The War against Parents: What We Can Do for America’s Beleaguered Moms and Dads

By Sylvia Ann Hewlett and Cornel West
Read by Marguerite Gavin and Lloyd James

10.43 Hours 02/05/2000 unabridged
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“One of the best-kept secrets of the last thirty years is that big business, government, and the wider culture have waged a silent war against parents, undermining the work that they do…parents have been left twisting in the wind by a society intent on other agendas.”—from the book In The War against Parents, two different parents from diverse backgrounds—a female economist from Wales and an African American religious studies professor from inner city America—come together to assay what they describe as the world’s antagonism toward parenting. Analyzing the trends that have led to this shift of balance, from changing political and economic forces to the rise of television and divorce, they call for a Parents’ Bill of Rights to restore the dignity of the parental role and our nation’s commitment to the well-being of children.

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Summary

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“One of the best-kept secrets of the last thirty years is that big business, government, and the wider culture have waged a silent war against parents, undermining the work that they do…parents have been left twisting in the wind by a society intent on other agendas.”—from the book

In The War against Parents, two different parents from diverse backgrounds—a female economist from Wales and an African American religious studies professor from inner city America—come together to assay what they describe as the world’s antagonism toward parenting. Analyzing the trends that have led to this shift of balance, from changing political and economic forces to the rise of television and divorce, they call for a Parents’ Bill of Rights to restore the dignity of the parental role and our nation’s commitment to the well-being of children.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This splendid book tells more about the crisis our children face today and what we as a nation must do about it than anything I have read.” Doris Kearns Goodwin
“A moving reflection…The narrators are excellent for this material.” AudioFile
“A powerful call for parents to organize and fight back against a society that pays lip service to family values, then abandons mothers and fathers to an economic and political swamp…A potent presentation that may energize legislators and policymakers to end the ‘war’ and reassess the needs of families.” Kirkus Reviews
“Read in tandem by Marguerite Gavin and Lloyd James, this insightful book provides much food for a diverse audience interested in any aspect of family and its relationship to society.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Sylvia Ann Hewlett is an economist and the author of several books, including the award-winning When the Bough Breaks. She is the founder and president of the National Parenting Association and directs the Gender and Policy Program at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, Financial TimesForeign Affairs, and the International Herald Tribune. She is also a frequent guest on television, appearing on Oprah, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Charlie Roseand the Today show. A Kennedy scholar and graduate of Cambridge University, she earned her PhD in economics at London University and currently lives in New York City.

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Author Bio: Cornel West

Cornel West is a philosopher, academic, activist, author, actor, critic, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. He is a graduate of Harvard University and received his PhD at Princeton University. The author of numerous books and articles, he is best known for his three New York Times bestsellers Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and Rich and the Rest of Us, co-authored with Tavis Smiley, as well as his memoir Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.  He appears frequently on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN, and C-Span; he has also appeared in over twenty-five documentaries and films, including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk, and Stand.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 10.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English