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on January 25, 2006
I read Himmelfarb's book hoping to gain some insight as to the "moral decay" that so many talk about...what I found was:

a) simplistic values and generalities overstated,

b) many "moral deficiencies" undiscussed, and

c) no solutions.

Her book reads like a long-winded essay that hopes to impress because it uses big words and has lots of footnotes to show she "did her homework." Unfortunately, she uses statistics selectively and only when they help her point (using the phrase "But statistics don't tell the entire story..." far too often). She also cuts references' contexts, so that her point is made (even if the reference is not quite on the same line of thinking).

After completing the book, I must admit that it's a wonderful thing to always be right. Had a black, single mother written this same book, it would never have been published. Connections help!
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on December 5, 2004
Some interesting points made, the author is too quick to draw a strong line connecting the "moral decay" of our society in part to non-traditional families. She focuses too strongly on the negative statistics associated with our changing family structure while under-stating the benefits (and statistics) that show how this individualism has allowed our country to prosper and which has provided women and minorities a world of opportunities which did not exist 50 years ago.
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