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BOWLING ALONE: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

A longer and much improved version of Putnam's controversial 1995 Journal of Democracy article of the same name, this is an important work that is likely to be the center of much debate. Books of sociological insight as readable and significant as David Reisman's Lonely Crowd and C. Wright Mills's Power Elite come along seldom. Putnam's work belongs in their company. This is partly because Putnam ... Read full review

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I don't know who the author is quoting when noting what the AARP says about it's grassroot activities. Whoever it is, does not accurately depict what goes on in Our Chapters. I am President of the Willowbrook Chapter 3862 on Staten Island,N.Y. I also serve as a Chapter Developer. of Staten Island. All 14 of the chapters here closely follow political issues, conduct our own monthly charitable activities in addition to those conducted by AARP State and National Organizations. We donate food regularly to the needy,send personal articles to soldiers overseas through Project Homefront, serve on every charitable and community service group in our area, donate money every year to a myriad of charities, etc. etc. We run a monthly social and hold meetings, in some chapters, with attendance in excess of 200 members. We have monthly guest speakers on topics such as health, education, as well as all topics related to all senior citizens. We hold monthly socials in which up to 100 people are involved in card games, board games, line- dancing lessons and quilting lessons. I would like the author to consider this and then tell us what our "social capital" value truly is today?
Tony Dellatte .Staten Island NY
 

Review: Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

User Review  - Elizabeth Bober - Goodreads

DNF. Interesting premise, could have used an editor with a machete. Read full review

Review: Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

User Review  - Greg - Goodreads

The research used in this book is impressive, in quality and quantity. Putnam quantifies aspects of American community life that seem unquantifiable. Also impressive is his ability to examine all ... Read full review

Review: Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

User Review  - Maryam - Goodreads

A bit of a slog but super interesting. Spoiler alert! Television and passive entertainment is a major culprit of the decline in civic engagement. But this surely means that innovative use of media and technology will be a major part of the solution. Go @Nextdoor :-) Read full review

Review: Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

User Review  - Lisa Bonack - Goodreads

It was a little dry, but a good read. Having been published in 2000, it was a bit dated...Putnam set forth a series of goals that he hoped would be achieved by 2010...it would have been nice for the ... Read full review

Review: Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

User Review  - Sara - Goodreads

I have to admit that I skipped and skimmed through some of the book which I found less interesting, but other parts I read twice cause they were so relevant and fascinating! Much of the data ... Read full review

Review: Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

User Review  - Phillip - Goodreads

Although in a way this book is tedious, its central argument is really interesting, and the compendium of evidence Putnam has put together is impressive as an undertaking. Essentially Putnam argues ... Read full review

Review: Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

User Review  - Maurice Nicholson - Goodreads

Good. Very academic and sometimes tough to read, but chock full of great information... Read full review

Review: Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

User Review  - Sean Kottke - Goodreads

I've been wanting to read this since hearing the author on NPR when it came out. I've read excerpts, summaries and critiques, and have even referenced it in conversation, but not actually read it ... Read full review

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