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Author: Charles Murray Narrator: Robert Morris Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781483063638
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Beginning in the 1950s, America entered a period of unprecedented social reform. This remarkable book demonstrates how the social programs of the 1960s and ’70s had the unintended and perverse effect of slowing and even reversing earlier progress in reducing poverty, crime, ignorance, and discrimination. Using widely understood and accepted data, it conclusively demonstrates that the amalgam of reforms from 1965 to 1970 actually made matters worse. Why? Charles Murray’s tough-minded answers to this question will please neither radical liberals nor radical conservatives. He offers no easy solutions, but by forcing us to face fundamental intellectual and moral problems about whom we want to help and how, Losing Ground marks an important first step in rethinking social policy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Charles Murray will infuriate people. But if they read carefully he will also make them think.”

    Ken Auletta, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A great book.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Without bile and without rhetoric it lays out a stark truth that must be faced.”

    Business Week

  • “A remarkable book. Future discussions of social policy cannot proceed without taking the arguments and evidence of this book into account.” 

    James S. Coleman, University of Chicago

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 9/17/2013

    " While not the most riveting book, it clearly presents the failure of the federal social programs. I disagree with his some of his conclusions that call for increased government intervention but the facts presented are useful in debate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cortney | 8/20/2013

    " Here, Charles Murray explains the conundrum that is the failure of the welfare state to solve the problems it was meant to solve. He provides access to statistics, charts and empirical evidence of his argument. It's a nice read with an important message. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nedland | 4/16/2013

    " Murray was the first to describe how our attempts to rectify poverty were having the exact opposite effect. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Abby | 2/19/2013

    " check a citation - any citation - and it certainly won't support murray's argument or say what he says it does. specious arguments to support bigoted AEI values/ideals. useful only for throwing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 7/5/2012

    " A textbook. Must have been useful because I have 50 "dog ears". :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ray | 5/10/2012

    " The book doesn't lend itself to the audio book format, which was how I tried to "read" it. It's more of a text book than a good read, and you really need to focus on the information to absorb it, and unfortunately, my mind continued to drift while listening. "

About the Author

Charles Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He first came to national attention in 1984 with his book Losing Ground. His book Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010 was a New York Times bestseller and named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2012 by the New York Times Book Review. His other books include In Pursuit, The Bell Curve (with Richard J. Herrnstein), What It Means to Be a Libertarian, Human Accomplishment, In Our Hands, and Real Education. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and a doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives with his wife in Burkittsville, Maryland.

About the Narrator

Robert Morris is the founding senior pastor of Gateway Church, a multi-campus, evangelistic, spirit-empowered church in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. He is featured on the weekly television program The Blessed Life, broadcast to approximately ninety million homes in the United States and more than two hundred countries around the world. He is the bestselling author of ten books, including From Dream to Destiny, The Power of Your Words, and The God I Never Knew.