is an immensely useful book. It deals with an important topic by drawing on a unique data set, analyzing and interpreting the data in a very sophisticated fashion and presenting the results in clear, straightforward prose. The book is dense with useful and interesting information, and the authors have made a very important contribution. They are masters at what they do.
--Norval Glenn, The University of Texas at Austin
This is the best and most comprehensive examination available of how the institution of marriage in America has changed over the past few decades.
--David Popenoe (International Journal of Sociology of the Family
One of the most comprehensive studies of marriage.
--Sue Shellenbarger (Wall Street Journal
The authors find increasing separateness in aspects of marital life, along with maintained or even increased stability and commitment to the relationship. The details hold as much interest as the big picture...[A] landmark, authoritative, complex but readable study...This book offers a wealth of useful information to professional helpers, clergy, judges, policy makers, and general readers. A cornucopia of data and ideas, it is a boon to everyone who wants to know what is going on at home in America.
--E. James Lieberman (PsycCritiques
] makes an important and timely contribution to the current debate about the meaning of marriage in American society...For teachers and researchers in marriage and family studies, this book is an extremely valuable resource.
--Susan D. Stewart (American Journal of Sociology
About the Author
Paul R. Amato is Professor of Sociology at the Pennsylvania State University.
Alan Booth is Professor of Sociology at the Pennsylvania State University.
David R. Johnson is Professor of Sociology at the Pennsylvania State University.
Stacy J. Rogers is Professor of Sociology at the Pennsylvania State University.