Coming Apart by Charles Murray audiobook

Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010

By Charles Murray
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Blackstone Publishing 9780307453426
12.41 Hours Unabridged
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Includes a bonus disc with graphs, charts, and more 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 have historically 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—a 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. This 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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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

Named one of the New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2012

A Federalist Notable Book of 2015

A 2012 Booklist Editors’ Choice

Includes a bonus disc with graphs, charts, and more

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 have historically 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—a 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. This 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“I’ll be shocked if there’s another book this year as important as Charles Murray’s Coming Apart.” New York Times
“Mr. Murray turns on its head the conservative belief that bicoastal elites are dissolute and ordinary Americans are virtuous…[His] sobering portrait is of a nation where millions of people are losing touch with the founding virtues that have long lent American lives purpose, direction, and happiness.” Wall Street Journal
“A timely investigation into a worsening class divide no one can afford to ignore.”  Publishers Weekly
“[A] searing sociological study.” Businessweek
“[Charles Murray] argues for the need to focus on what has made the US exceptional beyond its wealth and military power…religion, marriage, industriousness, and morality.” Booklist (starred review)
“This is an immensely important and utterly gripping book…Coming Apart is a model of rigorous sociological inquiry, yet it is also highly readable. After the chronic incoherence of Occupy Wall Street, it comes as a blessed relief. Every American should read it. Too bad only the cognitive elite will.” Niall Ferguson, professor of history at Harvard and fellow of the Hoover Institution

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Author Bio: Charles Murray

Author Bio: Charles Murray

Charles Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He first came to national attention in 1984 with his book Losing Ground. His book Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010 was a New York Times bestseller and named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2012 by the New York Times Book Review. His other 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 doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives with his wife in Burkittsville, Maryland.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 12.41
Audience: Adult
Language: English