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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Coming Apart by Charles Murray

Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010Genre- Social Science- Sociology

Published by- Crown Forum

Copyrighted- 2012

Number of pages- 408

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- hardback, list price $27.00, ISBN 978—0-307-45342-6

Using statistics from the past 50 years, Charles Murray sets out to explore what is happening between the upper and lower classes in America.  He uses white America as the example, but it works for all of America.  The new classes have totally changed from the core behaviors and values of the past and this change has nothing do with income inequality and continues regardless of the economy.  The American project is at risk of failing.

About the author- Charles Murray has a Ph.D in political science and is currently the W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.  He lives with his wife in Maryland.

My thoughts- This book was interesting, but I think that 300 pages for the main text was too long.  It could have been shorter and gotten to the point faster.

I have never thought that the census was that important and asked a lot of personal questions that it didn’t need to.  This book showed me how important the census is and what kind of information can be gotten from it.  Without this information there would be no book.

I thought the last chapter was the best, because it was no longer about numbers and it talked about Charles Murray’s opinion and where the United States will be in the future.  We can already see in Europe what happens when heritage is forgotten.  As a country we need to get back to our founding fathers’ virtues, so that we can have a strong future without such a strong separation between classes.

I recommend this book to those who want to learn how America is coming apart culturally. 

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 by Charles Murray for free from the WaterBrook Multnomah “Blogging For Books” program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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