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Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980
     

Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980

by Charles Murray, Robert Morris (Read by)
 

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With a new introduction by the author, this tenth anniversary edition of the classic book argues that the ambitious social programs of the Great Society designed to help the poor and disadvantaged often made things worse.

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With a new introduction by the author, this tenth anniversary edition of the classic book argues that the ambitious social programs of the Great Society designed to help the poor and disadvantaged often made things worse.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Murray, coauthor of The Bell Curve, argued that the social programs of the '60s and the '70s worsened the plight of the poor and minorities. This 10th anniversary issue includes a new introduction by the author. (Jan.)
John C. Marshall
Mr. Murray suffers from the besetting problem of the right - an inability to define any meaning for equality beyond equal opportunity. He does not reckon with the insistence of most Americans that social policy define some kind of community in which everyone has a place, regardless of his or her fortunes in the marketplace. Books of the Century, New York Times review March, 1986
From the Publisher

Myron Magnet
“There's no better proof of the adage that ideas have consequences than Charles Murray's Losing Ground: in its argument, and in the fact that it changed the world.”

Newt Gingrich
“One of the pivotal books around which American history turned.”

David Frum
“One of the outstanding works of the pioneering era of conservative thought.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455165858
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are Saying About This

James S. Coleman
"A remarkable book. Future discussions of social policy cannot proceed without taking the arguments and evidence of this book into account."
Daniel B. Moskowitz
"Without bile and without rhetoric it lays out a stark truth that must be faced: Two decades of well-meaning programs to erase racism and poverty in the U.S. have left those at the very bottom of the ladder worse off than ever."
Ken Auletta
"Charles Murray will infuriate people. But if they read carefully, he will also make them think."
Richard Vigilante
"A great book."

Meet the Author


Charles Murray is W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. A prominent political scientist and author, he first came to national attention in 1984 with the publication of Losing Ground, which served as the intellectual foundation for the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. He is the author of several other books, including the New York Times bestseller The Bell Curve, Coming Apart, What It Means to Be a Libertarian, Real Education, and the forthcoming By the People. He earned a Ph.D. in political science from MIT and lives near Washington, D.C.

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