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Charles J. Wheelan '88, Senior Lecturer in Economics and Policy Fellow, Rockefeller Center

This is a fascinating and highly readable exploration of what is happening to the American social and economic fabric by one of the world’s most prominent social scientists. Few books from the academy are as relevant and accessible. This books makes many other social phenomena (e.g. our crazy 2016 presidential race) more understandable. Putnam brings together different strands of social science research and compelling personal stories to deliver a sobering but important message.