Our Kids

Putnam begins with his high school class of 1959 in Port Clinton, Ohio. The vast majority of those students — "our kids" — went on to lives better than those of their parents. But their children and grandchildren have had harder lives amid diminishing prospects. Putnam tells of lessening opportunity through poignant life stories of rich and poor kids from cities and suburbs, drawing on a formidable body of research done just for this book.