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Book Review

Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children

Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
New York: Twelve, 2009. Notes, references, index. xi, 336 pp. $24.99 cloth. ISBN: 9780446504126

by David Elkind

First Paragraph:

Erik Erikson once wrote, "To be heard in the United States you have to take an extreme position and shout it loudly." Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman have taken this advice to heart in their new book. The title gives the impression that readers will be shocked by the revelations the authors bring to light. The problem is that they have to create a number of straw men of nature against whom they can take extreme nurture positions. We can tell they are straw men by the numerous qualifications and exceptions the authors are forced to concede in order to take their positions against them.