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The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis--and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance

The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis--and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance

Written by Ben Sasse

Narrated by Ben Sasse


The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis--and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance

Written by Ben Sasse

Narrated by Ben Sasse

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4.5/5 (15 ratings)
Length:
11 hours
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Released:
May 16, 2017
ISBN:
9781427283108
Format:
Audiobook

Description

America's youth are in crisis. Raised by well-meaning but overprotective parents and coddled by well-meaning but misbegotten government programs, they are ill-equipped to survive in our highly-competitive global economy.

Many of the coming-of-age rituals that have defined the American experience since the Founding: learning the value of working with your hands, leaving home to start a family, becoming economically self-reliant--are being delayed or skipped altogether. The statistics are daunting: 30% of college students drop out after the first year, and only 4 in 10 graduate. One in three 18-to-34 year-olds live with their parents.

From these disparate phenomena: Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse who as president of a Midwestern college observed the trials of this generation up close, sees an existential threat to the American way of life.

In The Vanishing American Adult, Sasse diagnoses the causes of a generation that can't grow up and offers a path for raising children to become active and engaged citizens. He identifies core formative experiences that all young people should pursue: hard work to appreciate the benefits of labor, travel to understand deprivation and want, the power of reading, the importance of nurturing your body--and explains how parents can encourage them.

Our democracy depends on responsible, contributing adults to function properly--without them America falls prey to populist demagogues. A call to arms, The Vanishing American Adult will ignite a much-needed debate about the link between the way we're raising our children and the future of our country.
Publisher:
Released:
May 16, 2017
ISBN:
9781427283108
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse is a fifth-generation Nebraskan. The son of a football and wrestling coach, he attended public school in Fremont, Nebraska, and spent his summers working soybean and corn fields. He was recruited to wrestle at Harvard before attending Oxford, and later earned a Ph.D. in American history from Yale. Prior to the Senate, Sasse spent five years as president of Midland University back in his hometown. As perhaps the only commuting family in the U.S. Senate, Ben and his wife, Melissa, live in Nebraska but are homeschooling their three children as they commute weekly back and forth to Washington, DC.


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  • (5/5)
    Incredibly inciteful and and historically documented progression of Americans to the current generation. Will all the money and effort spent on the next generation be effective? How does it compare to the past and does that even matter?
  • (4/5)
    Many of the problems are correctly identified, but it's unclear how the solutions can be made to work.
  • (1/5)
    Ben Sasse just abandoned the principles of "character" he lectures us about in this politically self-serving, conservative values-claiming book. He voted to support Trump's fake "emergency" in the Senate on 14 March 2019.

    Twelve other Senate Republicans saw that this was constitutional overreach to circumvent the power of Congress. Sasse capitulated to Trump.

    The vote was 420 to ZERO in Congress. Emergency powers cannot be used unless they are: "necessary, sudden, urgent, unforseen and not permanent", as GOP Senator Susan Collins noted in voting against it.

    In sum, Sasse repeats the obvious about moral decline in this book -- but does not live by it himself when he exercises his own power to vote in the Senate.