Maybe, I liked the concept of delving into divisions in American society that have arisen during the past 50 years - but became bored over the countless statistics that permeated the delivery of the message
The broad concepts
The statistics - some of which were rather marginal in support of the concepts
The division of society into Belmont and Fishtown were overdrawn and missed the nuances and also the differences that occur within the respective divisions.
This book has some interesting content but due to the large number of charts and accompanying statistics it makes it rather unsuitable as an audio book. If you want to try this I'd recommend reading the book or ebook.
The Comparisons between "Belmont" the more advantaged and successful fictional town and the more downbeat lifestyles of "Fishtown" were a good method of explaining how our country is growing more divided.
Burns is a great narrator and helps make the content easy to absorb. What is most upsetting about the America Murray portrays is that it is a natural evolution of the things we have always valued, like the role of education in pulling Americans apart.
having the lives we always wanted is tearing America apart
Alas to truly understand this book you probably should be consulting a hard copy. There are lots of statistics which are hard to keep in your mind as the narration moves along. Murray's theories are interesting and there does not seem to be a political bias behind them because he is a libertarian.I didn't think I would agree with the premises in this book but it is hard to disagree with the two Americas and how we got here that Murray reveals.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Both “Coming Apart” and “Quiet” are disquisitions on America that have an apparent appeal to a consuming audience. “Coming Apart” points to a belief that America has become an aristocracy of education and money. “Quiet” makes the sociological case that human beings are either extroverted or introverted and that extroverts rule American government and business because they talk the most, and argue the best. Both books infer american cultural homogenization.
If Murray is right about the homogenization of American management and Cain is right about being misled by too much extroversion and not enough introversion, maybe America is “Coming Apart”. On the other hand, maybe Murray and Cain are just selling books.
May not leave you feeling upbeat about our nation, but essential to read and understand for anyone who cares about the future of the republic and how to prepare for the future. It will affect how you educate yourself and plan for your children, where you live and your career plans. Stellar research and carefully-reasoned conclusions. 1963 began what is likely the end of America as we think it is, what we wish it to be, as well as any quaint notions we may harbor about our society.
Mark Steyn's End of America comes to mind, as does Huxley's Brave New World
First one. Excellent narration.
The prologue on the world of 1963 and how different our society is today.
Can't stress too strongly that everyone should read and understand this book. It may require the fortitude of a college course, but the rewards are bountiful.
Murray has a thesis - that the upper middle class is evolving into a healthy culture while the working class descends into unhealthy lifestyles - and he defends that thesis convincingly and successfully. This book goes beyond liberal and conservative, and strikes at the ugly heart of something bad that is happening to America.
No other book I've read made me realize so starkly that something was deeply wrong with my culture.
The interview with the single mother in "Fishtown" was heartbreaking.
Yes, but it's too long for that.
too many stats, no real story line
discuss more cause and effect of our society structure
He was fine
the entire part 1
I would have preferred an abridged version of this audiobook. I was occasionally instructed to refer to a figure (presumably a graph, chart, or table) which was irrelevant to me as a listener. Also, when explaining his findings, the author would give percentages of the population who fit into this category or that category. I would have preferred the author to just say that, based on his review of the statistics, these are his assumptions and believes. Then I could have been spared all the statistics. Of course, those people who are interested in the statistics could have purchased the book or an unabridged audio version.
He did a good job.
You have to appreciate Murray's desire to speak the hard truths and that is definitely the strength of his book. However, he's a policy man in the end, and much of what he presents is crippled by his avowed libertarianism. For example, he argues that working class men have lost the desire to be