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A Memoir of Foster Care, Family, and Social Class

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Inbunden,  Engelska, 2024-02-20
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In this vivid coming-of-age memoir, Rob Henderson recounts growing up in foster care, enlisting in the US Air Force, attending elite universities and what he learnt from seeing life from both sides of the tracks. Rob Henderson was born to a drug-addicted mother and a father he never met, ultimately shuttling between ten different foster homes in California. When he was adopted into a loving family, he hoped that life would finally be stable and safe. He was wrong: tragedy, poverty and violence marked his adolescent years. An unflinching portrait of shattered families, desperation, and determination, Troubled recounts how Henderson eventually managed to find an escape route through the military, which led to an academic career at Yale and Cambridge. As he reflects on the fate of many of his friends drugs, death, prison Henderson never escapes the feeling of being on the outside looking in, or a sense that his academic achievements are hollow compared to the love and protection that comes from stable family life. He dissects the hypocrisies of contemporary social class and shows how the most privileged among us benefit from a set of luxury beliefs that actively harm the most vulnerable. Rave Reader Reviews Eye-opening and heart-breaking Inspiring Incredible Wow Powerful and thought-provoking
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'Trenchant and remarkable' - The Bookseller 'Rob Henderson's journey through foster care, the military, and, later, at Yale and Cambridge, is truly extraordinary. In Troubled he uses his own fascinating personal story to explore social class, status, his 'luxury beliefs' framework, and the ways educated elites think about complex social issues. Gripping, moving, and intellectually satisfying, Troubled is a superb book' - Will Storr, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Status Game 'A vital and moving story of success against the odds, with an important social message: as a society, we neglect the importance of a stable and loving family life at our peril' - James Bloodworth, author of Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain 'Rob Henderson had an incredibly challenging upbringing - raised as a foster kid in circumstances most children (thankfully) never know. His educational achievements are extraordinary. Whats more extraordinary is that hes a keen observer of both the world he came from and the world he now inhabits. He has learned the importance of family despite never having one of his own, and he delivers that message in a gripping way. Read this book. It will challenge both your heart and mind. A rare feat' - J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy 'Rob Henderson's brilliant reported memoir reveals a resounding antidote to a life of chaos and instability for boys and young men: love' - Melanie Notkin, author of Otherhood: Modern Women Finding a New Kind of Happiness 'This memoir is a profound account of a foster child overcoming severe adversity and achieving the unthinkable. Rob's story reminds us of the resilience of the human spirit against all odds and, most of all, what it means to be human. You will likely cry, feel shocked, yet remain hopeful while reading this heart wrenching book' - Yeonmi Park, author of While Time Remains 'Henderson has written an astonishing story. As he chronicles his rise from a callous and chaotic foster care system into the elite ranks of American society, he shows the absurdity and self-serving nature of many elite beliefs and postures. Troubled should be read by all American college graduates who think they want to help the poor or improve society. It will make readers wiser, more humble, and above all more compassionate' - Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership, New York University - Stern School of Business, author of The Righteous Mind, Co-author of The Coddling of the American Mind 'A searingly honest and remarkably self-aware memoir that makes you wonder where you fall along the privilege continuum anchored at one end by Rob Hendersons and at the other by children with cohesive families' - Philip E. Tetlock, author of Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction 'When I first became aware through social media of Rob Henderson and his remarkable journey from a childhood defined by dysfunction and neglect to an adulthood of unusual discipline and accomplishment, I admired him immediately. This extraordinary coming-of-age memoir that so deftly transforms those painful personal experiences into a larger expose of social class and elite condescension left me admiring him even more. I defy you to read Troubled and not come away in equal parts outraged and inspired' - Thomas Chatterton Williams, author of Self-Portrait in Black and White, contributing writer at The Atlantic 'Troubled is a gripping and propulsive coming-of-age story. By turns astonishing, heartbreaking, and thrilling, Rob Henderson takes us into a broken America many refuse to see. Rob writes with such vividness that the reader feels taken along on his astounding journey. Troubled is a compassionate and necessary book, and a work of art one that deserves to become a classic' - Emily Yoffe, author of What the Dog Did 'Troubled resonated with m

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Rob Henderson grew up in foster homes in Los Angeles and the rural town of Red Bluff, California. He joined the Air Force at the age of seventeen. After his enlistment, he graduated from Yale University with a BS in psychology and was subsequently awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Once described as 'self-made' by the New York Times, Rob received a PhD in psychology from St. Catharines College, Cambridge in 2022. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and the New York Post, among other outlets. Robs popular Substack newsletter is sent each week to more than forty thousand subscribers.