Kristin's Reviews > Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

Bowling Alone by Robert D. Putnam
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Sep 29, 2009

really liked it
Read in October, 2009

There are some pretty large problems with this book, not the least of which is Putnam's quickly brushing over anything that can be problematic about community and the dated feeling that his statements about the telephone and internet give the book, but putting this aside, Bowling Alone is a nice treatise on community and its importance in the US. When I first started reading, I thought I would bore quickly of the style, which is a basic pulling and analysis of statistics, but for some reason, I stayed interested. This is clearly a work of deep research, and it's nice to read something so passionately researched that is also a compelling read. I'd recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in creating community or social activism.

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