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To the Editor:

I am grateful to Chester E. Finn, Jr. for his generous and insightful review of my book, Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem [Books in Review, April]. But may I quarrel with him on one issue—not just to defend my book or the National Fatherhood Initiative, but to clarify what I believe is an important and much misunderstood point?

Mr. Finn does not like my recommendations for strengthening fatherhood. Here, it seems, at the end of an “otherwise excellent book,” I suddenly “pull my punches,” offering “pretty pallid stuff” that is “bland and almost comically lacking in force.” To Mr. Finn, the what-should-be-done section of the book “faintly resembles a Just Say No’ poster on the wall of a crack house.”

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