Bowling Alone

The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Narrated by: Arthur Morey
Length: 18 hrs and 56 mins
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Once we bowled in leagues, usually after work - but no longer. This seemingly small phenomenon symbolizes a significant social change that Robert Putnam has identified in this brilliant volume, which The Economist hailed as "a prodigious achievement".

Drawing on vast new data that reveal Americans' changing behavior, Putnam shows how we have become increasingly disconnected from one another and how social structures - whether they be PTA, church, or political parties - have disintegrated. Until the publication of this groundbreaking work, no one had so deftly diagnosed the harm that these broken bonds have wreaked on our physical and civic health, nor had anyone exalted their fundamental power in creating a society that is happy, healthy, and safe.

Like defining works from the past, such as The Lonely Crowd and The Affluent Society, and like the works of C. Wright Mills and Betty Friedan, Putnam's Bowling Alone has identified a central crisis at the heart of our society and suggests what we can do.

©2000 Robert D. Putnam. All rights reserved. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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Long Long book

I listened to this book which seemed to go on for months. When the narrator is going over facts and stats endless it is just hard to grasp everything.

The whole book boils down to we are no longer a social society in any way. Bowling used to be part of the fabric of each and every community. You went bowling to see friends each week, to make new friends and business contacts. Now everyone just goes online or text.

The author throws out stats after stats showing of the decline in various organization over the last 50 years, and how this decline is an overview of the effects on bowling. I have been in bowling industry for 20 plus years now and there have been numerous factors for the collapse of league bowling. This book gave more incite into some of those factors that I wouldn't have thought about.

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Enlightening, but Dry

Expert analysis of the reduction of social capital, but very dry. Still a classic work.

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amazing research and well-written

bowling alone tells the story of how America has lost its group nature. going through a hundred years of research and Analysis this book thoroughly explains some key reasons American society is in the decline.

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Where it all started...

The pinnacle of books covering the breakdown and ultimate demise of American communities. Starting with radio... then television... and finally, the internet - more and more Americans just stay home. From the Veteran Support Organizations (VFW, American Legion) to the Rotary, and the Freemasons... and don't forget book clubs and sports leagues -- they are all dead or dying organizations, barely getting by... due to selling out to advertisers. Sadly, staying home means being immersed in a never-ending battle being fought by corporations (and our government)... for your attention (and your money!). Your time is the most valuable thing in existence - stop wasting it. Get out in your towns, cities and rural areas and rebuild your community... and if there is NO community, which is often the case in the suburbs... then BUILD IT. Start a club, volunteer, help out.

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Could be good, but data dumping ruins it.

Way too much data that is not necessary to get a point across. narrator a bit dull also.

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Great insights!

You should however be used to reading scientific literature before starting on this book.

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New edition!

This is such widely sourced material, I highly encourage the completion of an updated edition that would include the impact the development of digital social media has had on society, as well as legislation that increases the importance of capital in our political system, as opposed to minimizing that importance as the author argues for in this great work.

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Dry, Long, and Dated, But Thought-Provoking.

Lots of statistics, lots of references* the charts, tables, and graphs "in your PDF File." Details are a bit dated, but the concepts are valid and worth thinking about - and even doing something about.

It's only minimally about bowling (which I knew when I chose it), but as someone who's just getting into bowling, watching how things work socially at our local alley (a very diverse group of nice people having good, clean fun together) that aspect was particularly interesting.

*Note that you do not *have to* refer to the PDF, as the basic ideas are discussed in the book and the PDF just reinforces them with more data. It's not like you'll lose the plot if you're driving and can't pull over to read it. I didn't look it at all, although I might go back and scan through it now.

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Amazing mapping of social capital in the US

This study exhibit an amazing amount of highly trustworthy scientific research into the nature and extend of social capital for the 20th century in the USA.

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A thoroughly informative book.

An amazing work by Robert Putnam, it's a must-read for anyone concerned about America !