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Former Vice President Dan Quayle once again speaks out about family values in this book that probes into the lives of five remarkable families to show America what it's doing right. In identifying the factors that led to the success of these families, Quayle and Medved, a noted psychologist, lay out the first comprehensive agenda for bolstering the American family. 8 pp. color photos. 304 pp. National ads, publicity. $50,000 marketing. 100,000 print.
The vice president faulted Brown for "mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another `lifestyle choice.' " Quayle continues the argument here, defending family values via five affirmative profiles of families. Quayle writes in support of strong, "intact" families, meaning families with a father present. Nevertheless, the families interviewed for this book include one headed by a divorced mother of five children who illustrates the important role community and support networks can play. The other families are ethnically and economically diverse, ranging from Caucasian farm owners in rural Virginia to a Hispanic family in East Los Angeles, African-Americans in Chicago, and an entrepreneurial clan in Hawaii. The authors say they looked for "healthy" families, with children who were going to make it, sans drugs, alcohol abuse, and violence, in an attempt to identify the qualities that made families succeed. Parents, children, and extended family members were interviewed by both Quayle and Medved, who have recorded some moving stories. Among the values these families share that the authors believe to be essential are: A belief in giving priority to the children (without indulging them); practicing mutual respect; the presence of religious beliefs; and the cultivation of extended family and community support. The families also place a major emphasis on securing a good education (and on strictly limiting the time their children watch TV).
Recommended reinforcement for families already on the road to success, but unlikely to break through to those struggling with the moral, economic, social, and philosophical confusions of the new millennium.
|1||The New Consensus||1|
|2||The De La Rosa Family of East L.A.||13|
|3||The Wallace Family of Indianapolis||73|
|4||The Burns Family of Hawaii||119|
|5||The Cowden Family of Bath County, Virginia||173|
|6||The Burtin Family of Chicago||211|
|7||Preserve, Protect, and Defend: Advancing the Values of America's Families||269|