Over the past two generations, America has suffered a quiet catastrophe. That catastrophe is the collapse of work - for men. In the half century between 1965 and 2015, work rates for the American male spiraled relentlessly downward, and an ominous migration commenced: a "flight from work," in which ever-growing numbers of working-age men exited the labor force altogether. America is now home to an immense army of jobless men no longer even looking for work - more than seven million alone between the ages of twenty-five and fifty-five, the traditional prime of working life.
- From Men without Work: America's Invisible Crisis by Nicholas Eberstadt