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Fewer: How the New Demography of Depopulation Will Shape Our Future Paperback – August 4, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
What starts off as a persuasive statistical analysis dwindles into demagoguery in Wattenbergs latest demographic exploration. Wattenberg (The Real America; The Birth Dearth), expanding on previous work, offers a detailed breakdown of trends toward global depopulation. The previous population projections, he considers, grossly overestimated peak population numbers, and even current U.N. projections, he says, tend toward the high side. The discrepancies are due to dramatically decreasing fertility rates throughout the world, he argues, making population growth rate much slower than anticipated. He predicts that after peaking in the next decades, the rate will drop sharply. Wattenbergs book examines these numbers, their causes and their ramifications. Keeping his statistics comprehensible to the demographic novice, he makes a strong case against environmentalist praise of depopulation and skillfully analyzes the economic and social situations that might occur if his predictions play out. However, as Wattenberg surveys the reasons behind declining fertility rates, his arguments take an assertive turn. Wattenberg bemoans abortion, women who put careers before children, homosexuality and co-habitation without marriageall with little of the statistical analysis that bolsters his initial arguments. Wattenberg himself says, "straightforward demographic numbers can engender mighty arguments," but doesnt let his own numbers speak for themselves.
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An engagingly argued look at what happens when we get what we wish for, and Wattenberg is the thinker to write it. (Detroit Free Press)
A remarkable book...in terms of its importance for our country and the world. (Newt Gingrich The Washington Times)
One of the more interesting books of 2004. (Thomas Bray Detroit News)
He has done his homework…in a breezy and provocative style while providing the data to support his concern. (Marshall Fishwick, author of Popular Culture: From Cavespace to Cyberspace The Roanoke Times)
Fewer is an extremely informative and provocative book. (Howard Upton Tulsa World)
This book is the foundation for long-term global econometric and political thinking. (First Principles U.S.)
Fewer provides valuable food for thought. (Tom Baker Daily Yomiuri)
Nimble narrative of demographic data. (Martha Farnsworth Riche World Watch)
Lucidly show[s] how the once-feared population explosion is giving way to a birth dearth. (Marvin Olasky, editor–in–chief, World News Group WORLD)
This thought-provoking book addresses an important issue and is presented in nontechnical language accessible to a wide spectrum of readers. Highly recommended. (W. C. Struning CHOICE)