- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Crown Publishing Group, Division of Random House Inc (31 Jan. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307453421
- ISBN-13: 978-0307453426
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.3 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 490,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 Hardcover – 31 Jan 2012
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"Coming Apart" is intended as Murray's valedictory. It's a book that crowns his professional career, recapitulates certain points and topics that have long been at the center of his interest, and offers his views of what the future may hold - both for the society and for the research into these issues. It is also a sequel of sorts to "Losing Ground", Murray's seminal 1980s book that explored the consequences (intended and unintended) of various welfare policies between the 1960s and 1980s. That book has pretty much launched Murray's career as a public intellectual, making his influence well beyond the academic and scholarly circles. "Coming Apart" explores the consequences of those same policies over the period of another thirty years of their implementation, ending roughly around the year 2010.
The first two parts of the book are primarily scholarly and descriptive. Here Murray lays down the facts in a very straightforward and informative way. He has always been incredibly adroit at presenting even the most arcane social science data in a way that makes them seem almost effortlessly intuitive.Read more ›
Much of Charles Murrays recent work has been very predictive/prophetic; as is this. It defines and details the condition of the new white working class in America and illustrates its development since the 1960's and how this correlates with a progressive deviation from the founding father's(of the US) combined pillars of strength, industriousness, marriage, virtue and religiosity. We can see all this here, in Britain and it augurs badly for us. A must read, if you care about these things, if you have read The Bell Curve and others or if you care about the future for your children. A bit chewy at first but graphically (literally) illustrated and accessible to all.
Nevertheless, Mr. Murray, a declared libertarian, closes the book with a chapter totally biased by his political and moral beliefs. Actually, some of his conclusions are so outrageous, I stopped reading the book short of a few pages to the end (but I did finish it after all). You just wondered how come someone can deliver such a brilliant analysis and reach such wishful thinking, biased and subjective conclusions completely ignoring the effects of globalization and technological change (thus the four star rating instead of five).
Several of the conclusions are so disconnected from reality, that instead of Europe, Mr. Murray just need to look at any of the dozens of developing countries with the same problems among the poor who do not enjoy the welfare benefits Americans do. In fact, just look at the Brazilian example and the well-known "favelas" as the perfect real life example in contradiction of one of his key conclusions.Read more ›
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Beautifully written and based on an incredible amount of research.
Anyone interested in the American class system and how it has developed during the past fifty years should... Read more