The Future of Us: What the Dreams of Children Mean for Twenty-First-Century America

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Columbia University Press
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6.3 X 1.2 X 9.1 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Irwin Redlener, a pediatrician, is president emeritus and cofounder of Children's Health Fund and founding director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University's Earth Institute, where he is a senior research scholar. Jane Pauley is a television journalist and author. She is the anchor of CBS Sunday Morning and was previously cohost of Dateline NBC and NBC's Today.


A must-read for anyone who loves and cares about children and our future.--Utica Dispatch
Excellently done, and will be an inspiration to those who read it. It particularly addresses the need to form collaborations with others involved in caring for children in their communities. I cannot name another individual who could have written this book, considering Redlener's vast experience.--Michael Kappy, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Illuminating.--Amy E. Treat, Dept. of Human Development and Family Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK "Journal of Children and Poverty "
This is the book our troubled era has been waiting for. In his beautifully written, fearless exploration of the lives of vulnerable children, Dr. Redlener offers us profound insights into ourselves and our society. The Future of Us is not just wise and wonderful, it's essential for everyone who cares about the well-being of our children and the nation as a whole.--Bob Herbert, Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and former columnist for the New York Times
The Future of Us will inform you, fascinate you, and most of all, inspire you. Join Dr. Irwin Redlener, America's leading advocate for children's health, as he makes his life journey from rural America to medical school in Europe and the U.S., to treating America's poor children in the South during the civil rights era to his remarkable creativity and national leadership in founding and leading the Children's Health Fund and the Children's Hospital in New York City. Irwin and his partner and wife Karen have improved the health and life prospects of millions upon millions of children, but Redlener never flags in his efforts to do more, and to remind us--with great urgency and eloquence--how much better we can and must do for America's and the world's poor and vulnerable children.--Jeffrey D. Sachs, University Professor of Sustainable Development, Columbia University
The world needs to listen to the message of the amazing Irwin Redlener--that every child, no matter where and whom they are born to, deserves a chance in life. It truly is "the future of us."--Carolyn Miles, president and CEO, Save the Children
As cofounder with Dr. Redlener of Children's Health Fund, I have watched him grapple for more than thirty years with the problem of inadequate health care for our poor and working-class children. In clear, often emotional language, Redlener lays out the costs borne by children and our society of failing to resolve these health access issues. Still an optimistic realist, he offers solutions in The Future of Us that are both feasible and affordable.--Paul Simon
In this incredibly personal and readable story of the activist pediatrician who created the big blue bus and brought comprehensive medical care to underserved, at-risk children all over the United States, Redlener argues that by eradicating our differences of opportunity, we can increase the well-being, prosperity, and potential of all Americans. Read this, and become inspired yourself!--Julianne Moore
A deeply moving memoir and call to action.--San Francisco Review of Books
Motivating and immensely uplifting; an engaging intimate memoir about impassioned connectedness with children in dire need.--Kirkus Reviews
In an engaging and heartfelt manner, The Future of Us provides snapshots of the appalling conditions facing children living in poverty in America, and then presents much-needed practical solutions to help them. I highly recommend it.--Dan Klores, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker
Ultimately, The Future of Us isn't a memoir about Redlener but a tale told to inspire others to engage in issues, to show them that politics and policy isn't some airy thing divorced from their experience.--Misanthropester
An extraordinary read from cover to cover, The Future of Us is one of those compelling personal stories that will linger in the mind and memory of the reader long after the book itself as been finished.--Midwest Book Review
Hard-hitting and personal, The Future of Us makes an impassioned plea for change based not only on study but on personal experience, arguing that America needs to drastically change its viewpoints and attitudes towards social programs and helping kids.--Donovans Bookshelf