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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cornel West, Sylvia Ann Hewlett Narrator: Lloyd James, Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781455176021
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“One of the best-kept secrets of the last thirty years is that big business, government, and the wider culture have waged a silent war against parents, undermining the work that they do…parents have been left twisting in the wind by a society intent on other agendas.”—from the book

In The War against Parents, two different parents from diverse backgrounds—a female economist from Wales and an African American religious studies professor from inner city America—come together to assay what they describe as the world’s antagonism toward parenting. Analyzing the trends that have led to this shift of balance, from changing political and economic forces to the rise of television and divorce, they call for a Parents’ Bill of Rights to restore the dignity of the parental role and our nation’s commitment to the well-being of children.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This splendid book tells more about the crisis our children face today and what we as a nation must do about it than anything I have read.”

    Doris Kearns Goodwin

  • “A moving reflection…The narrators are excellent for this material.”

    AudioFile

  • “A powerful call for parents to organize and fight back against a society that pays lip service to family values, then abandons mothers and fathers to an economic and political swamp…A potent presentation that may energize legislators and policymakers to end the ‘war’ and reassess the needs of families.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Read in tandem by Marguerite Gavin and Lloyd James, this insightful book provides much food for a diverse audience interested in any aspect of family and its relationship to society.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 10/26/2013

    " Bitted and parted around in this book. Social policy is so very different in Canada, but had some interesting ideas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 3/20/2011

    " A bit unnerving in its exposure of structural causes of very personal difficulties, but as a sociologist, I was grateful to have this knowledge in my toolbox. Especially since I consider myself a potential parent with loads to learn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus | 12/15/2010

    " What we are up against as Parents in the 21st Century. We have it much tougher than our parents. The government along with "Family Values" politicians have not been our side as much as they proclaim. Very important read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 11/21/2010

    " Bitted and parted around in this book. Social policy is so very different in Canada, but had some interesting ideas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus | 12/26/2008

    " What we are up against as Parents in the 21st Century. We have it much tougher than our parents. The government along with "Family Values" politicians have not been our side as much as they proclaim. Very important read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 4/20/2008

    " A bit unnerving in its exposure of structural causes of very personal difficulties, but as a sociologist, I was grateful to have this knowledge in my toolbox. Especially since I consider myself a potential parent with loads to learn. "

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About the Author

Sylvia Ann Hewlett is an economist and the author of several books, including the award-winning When the Bough Breaks. She is the founder and president of the National Parenting Association and directs the Gender and Policy Program at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, Financial TimesForeign Affairs, and the International Herald Tribune. She is also a frequent guest on television, appearing on Oprah, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Charlie Roseand the Today show. A Kennedy scholar and graduate of Cambridge University, she earned her PhD in economics at London University and currently lives in New York City.

About the Narrators

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.