Robert D. Putnam is the Malkin Research Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and a former Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Nationally honored as a leading humanist and a renowned scientist, he has written fourteen books, including the bestselling Our Kids and Bowling Alone, and has consulted for the last four US Presidents. In 2012, President Obama awarded him the National Humanities Medal, the nation's highest honor for contributions to the humanities. His research program, the Saguaro Seminar, is dedicated to fostering civic engagement in America. Visit RobertDPutnam.com.
"Bowling Alone provides important new data on the trends in
civic engagement and social capital. . . . It is a formidable
achievement. It will henceforth be impossible to discuss these
issues knowledgeably without reading Putnam's book and thinking
about it."--Paul Starr "The New Republic"
"An ambitious book . . . Bowling Alone is a prodigious achievement. Mr. Putnam's scholarship is wide-ranging, his intelligence luminous, his tone modest, his prose unpretentious and frequently funny."-- "The Economist"
"Crammed with statistics and analyses that seek to document civic decline in the United States. . . . Bowling Alone is to be commended for stimulating awareness of civic engagement and providing a wealth of data on trends in contemporary America."
--Francis Fukuyama "The Washington Post"