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By one reading, things look pretty good for Americans today: The country is richer than ever before, and the unemployment rate is down by half since the Great Recession.

But a closer look shows that something is going seriously wrong. This is the collapse of work - especially among America's men. Political economist Nicholas Eberstadt shows that while "unemployment" has gone down, America's work rate is also lower today than a generation ago - and that the work rate for US men has been spiraling downward for half a century. Astonishingly, the work rate for American males aged 25-54 - or "men of prime working age" - was actually slightly lower in 2015 than it had been in 1940, before the war and at the tail end of the Great Depression.

Today, nearly one in six prime working-age men has no paid work at all - and nearly one in eight is out of the labor force entirely, neither working nor even looking for work. This new normal of "men without work", argues Eberstadt, is "America's invisible crisis".

So who are these men? How did they get there? What are they doing with their time? And what are the implications of this exit from work for American society?

©2016 Nicholas Eberstadt (P)2017 Tantor

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“An unsettling portrait not just of male unemployment, but also of lives deeply alienated from civil society.” ( The New York Times)

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  • David Rivera
  • 26-03-2019

Worthwhile book but hard to translate into audio

Without a doubt the information contained in the book is worth the price of admission however the heavy reliance on numbers makes listening tedious. This book needs another edition specifically intended for audio.

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  • Jerremy Morgan
  • 04-05-2020

Why can some healthy, able-bodied men, not work?

Full of data to support Eberstadt's ideas. Many of us know men personally or know of men, who do not work. This concept flies in the face of what we are told we should be, as productive citizens of society, self-supporters, and supporters of our family. As Eberstadt put forward his ideas and data, he reveals a compelling and otherwise hidden truth, that many men just do not wish to work anymore. These men would rather do something else, whatever that is, than labor daily to bring in money, only to have it disappear into the abyss of the economy. Thankfully, for most of us, these men without jobs are the exception, rather than the commonplace rule. However, Eberstadt states that the collective problem for the U.S. is much, much larger than the one or two people we know, its an epidemic in the U.S.

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  • Richard Cimino
  • 11-12-2018

Omits today’s social environment

They go into the disability aspect and the criminal as well.
What they made no mention of, was the feminism aspect,
And the hostile work environment for men today.
Pound me to,and false accusations do not encourage men to enter
The work force.
This is a real issue of significance. Omitting it leaves the story incomplete!

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