"The book has much to commend it, e.g., its convincing argument that the Social Security trust fund is meaningless, critique of official forecasts regarding the system, and warnings that Medicare reform deserves greater attention....General readers and upper-division undergraduate students."
"[A]n examination of the pressing social and economic problems of the American middle class and how they can be alleviated in an equitable and logical manner that will satisfy both the political right and the left."
"[A]n attempt to bridge the political and economic chasms that separate idea for solving the country's problems, the authors say they believe that Republicans and Democrats can sit down, make policies, admit mistakes and come up with solutions."
"The father-and-son team, who integrate two different political viewpoints (fiscally conservative and socially liberal), offer specific recommendations for improving Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in socially responsible ways that relieve some of the stress on the middle class and promote upward mobility."
"A fascinating amalgam of social policy recommendations by a conservative (right-wing) economist father and his liberal (left-wing) historian son. It is a refreshing antidote to the slanted and dishonest descriptions that currently prevail in the public debate. Although I do not subscribe in every detail to the Santows' arguments and proposals, they present a useful compromise as to what the country could and should do to deal with the divisive problems facing us. What is perhaps the most instructive is the huge extent to which both right and left would have to retreat from the ideological sloganeering to reach any useful agreement. Both authors will be regarded as traitorous renegades by their constituencies. The reader will have to judge whether the country can arrive at a fruitful reconciliation of views was apparently accomplished by the authors within the family."
"[A] thoughtful analysis of the core fiscal problems our nation's economy and our government now face, including not just the Social Security program highlighted in the book's title, but Medicare and Medicaid as well. If more Americans understood what the Santows have to say, our prospects for successfully meeting these difficult challenges would be significantly greater."
"This important book should be read by every American. By examining the program of Social Security and its historical roots, this book forces us to think about what we owe one another and what ties us together as a nation bonded together by civic principles. America is in deep danger of losing a sense of mutual obligations and the importance of a healthy middle class; this book alerts us to that danger with clarity and conviction."