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A professor of public policy at Harvard University, Robert D. Putnam has consulted for the last three American presidents and many other leaders around the globe. His latest book, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis,” is a groundbreaking examination of the growing inequality gap and explores why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility.
Putnam has written 14 books, which have been translated into more than 20 languages. His books “Bowling Alone” and “Making Democracy Work” are among the most cited publications in the social sciences in the last half century.
The conversation between Putnam and Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson was recorded live as part of the Aspen Institute Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series.
Tricia Johnson is editorial director of public programs at the Aspen Institute.