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    DescriptionIn Maybe One, Bill McKibben argues that the earth is becoming dangerously overcrowded, and that if more of us chose to have only one child, it would make a crucial difference toward insuring a healthy future for ourselves and our planet. But the environment alone may not persuade most people to consider having just one child, as eighty percent of Americans have siblings. Powerful stereotypes about only children--that they're spoiled, selfish, or maladjusted in some way--still persist. McKibben, the proud father of an only child himself, debunks these myths, citing research about the many emotional and intellectual strengths only children possess. Contrary to the old folk wisdom, only children are very much like everyone else; they are no more likely to be lonely, shy, or difficult to get along with than children with siblings. Only children also receive the benefits of more parental resources and time that are denied to kids with siblings: higher test scores and levels of achievement in school, and greater development of positive personality traits, like maturity and self-control. At once a powerful personal argument and an accessible exploration of what overpopulation could mean to human life, Maybe One is a provocative yet well-reasoned opening to what will be an important and lasting debate.


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    Title
    Maybe One
    Subtitle
    A Case for Smaller Families
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Schumann Distinguished Scholar Bill McKibben
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 195 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780452280922
    ISBN 10: 0452280923
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JHBK
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T9.3
    BIC subject category V2: JFS
    B&T General Subject: 750
    DC21: 304.2
    BIC subject category V2: RGC, VFXB
    Ingram Subject Code: CF
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
    Libri: I-CF
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27210
    BISAC V2.8: FAM034000
    DC22: 304.2
    BISAC V2.8: SOC015000, SOC026010, HEA041000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: HB849.415 .M39 1999
    Publisher
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    PLUME
    Publication date
    14 October 2000
    Author Information
    Bill McKibben is the author of The End of Nature, and The Age of Missing Information. He is a frequent contributor to such publications as Outside, The New York Times, and The New York Review of Books, and a former staff writer at the New Yorker.