America’s unseen social crisis: men without work

Eberstadt’s Men Without Work: America’s Invisible Crisis (Templeton Press) is out now

OVER THE PAST TWO GENERATIONS, AMERICA HAS SUFFERED a quiet catastrophe: the collapse of work—for men. In the half-century between 1965 and 2015, work rates for the American male spiraled relentlessly downward, and an ominous “flight from work” commenced, with ever greater numbers of working-age men exiting the labor force. America is now home to a vast army of jobless men no longer even looking for work—more than 7

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