Review of Charles Murray book

by Andrew Gelman on April 19, 2012 · 3 comments

in General Politics

Bo and Ben Winegard have some thoughtful reactions to the controversial new book, “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010.” The Winegards agree with me that Murray makes a mistake on focusing on upper-class liberals and not considering upper-class conservatives as well. (They include one of our Red State Blue State graphs to make the point.) But the review is not purely critical; it concludes: “Murray’s narrative is true enough to merit reflection. And, for whatever the flaws, the book is a serious attempt to grapple with a potentially urgent problem, and for that we should be thankful.”

My thoughts on Murray’s book are here.

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