Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

By Robert D Putnam
A New York Times bestseller and "a passionate, urgent" (The New Yorker) examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility.

Central to the very idea of America is the principle that we are a nation of opportunity. But over the last quarter century we have seen a disturbing "opportunity gap" emerge. We Americans have always believed that those who have talent and try hard will succeed, but this central tenet of the American Dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was.

In Our Kids, Robert Putnam offers a personal and authoritative look at this new American crisis, beginning with the example of his high school class of 1959 in Port Clinton, Ohio. The vast majority of those students went on to lives better than those of their parents. But their children and grandchildren have faced diminishing prospects. Putnam tells the tale of lessening opportunity through poignant life stories of rich, middle class, and poor kids from cities and suburbs across the country, brilliantly blended with the latest social-science research.

"A truly masterful volume" (Financial Times), Our Kids provides a disturbing account of the American dream that is "thoughtful and persuasive" (The Economist). Our Kids offers a rare combination of individual testimony and rigorous evidence: "No one can finish this book and feel complacent about equal opportunity" (The New York Times Book Review).



    REVIEW QUOTES
"Putman's new book is an eye-opener. When serious political candidates maintain that there are no classes in America, Putnam shows us the reality -- and it is anything but reassuring."--Alan Wolfe "Washington Post Book World "
In yet another path-breaking book about America s changing social landscape, Robert Putnam investigates how growing income gaps have shaped our children so differently. His conclusion is chilling: social mobility seems poised to plunge in the years ahead, shattering the American dream. Must reading from the White House to your house. --David Gergen"
"Robert D. Putnam is technically a Harvard social scientist, but a better description might be poet laureate of civil society. In "Our Kids, " Putnam brings his talent for launching a high-level discussion to a timely topic. . . . No one can finish "Our Kids" and feel complacent about equal opportunity."--Jason DeParle "The New York Times Book Review "
"Robert Putnam weaves together scholarship and storytelling to paint a truly troubling picture of our country and its future. "Our Kids" makes it absolutely clear that we need to put aside our political bickering and fix how this country provides opportunity for its millions of poor children. This book should be required reading for every policymaker in America, if not every American."--Geoffrey Canada, President, the Harlem Children s Zone"



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Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publish date 03/29/2016
Pages 400
ISBN-13 9781476769905
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