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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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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  - 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  - 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

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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  - 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

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

User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

Lengthy, dense, complex, but definitely worth a read. If nothing else, everyone should read the chapter on TV, community, and the one about what we can do to improve social capitol. Read full review

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