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The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization Paperback – September 16, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
Then a funny thing happened. She started hitting on several issues that were hard to deny. Like how children are more and more becoming the center of the universe these days. And how parents are doing less and less to impart our cultural values to these children. The vulgarization of language that recently popped up in the media and the soft-porn that is creeping into it as well. Stories of parents throwing wild parties for their kids that could never happen when we ourselves were children. The yearly ritual of spring break and the debauchery it spawns in our kids. Parents accompanying their kids on these 'binges' and renting hotel rooms for them instead of standing up to them as our parents would've. Rationalizing it all with an "at least they'll be safe" attitude.
Then she really gets going.Read more ›
Diana West is a very bright and insightful author whose refreshing look at our culture and its decent into immaturity and callowness is long overdue. She tells us that we need to stop being afraid of being an adult, of standing for something other than self-indulgence. She castigates multiculturalism as as a childish refusal to make moral and ethical distinctions between right and wrong, good and bad. We need to stop being afraid to face the truth and speak openly about it. Instead we succumb to the childishness of relativism and nihilism rather than face the more cumbersome questions of adulthood.Read more ›
I've been watching the downhill spiral of changes of our society and culture myself since high school ~40 years ago.
It's way past time to honestly, boldly speak the truth; to yell out (as in the story Ms. West refers to), "The Emperor has no clothes."
The one-star review above is sadly light-years wide of the mark in virtually every one of its aspects.
It could not be expressed better than as is clearly stated in the words of that review itself: the positions, attitudes, and statements in that review represent a major part of the problem our civilization is facing.
Also sadly, yet another example of, "If it has to be explained to you, you'll never understand."
Merely pointing out the truth.
Read Ms. West's book; and hope there's some way we can rally our culture, get the grownups back in charge, and pull our society out of the cesspool.
Capitalism didn't do it. Reagan didn't do it. We did it. All by ourselves.
Personal responsibility, or lack thereof, can't be denied as the cause of the party-with-your-kids-parents who exist today.
Read the book. Then read it to your kids.
It is not an easy read but it is a valuable read if you have any interest in the future of the United States of America or, on a more global scale, Western Civilization itself.
Ms. West's book is also a sobering read; she points out in very clear terms the problems our society faces today. As our society goes, so go the lives of the members of that society. Our society and we as members of that society are facing one of the greatest threats in the history of Western Civilization.
One of the most dangerous aspects of that threat is our refusal to even identify the threat or acknowledge that it exists. We appear to think that if we deny that the threat is real, it may even cease to be a threat. That is truly delusional.
The threat is Islam and the Quran (and yes, I do have a copy of the Quran and have read many portions of it, but mostly use it as a reference). Islam has a clear agenda which includes the United States. Islam's goal is the conversion of all peoples and nations to a global caliphate under Sharia law. If you do not understand the implications of an Islamic society under Sharia law, you better start doing your homework; this book is an excellent place to start.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the best books I have read. The lady knows her stuff and she makes perfect sense. Once you read this book, you will know exactly why we as a country are in the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Federico Hernandez, Sr.
How true. Spot on, see it all around you. This is our culture now.Published 2 months ago by Patricia Hartwig
If you like to read about how our country and Western Civ in general are going to hell, you will enjoy all of Ms. West's books.Published 3 months ago by Lightning
This was my first experience with the writing of Diana West. I borrowed “The Death of the Grown-Up” from my local library after having seen it referenced in yet another book that... Read morePublished 7 months ago by VeritasSemper
So much obvious truth written here. And much common sense. I see her words even validated on a daily basis within our culture, walking next to me on a street.Published 7 months ago by Frank in Delray Beach
Excellent book. I suspect those who enjoy the book will lean conservative and long for a day when being a person of honor and integrity was held in high esteem. Ms. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Randy T.
she rambles on and on too much,and I can't agree on much of what she says.Published 11 months ago by museicalgal
Almost every page contains a remark or an observation that is worth the price of the book. For instance...
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Oh, my -- does she ever hit the nail on the head! And, it's become even truer (and is happening faster) every year. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Linda Adams