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The Vanishing American Adult Audiobook

The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis - and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance

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An instant New York Times bestseller - read by the author.

In an era of safe spaces, trigger warnings, and an unprecedented election, the country's youth are in crisis. Senator Ben Sasse warns the nation about the existential threat to America's future.

Raised by well-meaning but overprotective parents and coddled by well-meaning but misbegotten government programs, America's youth are ill-equipped to survive in our highly-competitive global economy.

Many of the coming-of-age rituals that have defined the American experience since the Founding: learning the value of working with your hands, leaving home to start a family, becoming economically self-reliant - are being delayed or skipped altogether. The statistics are daunting: 30% of college students drop out after the first year, and only 4 in 10 graduate. One in three 18-to-34 year-olds live with their parents.

From these disparate phenomena: Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse who as president of a Midwestern college observed the trials of this generation up close, sees an existential threat to the American way of life.

In The Vanishing American Adult, Sasse diagnoses the causes of a generation that can't grow up and offers a path for raising children to become active and engaged citizens. He identifies core formative experiences that all young people should pursue: hard work to appreciate the benefits of labor, travel to understand deprivation and want, the power of reading, the importance of nurturing your body - and explains how parents can encourage them.

Our democracy depends on responsible, contributing adults to function properly - without them America falls prey to populist demagogues. A call to arms, The Vanishing American Adult will ignite a much-needed debate about the link between the way we're raising our children and the future of our country.

©2017 Ben Sasse (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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    Rosemary Greenwich, CT, United States 05-21-17
    Rosemary Greenwich, CT, United States 05-21-17 Member Since 2017

    I love the last 150 years of history. Bully Pulpit and the Wilson biography absolute best!

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    "Really Important book about work, kids and school"

    From a Blue State Progressive Democrat...this is the work of a real conservative politician, but it is sound, brilliant and well informed. Ben Sasse is the kind of conservative liberals can listen to and agree with. He Obviously listens as well and knows his onions. He has a very good moral compass. If Congress were all as bright and decent and willing to take a deep and long view as does as Ben Sasse we would all join hands and agree. As it is this is a very important book by a master historian. All American parents should read this. Senator Sasse has his finger on the button of teenage education like no one else. A little bit too long is the only criticism I have of this excellent work.

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    "Enjoyed this book, even as a socialist."

    I enjoy hearing an alternative view even if it raised my blood pressure. Ben helped change my paradigm on lifestyle choices. I disagreed on several aspects but wish more politicians had his character. Thank you for this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kameron S. Orlando, Florida 05-31-17
    Kameron S. Orlando, Florida 05-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A must-read for every American"

    This was one of the best books I've read this year! Sasse clearly and eloquently articulates the form is citizenship historically crucial to the flourishing of the republic and he takes great steps forward in working to diagnose the challenges the currently face American society. As well, this book is a substantive contribution to the tradition of conservative political thought, and very enjoyable to read. Certainly a must-read for every American parent but still extremely valuable for any American more generally. I cannot speak too highly of this book! #Sasse2024?

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    jerome linkins 05-22-17
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    "old school..a little biased..but good"

    narrator was the author who was good. makes observations but fails to address deeper causes.

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    Anne 07-06-17
    Anne 07-06-17 Member Since 2010
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    "A truly non-partisan essay on being an American"

    I am a Democrat. I have never crossed the party line to vote for a Republican. This book is so visionary and well written that I am seriously reconsidering my absolute unwillingness to do so. Ben Sasse is a historian statesman cut from the same cloth as Cicero. He presents here and argument for America as an idea rather than a legislative agenda, and it is really inspiring. I highly recommend this book.

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    W. Abbott Rural Nebraska 06-28-17
    W. Abbott Rural Nebraska 06-28-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Outstanding and transformational"

    Enthusiastic and somewhat pensive memior about how to grow up. Parents need this book. The book is not political. We will not escape the crisis, but this book helps us understand the magnitude and nature of our national/international difficulties maturing into anything resembling responsible adults.

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    Samuel K Osborne 08-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A clarion call to put away childish things"

    Sen. Sasse's winsome challenge for American's to rethink how we rear and what we expect out of the next generation is a fitting primer for preparing our nation's youth for the coming vocational, ideological, and geopolitical challenges of the 21st Century. Tolle lege: take up and read!

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    Thomas Dickinson Rhode Island 05-29-17
    Thomas Dickinson Rhode Island 05-29-17 Member Since 2014
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    This is an important book, and Sen. Sasse is an important voice for our country's future.

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    jan Orem, UT, US 05-28-17
    jan Orem, UT, US 05-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspiring ideas to help rescue Americans"

    Ben Sasse understands the issues our kids are facing today from his perspective as dad, coach and university president. He has learned the secret for loving life and he offers solutions that will empower kids to be confident, productive adults, and enjoy it. His personal stories and historical perspectives enliven every idea. I heartily endorse his suggestions for the benefit of every child from 6 to 60 and beyond. A great read for Book Club discussions!

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    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-31-17
    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-31-17 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "A must read non-political book by a politician!!"

    Ben Sasse is a 45 year old first term US senator from Nebraska. He is a Republican, but The Vanishing American Adult is not at all political. Sasse narrates this book himself and does a great job.

    The premise of this book is that we as a society are in deep trouble in large part because we are not raising our children to become contributing adults; we are raising too many to be perpetual dependent teens. His message is that children need to be taught to be and required to be age appropriate self reliant. He gives many examples and then he makes suggestions for changes. I'm awarding the book the 5 stars it deserves but the book is not without flaws. The major flaw is that Senator Sasse comes across as "preachy" in parts of the book.

    I strongly recommend The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis - and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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