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A Note on Presentation Preface Introduction to the 2015 Edition Prologue PART I A Generous Revolution 1. The Kennedy Transition 2. "The System Is to Blame" 3. Implementing the Elite Wisdom PART II Being Poor, Being Black: 1950--1980 4. Poverty 5. Employment 6. Wages and Occupations 7. Education 8. Crime 9. The Family 10. The View from 1966 PART III Interpreting the Data 11. The Social Scientists and the Great Experiment 12. Incentives to Fail I: Maximizing Short-Term Gains 13. Incentives to Fail II: Crime and Education 14. The Destruction of Statues Rewards PART IV Rethinking Social Policy 15. What Do We Want to Accomplish? 16. The Constraints on Helping 17. Choosing a Future Appendix: The Data Notes Glossary on Source Abbreviations Bibliography Index

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Charles Murray is W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. A prominent political scientist and author, he first came to national attention in 1984 with the publication of Losing Ground, which served as the intellectual foundation for the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. He is the author of several other books, including the New York Times bestseller The Bell Curve, Coming Apart, What It Means to Be a Libertarian, Real Education, and the forthcoming By the People. He earned a Ph.D. in political science from MIT and lives near Washington, D.C.


Myron Magnet "There's no better proof of the adage that ideas have consequences than Charles Murray's Losing Ground: in its argument, and in the fact that it changed the world." Newt Gingrich "One of the pivotal books around which American history turned." David Frum "One of the outstanding works of the pioneering era of conservative thought."

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