When the Bough Breaks: The Cost of Neglecting Our Children

When the Bough Breaks: The Cost of Neglecting Our Children

by Sylvia Ann Hewlett
     
 

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A compelling, meticulously researched study of the shocking plight of America's children--rich and poor--a book that "talks hard, practical sense . . . and demands the attention of every intelligent citizen."--Washington Post Book World  See more details below

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A compelling, meticulously researched study of the shocking plight of America's children--rich and poor--a book that "talks hard, practical sense . . . and demands the attention of every intelligent citizen."--Washington Post Book World

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hewlett ( A Lesser Life ) declares in this powerful, solidly documented study that America's neglected children are our most pressing human and financial issue. Citing stunning statistics and examples of poverty aggravated by collapse of the family, inadequate health care and schooling, and drug-bred violent crime, the author seeks to arouse what she condemns as a shamefully irresponsible government and self-centered public. Hewlett reorders national priorities for the mammoth task ahead, outlining a plan of action based on prevention and ``bottom-line logic'' that unites ``conscience and convenience,'' calling on government, business, labor, education and public-health leaders to share the burden of raising and educating future generations. 50,000 first printing; first serial to Family Circle; author tour. (June)
Library Journal
Hewlett, an economist, consultant, lecturer, and a volunteer with homeless children, has produced a powerful, extensively researched and often shocking book that explores the plight of a vast number of our children today. She delves into a multitude of problems--substance abuse, emotional instability, and broken homes--that contribute to parental and public neglect. Hewlett also outlines ways society can help to rectify the situation, including educational reform, changes in workplace, and government policies. The author's ``no holds barred'' approach to the harsh reality of neglect stirs the emotions and will no doubt cause public reaction. This book will be of great interest to professionals and general readers, as it is a well-documented, compelling study that fully analyzes a nationwide problem.-- Jo-Anne Mary Benson, Osgoode, Ontario

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060974794
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/28/1992
Edition description:
1st HarperPerennial ed
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.11(w) x 8.11(h) x 1.11(d)

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