Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010

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Crown Forum, 2013 - Social Science - 417 pages
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From the bestselling author of Losing Ground and The Bell Curve, this startling long-lens view shows how America is coming apart at the seams that historically have joined our classes.


In Coming Apart, Charles Murray explores the formation of American classes that are different in kind from anything we have ever known, focusing on whites as a way of driving home the fact that the trends he describes do not break along lines of race or ethnicity.

Drawing on five decades of statistics and research, Coming Apart demonstrates that a new upper class and a new lower class have diverged so far in core behaviors and values that they barely recognize their underlying American kinship--divergence that has nothing to do with income inequality and that has grown during good economic times and bad.

The top and bottom of white America increasingly live in different cultures, Murray argues, with the powerful upper class living in enclaves surrounded by their own kind, ignorant about life in mainstream America, and the lower class suffering from erosions of family and community life that strike at the heart of the pursuit of happiness. That divergence puts the success of the American project at risk.

The evidence in Coming Apart is about white America. Its message is about all of America.
  

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User Review  - dcunning11235 - LibraryThing

This was an interesting book for the point of view, which I do not wholly agree with. Then again, that is one reason I picked it up. Murray has a steep hill to climb, and I do not think he is ... Read full review

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I have friends who remind me, regularly, that wealth is becoming more and more concentrated among the wealthy. Further, the "not rich" are making less than they used to, relative to the wealthy. In ... Read full review

Contents

November 21 1963
1
Our Kind of People
23
Honesty
193
The Selective Collapse of American Community
240
The Founding Virtues and the Stuff of Life
257
One Nation Divisible
273
Alternative Futures
282
Acknowledgments
311
Supplemental Material for the Chapter on Belmont
327
Supplemental Material for the Marriage Chapter
343
Supplemental Material for the Honesty Chapter
349
Supplemental Material for the American Community
361
Notes
367
Bibliography
399
Index
409
Copyright

Supplemental Material for the Segregation Chapter
321

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About the author (2013)

CHARLES MURRAY is the W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He first came to national attention in 1984 with Losing Ground. His subsequent books include In Pursuit, The Bell Curve (with Richard J. Herrnstein), What It Means to Be a Libertarian, Human Accomplishment, In Our Hands, and Real Education. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Harvard and a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives with his wife in Burkittsville, Maryland.

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