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

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

by Diana West
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The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization by Diana West

Diana West sees a US filled with middle-age guys playing air guitar and thinks "No wonder we can't stop Islamic terrorism." She sees Moms Who Mosh and wonders "Is there a single adult left anywhere?" But, the grown-ups are all gone. The disease that killed them was incubated in the sixties to a rock-and-roll score, took hold in the seventies with the help of multiculturalism and left us with a nation of eternal adolescents who can't decide between "good" and "bad", a generation who can't say "no". From the inability to nix a sixteen year-old's request for Marilyn Manson concert tickets to offering adolescents parentally-funded motel rooms on prom night to rationalizing murderous acts of Islamic suicide bombers with platitudes of cultural equivalence, West sees us on a slippery slope that's lead to a time when America has forgotten its place in the world. In The Death of the Grown-Up Diana West serves up a provocative critique of our dangerously indecisive world leavened with humor and shot through with insight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466840751
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/16/2008
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 495,901
File size: 483 KB

About the Author

DIANA WEST is a Washington Times op-ed columnist, syndicated by United Media, who has contributed to many other publications including the Wall Street Journal, Weekly Standard, New Criterion, Public Interest, Women's Quarterly and Washington Post Magazine. She has also written fiction for Atlantic Monthly. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Diana West is the author of The Death of the Grown-Up. She writes a syndicated column that appears in about 120 newspapers and online sites weekly, including the Washington Examiner,, and She is also an online contributor to Breitbart's BigPeace. Her work has appeared in many publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, The New Criterion, and The Washington Post Magazine, and her fiction has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly. She has made numerous television appearances as a CNN contributor to Lou Dobbs Tonight and Lou Dobbs This Week. West is also vice president of The International Free Press Society, and  co-author of Shariah: The Threat to America, a book-length study by 19 national security experts including former CIA director James Woolsey and former US Attorney Andrew C. McCarthy.

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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