Who We Are: A Portrait of America Based on the: Latest U.S. Census Revised and Updated

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

A compelling, expertly guided tour of the places and personalities behind the numbers of the bicentennial census of 1990, Who We Are offers a revealing view of how and where we live, our changing complexion, what we're worth, and how we're aging. In Who We Are, Sam Roberts reveals an America that is radically transformed -- a transformation with profound social, economic, and political consequences that we are only beginning to grasp. Here is a dynamic picture of the American people and a preview of where we're headed as the next century begins.

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"Sam Roberts has taken millions of recently collected and even more recently crunched bits of data...and woven them into a highly informative, carefully illustrated, easily readable, jargon-free narrative."

-- Peter I. Rose, New York Newsday

"A dazzling look at America."

-- Marsha Mercer, The Tampa Tribune and Times

"In a thorough, lively analysis of the underlying data, Mr. Roberts breathes life back into the Census Bureau's arid arithmetic. With wit -- and a wary eye for the manipulative uses to which statistics are put in politics and the marketplace -- he illuminates the forces driving the nation's social-policy debates. Along the way, he reveals a puckish penchant for wordplay that leavens the heavy emphasis on numbers."

-- Dick Kirschten, The New York Times

"At times buoyant and even jaunty, Who We Are is a valuable book. I can't think of a better book to add to every high-school reading list in America."

-- Cullen Murphy, The New York Times Book Review

About the Author:

Sam Roberts is urban affairs columnist of The New York Times and hosts a nightly interview program on New York 1, Time Warner's all-news cable television channel. A graduate of Cornell University, he lives in Manhattan.

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