Broken Bonds: What Family Fragmentation Means for America's by Mitch Pearlstein

By Mitch Pearlstein

The U.S. has the top family members fragmentation charges within the commercial global. Nonmarital beginning premiums for the kingdom as an entire are 40%, with proportions dramatically greater in lots of groups as outlined by means of race, ethnicity, or geography. Divorce premiums, whereas moderating in fresh many years, are nonetheless envisioned at approximately forty% for first marriages and 50% for moment ones. jointly, this fragmentation affects thousands of kids in addition to adults, resulting in academic, financial, and different losses that during flip bring about reduce social mobility and deepening category divisions.

In damaged Bonds, Mitch Pearlstein explores the declining kingdom of the yankee kinfolk and what its disintegration ability for our destiny. in line with candid interviews with 40 top kin specialists around the political spectrum - from Stephanie Coontz, to Heather Mac Donald - Pearlstein ruminates at the political, social, and religious fallout of this development. In sincere and frank conversations, Pearlstein and his interviewees fearlessly diagnose the issues that many were too timid to discover and recommend how one can opposite those developments that threaten our social cloth.

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Morgantown was ahead, 10–0. “I think we made ourselves a cool 10 grand today,” Snake bragged. 48 A Rush to the Stadium • 9 “Well, just remember whose idea it was,” Louie answered. At that moment, two police cars pulled up outside Dooley’s door. There were six officers inside the cars. Two of them went around to the back of the pool hall. The other four walked in the front door. Louie and Snake were sitting at a table in the far corner of the room. Snake saw the officers first. He didn’t think much about it—the police were always at Dooley’s.

Both dropped to the sidewalk. Then Jim caught the guy who’d asked Peggy to dance and landed a hard punch on his cheekbone. Letting out a cry of pain, the guy fell to the pavement. Jim turned to see Tony struggling with the other three. He pulled one of the men off of his friend and hit him solidly in the 29 THE PASS pit of his stomach. The man doubled over, gasping for air. The last two attackers decided that they’d jumped the wrong people. They turned around and took off running. As Tony and Jim approached the car, Peggy opened the door and jumped out.

They all said together. “Now maybe we can stick around Rockdale instead of going on all those trips,” Aaron added. ” Paul interrupted. ” Now it was Jim’s turn to speak. “Think about it for a minute, Dad. We spent five days in a life raft after our boat sunk. We spent three nights in the desert when our plane crashed. On another trip, we were attacked by a grizzly bear and barely escaped a forest fire. And I’ll never forget struggling through the jungle where I almost got eaten by a school of piranhas.

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