Bestselling author William Bennett addresses the central
social issue of our time—the decline of the family—in a book as intellectually
provocative and politically controversial as his landmark The Death of
Our recent economic prosperity has masked the devastation of
the American family, which is now under siege as never before. From the
dramatic rise in illegitimacy, divorce, and single parenthood to the call for
the recognition of gay marriages, the traditional nuclear family is being
radically challenged and undermined, along with the moral and legal consensus
that once supported it.
Now in The Broken Hearth, William Bennett, America’s
foremost conservative spokesperson on matters of family values, presents a
strong, well-reasoned, and informed defense of the traditional family.
Interweaving history, anthropology, law, social science, and the teachings of
Western religions, he argues that marriage between a man and a woman and the
creation of a permanent, loving, and nurturing environment for children is a
great historical achievement, one that should not be lightly abandoned in favor
of more “progressive” arrangements. Bennett displays his ability to combine
fearless conviction, acute insight, and respect for his adversaries in thorough,
balanced, and enlightening discussions of single parenthood, cohabitation, gay
marriage, and other trends that are undercutting the ideal of the family as the
essential foundation of society.
Looking closely at the concerns and questions that divide
America, Bennett provides a powerful affirmation of family life and the values
and benefits it bestows on individuals and on society as a whole.
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