Fatherless America. David Blankenhorn, Welcome Home, 6/1/ This fact is so disturbing that many people prefer to ignore it. Our public debate on the family . In this book, author David Blankenhorn discusses the harms of fatherlessness and makes the Good Family Man, a disappearing entity, his main protagonist. “With passion and precision, Fatherless America demonstrates that whether our concern is with teenage pregnancy, crime, violence David Blankenhorn asks.

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Account Options Sign in. This blind spot in social and academic research, I believe, causes so many well-intentioned and extremely intelligent people to miss the mark when it comes to child well-being and human thriving.

The Unnecessary Amfrica “new idea” that American men are no longer a requirement in American families and for single mothers having a father for the kids is “important Masculinity, understood as anything other than a rejection of traditional masculinity, is widely viewed with hostility, blamed by experts as the cause of everything from nuclear weapons to the destruction of the rain forests.

The Diminishment daid American Fatherhood. BasicBooks- Social Science – pages. We face a cultural loss, affecting every home.

He came, he impregnated, she couldn’t stand him, so he left. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem

Blankenhorn is founder and president of the Blankenhorh for American Values and has blankennorn been a key figure in the public debate on marriage and the family as well as a prominent leader in the fatherhood movement. Certainly, the good family man still exists. Congratulations to all the second marriages out there that have managed to make it work but its hard.


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He is the Superfluous Father with a humane face. I wish everyone would read it. It sounds antiquated, almost embarrassing. Laura rated it it was amazing Feb 26, This conclusion holds true even when differences of race, class, and income are taken into account. Fatherless America is not only a review of the past, it is a prophecy of our future if we don’t respond to the most troubling and disastrous demographic trend of the last several generations: By no one’s even talking about this guy anymore.

Sometimes, for example, he plays the role of sperm bank. Sperm father is now the cousin of The Deadbeat Dad. The New Father-I can’t help but think of gay men because this is the father who takes on the traditional feminine roles of changing diapers and doing the laundry while his wife brings home the bacon. Although it was written and published over twenty years ago, its commentary and warnings feel not only prescient but present and painful.

Amy rated it really liked it May 18, Rev AC Thomas rated it really liked it Sep 24, My library Help Advanced Book Search. It’s a small part.

FATHERLESS AMERICA by David Blankenhorn | Kirkus Reviews

He tries to maintain a relationship with his kids. His assertion comes across as one of common sense prevention rather than creating more expensive and far less effective social programs.

Tulasi Adeva rated it liked it Jun 04, If ameriica are a child who has been sexually abused in your home, the chances of the abuser being someone other than your biological father are about 40 to one.

Fatherless America is one of the most important books I have read in years. In fagherless detail, David Blankenhorn documents the undoing of the time-honored role of fathers in contemporary society to the point where “experts” now advocate for other models of fatherhood, and even redefining the term father itself.



Books by David Blankenhorn. It is also losing the idea of fatherhood. Mitt Romney comes to mind. Es rated it really liked it Oct 19, In short, when it comes to marital commitment and family obligation, many of us new fathers — fathers in an increasingly fatherless society — could do worse than remember our old fathers, the good family men. Before they reach age eighteen, more than half of our nation’s children will spend a significant portion of their childhood living apart from their fathers.

Fatherlessness is the most important predictor of juvenile crime — a greater predictor than race or income.

Children do not need more nurturing, school curriculums, books and other media affirming their plight as children without parentage, teaching them that they have “many fathers,” or that some families don’t have fathers at all, and telling them “they are all right,” and that it’s all okay. Although it’s packed with social research, data, and statistics, the most compelling argument it makes is one of ideas.

But he is losing ground. Gary Evey rated it really liked it Feb 08, FthenakisAmeria Minsel Snippet view – Some of the most disheartening facts in the book: Share Email to a Friend.