Death of the Grown-up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization

Death of the Grown-up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization

by Diana West
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Death of the Grown-up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
SEAL76 More than 1 year ago
I was interested in this book because of my work. I have been a public school teacher for 30 years. Diana West hits on the major problem that is causing our society to fall apart and eventually fail. She sites examples of the complete lack of maturity and responsibility that is plauging this country. Adults should act like they grew up not just grew older. Her writing is clear and concise and from where I sit so truthful it is frightening. Parents who spend as much time playing video games as their children do and don't realize the damage they are doing are suffering from a serious flaw. Fathers and mothers who make sure that their children make every team practice, every game, every dance or drama lesson but don't check their children's homework are not a rarity.These same parents make it to every game or recital but can't find the time to come to parent conferences or Back to School Night. Diana West has put into words exactly what my fellow teachers and I see daily. Every teacher, administrator and parent should read this book. Perhaps then the changes that need to happen will start.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have found yourself muttering about all the social change over your lifetime 'that you only dimly comprehend' this book lays out a compelling case citing causes and effects. If you are a Conservative, you will be in deligthed with the results. If you are a Liberal, you will be delighted - then alarmed. Ms. West's polemic lapses carelessly into the snide which detracts from the seriousness of her argument - she's a better writer than that. But it is well worth reading as it reminds you of how we may have arrived at where we are - both socially and politically. What she's addressing is a confusing and disturbing place where Liberals and Conservatives could actually agree on th facts if they could just stop being Liberals and Conservatives for more than a minute. In this, Ms. West is the first offender. But, hey, it' her book and very interesting.
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dtfamily5 More than 1 year ago
There is so much to LIKE about this book. As someone who comes in at the end of the "Gen X" era, I find a resonance with the basic premise. For some crazy reason, we have accentuated the teen years and have moved away from taking children into adulthood. What I found distracting was the constant feel of "whining" and "pining" for the way things were. West finally gets us to some possible solutions, but I found the whining to be a bit shrill at times. It reminded me of times when I was growing up listening to my parents talk with old friends about the "good ol' days," complaining about my generation, all while I was sitting there with them. There are parts of West's book I thought, "Dear God, I'm becoming my parents!"
JHepp More than 1 year ago
This is not a childrens book. It is an essay on the state of society today, now that teenagers have taken over leadership and direction. It follows some of the same comments made by the historian Lewis Mumford in his classic text "The Myth of the Machine" published 40 years ago.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago