The New Yorker) examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone: why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility. Central to the very idea of America is the principle that we are a nation of opportunity. But over the last quarter century we have seen a disturbing “opportunity gap” emerge. We Americans have always believed that those who have talent and try hard will succeed, but this central tenet of the American Dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was. In Our Kids, Robert Putnam offers a personal and authoritative look at this new American crisis, beginning with the example of his high school class ...

Bowling Alone
Score: 3
From 8 Ratings

Bowling Alone


  • Author : Robert D. Putnam
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2001-08-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743219037


Bowling Alone Book Description :

Once we bowled in leagues, usually after work -- but no longer. This seemingly small phenomenon symbolizes a significant social change that Robert Putnam has identified in this brilliant volume, Bowling Alone, which The Economist hailed as "a prodigious achievement." Drawing on vast new data that reveal Americans' changing behavior, Putnam shows how we have become increasingly disconnected from one another and how social structures -- whether they be PTA, church, or political parties -- have disintegrated. Until the publication of this groundbreaking work, no one had so deftly diagnosed the harm that these broken bonds have wreaked on our physical and civic health, nor had anyone exalted their fundamental power in creating a society that is happy, he...

American Dream
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

American Dream


  • Author : Jason DeParle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0143034375


American Dream Book Description :

Provides an in-depth study of the conflict between government social policy and the realities of life in post-welfare America, focusing on the lives of three women in a single extended family....

Dream Hoarders
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Dream Hoarders


  • Author : Richard V. Reeves
  • Publisher : Brookings Institution Press
  • Release Date : 2018-05-08
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780815735496


Dream Hoarders Book Description :

Dream Hoarders sparked a national conversation on the dangerous separation between the upper middle class and everyone else. Now in paperback and newly updated for the age of Trump, Brookings Institution senior fellow Richard Reeves is continuing to challenge the class system in America. In America, everyone knows that the top 1 percent are the villains. The rest of us, the 99 percent—we are the good guys. Not so, argues Reeves. The real class divide is not between the upper class and the upper middle class: it is between the upper middle class and everyone else. The separation of the upper middle class from everyone else is both economic and social, and the practice of “opportunity hoarding”—gaining exclusive access to scarce resources—is ...

The Upswing
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Upswing


  • Author : Robert D. Putnam
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2020-10-13
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781982129163


The Upswing Book Description :

An eminent political scientist’s brilliant analysis of economic, social, and political trends over the past century demonstrating how we have gone from an individualistic “I” society to a more communitarian “We” society and then back again, and how we can learn from that experience to become a stronger, more unified nation—from the author of Bowling Alone and Our Kids. Deep and accelerating inequality; unprecedented political polarization; vitriolic public discourse; a fraying social fabric; public and private narcissism—Americans today seem to agree on only one thing: This is the worst of times. But we’ve been here before. During the Gilded Age of the late 1800s, America was highly individualistic, starkly unequal, fiercely polarized...

Who Cares for our Children

Who Cares for our Children


  • Author : Valerie Polakow
  • Publisher : Teachers College Press
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780807775929


Who Cares for our Children Book Description :

Valerie Polakow spent a year traveling around the country listening to low-income women from diverse backgrounds tell their stories of struggle, resilience, distress, and occasional success as they encountered ongoing child care crises. The resulting work is both a compelling account of the lived realities of the child care crisis, and an incisive critique of public policy that points to the United States as an outlier in the international community. Drawing on historical and international perspectives, Polakow creates a groundbreaking analysis of child care as a human right, persuasively arguing for a universal child care system. “Who Cares for Our Children? is one of the most disturbing books I have read in a long time. It should have a major imp...

Labor s Love Lost

Labor s Love Lost


  • Author : Andrew J. Cherlin
  • Publisher : Russell Sage Foundation
  • Release Date : 2014-12-04
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781610448444


Labor s Love Lost Book Description :

Two generations ago, young men and women with only a high-school degree would have entered the plentiful industrial occupations which then sustained the middle-class ideal of a male-breadwinner family. Such jobs have all but vanished over the past forty years, and in their absence ever-growing numbers of young adults now hold precarious, low-paid jobs with few fringe benefits. Facing such insecure economic prospects, less-educated young adults are increasingly forgoing marriage and are having children within unstable cohabiting relationships. This has created a large marriage gap between them and their more affluent, college-educated peers. In Labor’s Love Lost, noted sociologist Andrew Cherlin offers a new historical assessment of the rise and fal...

At Home in Exile
Score: 3.5
From 7 Ratings

At Home in Exile


  • Author : Alan Wolfe
  • Publisher : Beacon Press
  • Release Date : 2015-10-27
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780807086186


At Home in Exile Book Description :

"The Holocaust followed by Israel's creation constituted a kind of civil religion for Jews, reminding them of their eternal vulnerability while offering salvation in the form of statehood. Memories inevitably change, however, and as the impact of these two titanic events fade, an increasingly number of Judiasm's next generation is starting to reject the particularism associated with both events in favor of a rebirth of the universalism that once characterized life in the diaspora. In this book I argue that this is a positive moment, both for Jews and the non-Jews with whom they live"--...