This brief, well written book summarizes the development and many critiques of the current American welfare system, which is what the authors mean by the term 'American Welfare State.' They demonstrate that few Americans, even many who are potential beneficiaries, feel positively about the nation's social welfare.
"Reconstructing the American Welfare State. David Stoesz and Howard J. Karger. Reviewed by Leon Ginsberg, University of South Carolina.,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 21
, Article 13.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol21/iss1/13