, Volume 69, Number 2

Alan Philps
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Alan Philps is editor of The World Today

Fertility rates in the US are falling as people go off the idea of big families. Alan Philps looks at two books on this demographic change

Jonathan V. Last What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster (Encounter Books £15.99)
Laura L. Carstensen A Long Bright Future: Happiness, Health and Financial Security in an Age of Increased Longevity (Public Affairs £10.99)
Governments greet longer life as a success, but families often react with private dread. Photo: Getty Images

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