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"A fast-paced read which shows why, as my grandfather said, we need some 'safeguards against misfortune in this man-made world of ours.' In this world where Social Security is under attack, this book is a must-read to be able to refute the people who want to dismantle it." --James Roosevelt, Grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and former associate commissioner of Social Security
"Thorough, compelling, and engagingly written, The Battle for Social Security is essential reading for anyone wondering whether our nation's most successful domestic program is sustainable in the twenty-first century. Altman delivers the knockout punch to private accounts and other proposals to radically reform Social Security, while showing the way to truly strengthen Social Security within the principles that have guided this vital institution since its inception." --John Rother, Director of Policy and Strategy, AARP
"I love Social Security like my mother's cookies--it embodies our best ideals for America. Now it is the job of younger generations to carry the vision forward. That means knowing where Social Security came from. If you want a history with action, read The Battle for Social Security. I enthusiastically endorse it." --Hans Riemer, Washington Director, Rock the Vote
"As Nancy Altman proves, there is no reason why history and policy analysis have to be dull. Her new book on Social Security, aimed principally at the non-expert is fun to read, while telling the important story with accuracy and insight. It is a must-read for all who would understand the current ideological struggle, 'from FDR's vision to Bush's gamble.'" --Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.)
"Nancy Altman's comprehensive history of Social Security provides a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at America's political and legislative process. This is a must-read for the policy leaders who will now determine Social Security's future. Altman breathes new life into the players and politics, both past and present, that have made Social Security the success it is today." --Hon. Barbara B. Kennelly, former congresswoman and current President of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
"Altman's book was written with a general audience in mind, but it provides, with first-rate scholarship, much that is new for scholars of the American welfare state. The Battle for Social Security is a well-crafted, fascinating, and thought-provoking history of a social insurance program that affects all Americans. I highly recommend it for both audiences, expert and lay." --Ted Marmor, Professor of Political Science, Management and Law, Yale University
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