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From the bestselling co-author of The Bell Curve, author and political scientist Charles Murray offers a thought-provoking commentary on class in contemporary America. He presents extensive research and statistical data to illustrate that the U.S. today is divided into upper and lower classes that differ so drastically in values and habits as to virtually constitute two separate nations. Murray focuses entirely on whites, to emphasize that the troubling fissures are based not on race, but rather class. The book is sure to spark meaningful debate about class, values, and being American in the twenty-first century.
“Murray continues the argument he began with Richard Herrnstein in The Bell Curve, stating that a ‘new upper class’ is increasingly isolated from the lives and concerns of ordinary Americans, while a ‘new lower class’ is losing original virtues of the U.S. A vital tool for comparing the communities where the new upper and lower classes are concentrated, Murray’s contribution to the discussion of social stratification is timely and thoughtful.”
“By zeroing in on troubling trends in white America, he keeps the focus on the country’s increasing polarization along class lines. . . . [He] offers a hopeful long view of elites, who have enormous influence on economic and social policy, coming to understand the peril of their disconnection from the rest of America.”
–Booklist, starred review
"Mr. Murray's 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."
–W. Bradford Wilcox, The Wall Street Journal
"Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010 brims with ideas about what ails America."
“...A timely investigation into a worsening class divide no one can afford to ignore.”
"Charles Murray ... has written an incisive, alarming, and hugely frustrating book about the state of American society."
–Roger Lowenstein, Bloomberg Businessweek