Ivan R. Dee
Trim: 6 x 8¾
978-1-56663-709-1 • Hardback • October 2006 • $22.50 • (£16.99)
Kay Hymowitz thoughtfully takes on the minimalists who say a marriage is just a shack-up plus a piece of paper. Her elegant essays show that marriage is an essential culture-preserver, poverty-fighter, and life-improver.
— Marvin Olasky, editor–in–chief, World News Group; WORLD
America could save itself a lot of trouble by paying attention to what [Hymowitz] writes.
— Theodore Dalrymple, author of Our Culture, What’s Left of It
A sobering investigation of the widening gap in the American social structure that's being caused by new attitudes toward marriage.
— Ron Haskins
The most fascinating (but grimmest) sections...deal with child-rearing skills in unmarried America.
— Charlotte Hays; The Wall Street Journal
Marriage and Caste in America should provoke serious thought about how marriage has become a class issue—and what we can do about it.
— Christine B. Whelan; New York Post
— David Brooks; The New York Times
Hymowitz...has concluded that the family revolution [is both] bad news for children [and] has had the effect of stratifying the country as a whole.
— Steve Goddard's History Wire
Hymowitz provides an arresting diagnosis of American social ills.
— Cheryl Miller; The American Conservative
Hymowitz has the gift of being able to convey complicated ideas, theories, and history in lucid and witty language.
— Lisa Schiffren; COMMENTARY
A strong case for the value of marriage.
— Today's Machine World
A short and readable volume.... Hymowitz has surely contributed...to creating the present hopeful moment for mainstream America.
— Claudia Anderson; The Weekly Standard
Kay Hymowitz makes a persuasive case in Marriage and Caste in America that the best social program is actually marriage.
— David Forsmark; Front Page Magazine
[The author] has the gift of being able to convey complicated ideas, theories, and history in language that is lucid and-most precious of all in discussions of marriage and family-witty. It is a pleasure to read her essays....an intelligent, compelling case....Clear and forceful conclusions about what is missing from the impoverished lives that she describes so well.
— Book Review Digest
Hymowitz cogently lays out a case that when it comes to reducing poverty, economics and family structure can't be separated.
Beautifully written tour de force of contemporary American family life.
— W Bradford Wilcox, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Virginia and fellow of the Witherspoon Institute; First Things
Powerful...unflinching...analysis of this crisis of the black abandonment of marriage.
— Gregory J. Sullivan; Evening Bulletin
[A] fascinating and informational [book] that you ought to read.
— Dr. Laura Schlessinger
If we don't fix the institution of marriage, we are headed for a two-tiered society