Charles Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He came to national attention first in 1984 with Losing Ground and most recently in 2012 with Coming Apart. He lives with his wife in Burkittsville, Maryland.
Mr. Murray's sobering portrait is of a nation where millions of people are losing touch with the founding virtues that have long lent American lives purpose, direction and happiness. -- Wall Street Journal [Murray] argues for the need to focus on what has made the U.S. exceptional beyond its wealth and military power...religion, marriage, industriousness, and morality. -- Booklist (Starred Review) [A] timely investigation into a worsening class divide no one can afford to ignore. -- Publisher's Weekly [An] incisive, alarming, and hugely frustrating book about the state of American society. -- Bloomberg Businessweek 'Coming Apart brims with ideas about what ails America. -- Economist PRAISE FOR COMING APART I'll be shocked if there's another book this year as important as Charles Murray's Coming Apart. -- David Brooks, The New York Times