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The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators American Society at the End of the 20th Century ((Revised and Expanded Edition)) Paperback – October 19, 1999

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For decades Americans have turned to the Commerce Department's Index of Leading Economic Indicators to spot trends in the economy. The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators brings a similar kind of empirical analysis to the moral, social, and behavioral condition of American society from 1960 to the present--a vivid, clearly accessible portrait in numbers of who and where we are as a nation.

First published in 1994 and now completely updated and considerably expanded, it draws from a wide array of government sources and academic studies to offer comprehensive chapters on crime, the family, youth behavior, education, popular culture, and religion, as well as new chapters on civic participation, international comparisons, and decade-by-decade comparisons. For each topic covered, there are statistical and numerical breakdowns; tables and graphs; ranking of states; and a "Factual Overview" interpreting the data. The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators should serve as the starting point of any discussion about America's moral and cultural condition.

William J. Bennett's provocative introduction provides the essential context and perspective for the data he's collected, offering an assessment of the problems besetting modern America. Some have gotten better--most notably, crime and welfare rates--leading him to conclude that politics and public engagement in social issues can make more of a difference than he once thought. But there is much else of a worrying nature, and Bennett pulls no punches in identifying pathologies and laying out the challenges we face. No one who cares about American society and a whole range of social issues can afford to be without this essential volume--a statistical snapshot, an invaluable sourcebook, and a call to action. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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William J. Bennett has become a nationally prominent spokesperson on behalf of values and morality. The co-director of Empower America, he is a Distinguished Fellow in Cultural Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation and has served as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Secretary of Education, and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the editor of The Book of Virtues and The Moral Compass, and author most recently of the best-selling The Death of Outrage.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (January 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578563445
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578563449
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William J. Bennett served as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H. W. Bush and as Secretary of Education and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Reagan. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Williams College, a doctorate in political philosophy from the University of Texas, and a law degree from Harvard. He is the author of such bestselling books as The Educated Child, The Death of Outrage, The Book of Virtues, and the two-volume series America: The Last Best Hope. Dr. Bennett is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show Bill Bennett's Morning in America. He is also the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute and a regular contributor to CNN. He, his wife, Elayne, and their two sons, John and Joseph, live in Maryland.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NLH on January 14, 2013
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This book looks back at thirty years of cultural movement in the United States. Bennett provides a great overview, as well as more fully developed discussion, on critical areas of health, or un-health as the case may be, of our nation's culture. Great annotation. Definately a must for the reference shelves of thinking Americans.
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The report is excellent. I was disappointed, however, that the figures were not updated to include the last 14 years, during which the pace of change has accelerated. It would be great if the numbers could be brought up to date.
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