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The message and methodology in this book are crucial for the times.

Author Nicholas Eberstadt says 10 million U.S. men of prime working age are neither working nor looking for work. Working-age men watch almost six hours of television per day and are less likely to read newspapers, participate in volunteer activities. The book is valuable first for its substance, but also for mode and method. Jared Bernstein challenges the claim that the decline in male workforce participation is linear. He concludes that Eberstadt exaggerates its role in creating the crisis. The book wraps up with a few words of rebuttal from the author, presented as thoughtfully and politely.