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Our kids : the American Dream in crisis

Author: Robert D Putnam
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Simon & Schuster, 2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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A ground-breaking examination of the growing inequality gap: why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility. It's the American dream: get a good education, work hard, buy a house, and achieve prosperity and success. This is the America we believe in-a nation of opportunity, constrained only by ability and effort. But during the last twenty-five years we have seen a disturbing "opportunity gap"  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert D Putnam
ISBN: 9781476769899 1476769893 9781476769905 1476769907
OCLC Number: 950876113
Description: 386 pages : illustrations, maps
Contents: The American dream : myths and realities --
Families --
Parenting --
Schooling --
Community --
What is to be done? --
The stories of our kids / Jennifer M. Silva and Robert D. Putnam.
Responsibility: Robert D. Putnam

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New York Times bestseller and examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone.  Read more...

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