Liberation's Children: Parents and Kids in a Postmodern Age

Liberation's Children: Parents and Kids in a Postmodern Age

by Kay S. Hymowitz
     
 

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Kay Hymowitz explores the predicament of a generation growing up in a world where adults lavish them with expensive clothes, toys and vacations, but don't know how to provide them the ordinary truths that give life meaning.See more details below

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Kay Hymowitz explores the predicament of a generation growing up in a world where adults lavish them with expensive clothes, toys and vacations, but don't know how to provide them the ordinary truths that give life meaning.

Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
Offers an original and coherent reading of contemporary bewilderment about what our children need....
Booklist
Rewarding...penetrating.
National Review
One of America's best analysts of child-rearing...fascinating.... Hymowitz is on to some very important truths...a masterpiece.
Foreword
Hymowitz raises difficult questions that should not be ignored, and she presents them with a befitting urgency.... Thought-provoking...
Bookwatch
A very different set of insights which parents will appreciate.
Adolescence
Sharply drawn analyses...
The Weekly Standard
Scrupulously points out the all-too-familiar obsession with individual autonomy.
Foreword Reviews
Hymowitz raises difficult questions that should not be ignored, and she presents them with a befitting urgency.... Thought-provoking...
Adolescence Magazine
Sharply drawn analyses...
ForeWord Reviews
Hymowitz raises difficult questions that should not be ignored, and she presents them with a befitting urgency.... Thought-provoking...
Review Of Higher Education - Paula S. Fass
This book is both engaging and brutal as social observation...
Judith Wallerstein
An informed, intelligent and very powerful critique...Written with wit, with pointed examples and with passion. A very important book.
William J. Bennett
Adults...should take note of Hymowitz's observations about what 'liberation' has wrought.
Capitalism Magazine - Thomas Sowell
A devastating debunking of fashionable ideas that have brought much frustration and heartache to parents and children alike...It is impossible to summarize the many insights of 'Liberation's Children’. Get a copy of each and discover their sobering message yourself.
Human Nature Review - Mark Daims
Liberation’s Children is a collection of essays that deserves to be knit together into the fabric of a book.
Times Literary Supplement (UK)
Offers an original and coherent reading of contemporary bewilderment about what our children need....
The Washington Post
In the intriguing essays that Kay Hymowitz has assembled in Liberation's Children, she uses teens as only one of several stages of development in order to lament our culture's failure to provide values and directions to its progeny. Many of these essays will hit a painful nerve for the generation of parents who jockey for social place by riding their kids' achievements from elite nursery schools to Ivy League colleges. — Paula S. Fass
Thomas Sowell
"A devastating debunking of fashionable ideas that have brought much frustration and heartache to parents and children alike."
Capitalism Magazine
Library Journal
From the cradle to college, there's not much right with kids today, claims journalist Hymowitz-or, more accurately, with their brainwashed parents and the shallow consumerist culture surrounding them. In a series of articles reprinted from City Journal, an urban policy magazine, the author discusses the media's reluctance to report bad news about day care; the machinations of rich Manhattan parents trying to get their tykes into the best kindergartens (which sounds like a chapter from The Nanny Diaries), the shallowness of Sesame Street, "tweens" (preteens who no longer act like children), the lack of school discipline, and need for more coherence in college graduation requirements. The author is a competent writer, so all of this goes down easily, but books such as David Elkind's The Hurried Child and Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind have covered the same material in greater detail. An optional purchase for public libraries.-Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Washington Post
This book is both engaging and brutal as social observation...
— Paula S. Fass
Weekly Standard
Scrupulously points out the all-too-familiar obsession with individual autonomy.
Capitalism Magazine
A devastating debunking of fashionable ideas that have brought much frustration and heartache to parents and children alike...It is impossible to summarize the many insights of 'Liberation's Children’. Get a copy of each and discover their sobering message yourself.
— Thomas Sowell
Human Nature Review
Liberation’s Children is a collection of essays that deserves to be knit together into the fabric of a book.
— Mark Daims
Review Of Higher Education
This book is both engaging and brutal as social observation...
— Paula S. Fass

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566635981
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,012,550
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.66(d)

What People are saying about this

Lloyd A. Wells
What a book! The author is an amusing and cogent writer.
Metapsychology Online
Mark Daims
Liberation's Children is a collection of essays that deserves to be knit
together into the fabric of a book.--
Mark Daims, Human Nature Review
JUDITH WALLERSTEIN
An informed, intelligent and very powerful critique.... Written with wit, with pointed examples and with passion. A very important book.
WILLIAM J. BENNETT
Adults...should take note of Hymowitz's observations about what 'liberation' has wrought.
FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION

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