Fishtown vs. Belmont by Denyse O'Leary

Fishtown vs. Belmont

Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010
by Charles Murray
Crown Forum, 2012
(416 pages, $27.00, hardcover)

reviewed by Denyse O'Leary

The American working class, according to Charles Murray's recent book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010, is letting go of everything that distinguished it decades ago, including work, marriage, volunteering, and churchgoing. But the middle class, for the most part, isn't.

His thesis, that the United States is dividing starkly into an upper and a lower class, hit the talk shops at the end of January as a surprise for m . . .