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Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date March 10, 2015
Pages 386
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781476769899
ISBN-10 1476769893
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.35 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $28.00
§As reported by publisher
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A groundbreaking examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone: why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility.

It’s the American dream: get a good education, work hard, buy a house, and achieve prosperity and success. This is the America we believe in—a nation of opportunity, constrained only by ability and effort. But during the last twenty-five years we have seen a disturbing “opportunity gap” emerge. Americans have always believed in equality of opportunity, the idea that all kids, regardless of their family background, should have a decent chance to improve their lot in life. Now, this central tenet of the American dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was.

Robert Putnam—about whom The Economist said, “his scholarship is wide-ranging, his intelligence luminous, his tone modest, his prose unpretentious and frequently funny”—offers a personal but also authoritative look at this new American crisis. Putnam begins with his high school class of 1959 in Port Clinton, Ohio. By and large the vast majority of those students—“our kids”—went on to lives better than those of their parents. But their children and grandchildren have had harder lives amid diminishing prospects. Putnam tells the tale of lessening opportunity through poignant life stories of rich and poor kids from cities and suburbs across the country, drawing on a formidable body of research done especially for this book.

Our Kids is a rare combination of individual testimony and rigorous evidence. Putnam provides a disturbing account of the American dream that should initiate a deep examination of the future of our country.

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Hardcover
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from Simon & Schuster (March 10, 2015)
9781476769899 | details & prices | 386 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $28.00
About: A groundbreaking examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone: why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Simon & Schuster (March 29, 2016)
9781476769905 | details & prices | 386 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $17.00
About: 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.
With Jack Hild | from Harlequin Books (May 1, 1989); titled "Barrabas Heist"
9780373616305 | details & prices | List price $2.75
This edition also contains Barrabas Heist
About: 1st edition 1989 paperback fine condition book In stock shipped from our UK warehouse

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