Coming Apart

Coming Apart by Charles Murray


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Book Summary:

In Coming Apart, Charles Murray explores the formation of American classes that are different in kind from anything we have ever known, focusing on whites as a way of driving home the fact that the trends he describes do not break along lines of race or ethnicity.

Drawing on five decades of statistics and research, Coming Apart demonstrates that a new upper class and a new lower class have diverged so far in core behaviors and values that they barely recognize their underlying American kinship—divergence that has nothing to do with income inequality and that has grown during good economic times and bad.

Our Cocktail Party Statements:

Aaron: The fittest shall thrive, the dumbest will die

Phil: Everything you think about the classes in America is completely wrong

Karin: Addressing America’s continental divide


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