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"Pierce is passionate about her concerns for the well-being of American children and youth. Her arguments . . . are well-grounded in theoretical and empirical work. . . . [What] she has to say is convincing."
—William A. Corsaro, Contemporary Sociology
"She appeals to parents who have surreptitiously surrendered the privilege of nurturing their young to day care centers and media screens, under the politically correct banner of liberation--and her appeal is compelling. Arguing that the results of this myopic social experiment have been disastrous, she sends an urgent warning that children are in jeopardy when they are deprived of their developmental need for a secure, meaningful attachment to a loving parent. This book is in effect as SOS to a sinking culture--one that has set its most vulnerable citizens adrift without social, emotional, or spiritual moorings. Highly recommended. All levels, all readers."
—S. Durr, Choice
"Gutsy and provocative, Anne Pierce presents an articulate, no-holds-barred indictment of current child-rearing practices. Read this book, and you will have plenty to talk--and to think--about!"
—Jane M. Healy, Educational psychologist and author of Endangered Minds
"Thoughtful parents will find Anne Pierce's Ships Without a Shore a provocative, even disturbing book. She challenges the ethos of self-fulfillment, personal achievement, and moral relativism propagated by conventional wisdom and popular culture, and draws a bleak picture of its effects on child rearing. Drawing on her own experience as a parent and observation of other parents and children as well as on neurological, psychological, and other social scientific research, taking a long historical perspective and appealing to the insights of an earlier philosophical and religious tradition, Anne Pierce talks unfashionably and compellingly about children's natural needs for stable parental love and care and to be taught right and wrong and have their innocence protected from corruption."
—Nathan Tarcov, University of Chicago
"Ships without a Shore provides a vivid and stinging critique of the state of affairs of our young - from babies to adolescents. Anne R. Pierce provides a compelling discussion of the key issues that contribute to child development and health as well as more subtle aspects of life such as optimism and positive expectations, from parenting to peer and media influences in our rapidly changing world. Exhibiting exceptional scholarly review, she presents arguments from a range of fields touching child development using summary and quotation surrounded by her own analyses. In this way, she raises concerns about the way in which modern forces are filling our children's lives with information and busy activities that have empty materialistic goals and do not engender introspection, enjoyment of simple pleasures. This book raises the alarm that current conditions are creating children without a moral compass... especially during developmental phases which set the capacity for these feelings to ever develop. She argues convincingly that without appropriate time to reflect on the wonders of being alive during the right developmental stages, we may be raising an antisocial and non-creative generation of children who will grow to become adults unable to reach their imaginative, altruistic and emotionally balanced potential because of this neglect and materialistic environment. This is an extremely important book on the importance and challenges of child development at our current technological crossroads at which media is able to deliver incredible "programming" to our youth to massive and potentially disastrous effect."
—James E. Swain MD, PhD, FRCPC, Child Study Center at Yale University
Anne R. Pierce is an independent scholar with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She has published articles on social/political issues and foreign policy and is particulary interested in transition periods in American life. She is the author of Woodrow Wilson and Harry Truman: Mission and Power in American Foreign Policy, available from Transaction.
I didn't start school until I was 7 years old and I managed to move to USA, learn english language, finish engineering degree and become a mommy. Read morePublished on April 17, 2010 by First Time Mom
In Ships Without A Shore Anne Pierce does in fact examine the heart of current issues. The rapid flow of soundbytes of information in our online age leads to often rapid 'expert... Read morePublished on November 18, 2009 by GarryM
An insightful critique of the restlessness of American life and its detrimental affects on children, Pierce's Ships Without A Shore reads like a twenty-first century supplement to... Read morePublished on November 30, 2008 by Judith A. Swanson
This book is well researched and well written. It has been encouraging to me as a new stay-at-home-mom that I am "good enough" and my child is not missing out on any developmental... Read morePublished on August 4, 2008 by L. Zucker
Motivated by the negligence of modern parents on determining appropriate childrearing approaches, Anne Pierce examines the harsh consequences American society inflicts upon our... Read morePublished on July 30, 2008 by Mollee Branden