Friday, October 05, 2012

Book Review: Coming Apart by Charles Murray

Coming Apart by Charles Murray is an interesting collection of statistical data about Caucasian people in America from 1960 through 2010.  The author covered many topics from religion, to jobs, and income.   He also created two fictional towns based on statistics to demonstrate the changes in lower and middle class white families in America during the designated time frame.  I found the statistics and information to be quite informative.  With 2/3rds of the book being a collection of data, the authors intent in writing the book was unclear.  The third section of the book did examine the authors purpose by explains all of the reasons that the data supports his view that America should return to the same values of the founding fathers with a limited government.  One especially interesting section discussed the values of the founding fathers, revealing that the founding fathers were not as dedicated to God, as the modern Christian "right" believes.  The book overall is a nice collection of information and support for why America is declining, but lacks real and applicable solutions.

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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.