The Most Influential Books of the Last 20 Years

The Most Influential Books of the Last 20 Years
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Robert Putnam's magisterial and sharply written account of civic life and social cohesion in postwar America, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (Simon & Schuster, 2000), sparked debates across the academy and shaped the agenda of countless community organizations. Its influence over public-policy makers in the United States and beyond extends to this day.

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