Posterity Lost: Progress, Ideology, and the Decline of the American Family

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Posterity Lost provides a penetrating analysis of two developments which are revolutionizing late 20th century America. The decline of the American family and a waning faith in the Idea of Progress are in sharp contrast to our historic past. Richard T. Gill links these two significant developments by examining our changing attitudes to the future. Americans today increasingly focus on the short term instead of a long term view, and the losers in this myopic process are both the family, which is responsible for rearing the future generation, and the 'Idea of Progress,' which once guaranteed that future generations would enjoy increasingly happy and productive lives.

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Richard T. Gill held several teaching and administrative positions at Harvard over a period of twenty-two years. He is the author of numerous books, including Evolution of Modern Economics, Economics and the Public Interest, and Great Debates in Economics. He has also published short stories in the Atlantic and The New Yorker. He divides his time between Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Chocorua, New Hampshire.

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A wise, wide-ranging and penetrating analysis of why marriage and the nuclear family in America are in such trouble, and what we can do about it. (David Popenoe, author of Life Without Father, Promises to Keep, and Disturbing the Nest)

No one who reads Posterity Lost will fail to learn from it. (David Blankenhorn, author of Fatherless America)

A tour de force analysis of the current woes that have beset the American family (Brigitte Berger, Boston University)

A subtle and deeply troubling analysis of the remarkable changes in family life in the past 30 years, and the concurrent uneasiness that is so widespread in contemporary society, despite our great economic, scientific and technological successes. It's a very good book. (Nathan Glazer, Harvard University School of Education)

Gill has written a book of the first importance about the central concern of American society, the sudden, unprecedented, altogether unanticipated collapse of the 'traditional' family structure. A superbly insightful work. (Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan)

Posterity Lost will be one of the most influential treatments of family change in this decade. (Norval D. Glenn American Journal of Sociology)

Gill has wonderful insights sprinkled throughout the book, page after page. (Patrick Fagan, William H. Fitzgerald Fellow, The Heritage Foundation Crisis)

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