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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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"Comparing today's class divisions to 1963 conditions, American Enterprise Institute scholar Murray depicts a pernicious erosion of common culture, restricting his analysis to non-Latino whites. Murray builds on research, including statistically based arguments linked to IQ, advanced in 1994's controversial The Bell Curve, to describe the creation of a culturally distinct 'new upper class' and its concomitant 'new lower class' in places like Austin, Tex.; Manhattan; and Newton, Iowa — or the semifictional composite neighborhoods of Belmont, Mass., and Fishtown, Pa. Figures and trends analyzed here lend insight into undeniably massive changes in American society, while more anecdotal evidence (such as Murray's memories of early 1960s Harvard) is open to subjective qualification. Of course, the picture of a snobby and self-selecting, interbreeding class of largely white, highly educated professionals living in 'SuperZips' (the top zip codes in terms of advanced education and income) leans on well-worn images of neo-yuppiedom. While Murray insists he's more interested in describing the 'nature of the problem' than the causes, his argument would be stronger if it didn't lay so much of the problem at the feet of a self-segregating 'new upper class' and its rising incomes and distinct tastes and proclivities. Though it provides much to argue with, the book is a timely investigation into a worsening class divide no one can afford to ignore. Agent: Amanda Urban, International Creative Management." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

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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WriterRani, July 12, 2012 (view all comments by WriterRani)
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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307453426
Author:
Murray, Charles
Publisher:
Crown Forum
Author:
Murray, Charles
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Featured Titles-History and Social Science
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.53 x 6.38 x 1.37 in 1.4 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Comparing today's class divisions to 1963 conditions, American Enterprise Institute scholar Murray depicts a pernicious erosion of common culture, restricting his analysis to non-Latino whites. Murray builds on research, including statistically based arguments linked to IQ, advanced in 1994's controversial The Bell Curve, to describe the creation of a culturally distinct 'new upper class' and its concomitant 'new lower class' in places like Austin, Tex.; Manhattan; and Newton, Iowa — or the semifictional composite neighborhoods of Belmont, Mass., and Fishtown, Pa. Figures and trends analyzed here lend insight into undeniably massive changes in American society, while more anecdotal evidence (such as Murray's memories of early 1960s Harvard) is open to subjective qualification. Of course, the picture of a snobby and self-selecting, interbreeding class of largely white, highly educated professionals living in 'SuperZips' (the top zip codes in terms of advanced education and income) leans on well-worn images of neo-yuppiedom. While Murray insists he's more interested in describing the 'nature of the problem' than the causes, his argument would be stronger if it didn't lay so much of the problem at the feet of a self-segregating 'new upper class' and its rising incomes and distinct tastes and proclivities. Though it provides much to argue with, the book is a timely investigation into a worsening class divide no one can afford to ignore. Agent: Amanda Urban, International Creative Management." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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