Surprising proof that conservatives really are more compassionate--and more generous--than liberals
Here, economics and public policy scholar Brooks offers up impressive research on the demographics of charitable giving, revealing that religious people (i.e., belonging to any faith, they regularly attend religious services) give much more to charity in both dollars and volunteer hours than secular people. Brooks's writing is clear, crisp, and readable despite his abundant number-crunching using 2000 and 2002 statistics. An occasionally overheated style somewhat weakens the impact of his scholarship. That he has chosen to frame his findings as a story of conservatives vs. liberals rather than allowing the more complex and more interesting story revealed by his data to speak for itself is unfortunate. Brooks disproves the truism that liberals are generous and conservatives stingy, but his tone gives the whole affair a partisan feel. Despite this, Brooks has a fascinating story to tell about the state of charity in the United States who gives, why it matters, and what can be done to increase it. Recommended for public and academic libraries.