America Divided Book
Score: 4
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America Divided


  • Author : Maurice Isserman
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 369
  • ISBN 10 : 9780195091908

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America Divided Excerpt :

Explores the tumultuous decade in American history, covering such topics as civil rights, Vietnam, the assasination of Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, the war on poverty, marijuana usage, and the policies of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon.

Shakespeare in a Divided America Book
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Shakespeare in a Divided America


  • Author : James Shapiro
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2021-03-09
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525522317

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Shakespeare in a Divided America Excerpt :

One of the New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year • A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist • A New York Times Notable Book A timely exploration of what Shakespeare’s plays reveal about our divided land. “In this sprightly and enthralling book . . . Shapiro amply demonstrates [that] for Americans the politics of Shakespeare are not confined to the public realm, but have enormous relevance in the sphere of private life.” —The Guardian (London) The plays of William Shakespeare are rare common ground in the United States. For well over two centuries, Americans of all stripes—presidents and activists, soldiers and writers, conservatives and liberals alike—have turned to Shakespeare’s works to explore the nation’s fault lines. In a narrative arching from Revolutionary times to the present day, leading scholar James Shapiro traces the unparalleled role of Shakespeare’s four-hundred-year-old tragedies and comedies in illuminating the many concerns on which American identity has turned. From Abraham Lincoln’s and his assassin, John Wilkes Booth’s, competing Shakespeare obsessions to the 2017 controversy over the staging of Julius Caesar in Central Park, in which a Trump-like leader is assassinated, Shakespeare in a Divided America reveals how no writer has been more embraced, more weaponized, or has shed more light on the hot-button issues in our history.

A Decent Meal Book

A Decent Meal


  • Author : Michael Carolan
  • Publisher : Stanford University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-10-26
  • Genre: Family & Relationships
  • Pages : 235
  • ISBN 10 : 9781503629547

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A poignant look at empathetic encounters between staunch ideological rivals, all centered around our common need for food. While America's new reality appears to be a deeply divided body politic, many are wondering how we can or should move forward from here. Can political or social divisiveness be healed? Is empathy among people with very little ideological common ground possible? In A Decent Meal, Michael Carolan finds answers to these fundamental questions in a series of unexpected places: around our dinner tables, along the aisles of our supermarkets, and in the fields growing our fruits and vegetables. What is more common, after all, than the simple fact that we all need to eat? This book is the result of Carolan's career-long efforts to create simulations in which food could be used to build empathy, among even the staunchest of rivals. Though most people assume that presenting facts will sway the way the public behaves, time and again this assumption is proven wrong as we all selectively accept the facts that support our beliefs. Drawing on the data he has collected, Carolan argues that we must, instead, find places and practices where incivility—or worse, hate—is suspended and leverage those opportunities into tools for building social cohesion. Each chapter follows the individuals who participated in a given experiment, ranging from strawberry-picking, attempting to subsist on SNAP benefits, or attending a dinner of wild game. By engaging with participants before, during, and after, Carolan is able to document their remarkable shifts in attitude and opinion. Though this book is framed around food, it is really about the spaces opened up by our need for food, in our communities, in our homes, and, ultimately, in our minds.

Divided We Fall Book
Score: 5
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Divided We Fall


  • Author : David French
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2020-09-22
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250201980

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David French warns of the potential dangers to the country—and the world—if we don’t summon the courage to reconcile our political differences. Two decades into the 21st Century, the U.S. is less united than at any time in our history since the Civil War. We are more diverse in our beliefs and culture than ever before. But red and blue states, secular and religious groups, liberal and conservative idealists, and Republican and Democratic representatives all have one thing in common: each believes their distinct cultures and liberties are being threatened by an escalating violent opposition. This polarized tribalism, espoused by the loudest, angriest fringe extremists on both the left and the right, dismisses dialogue as appeasement; if left unchecked, it could very well lead to secession. An engaging mix of cutting edge research and fair-minded analysis, Divided We Fall is an unblinking look at the true dimensions and dangers of this widening ideological gap, and what could happen if we don't take steps toward bridging it. French reveals chilling, plausible scenarios of how the United States could fracture into regions that will not only weaken the country but destabilize the world. But our future is not written in stone. By implementing James Madison’s vision of pluralism—that all people have the right to form communities representing their personal values—we can prevent oppressive factions from seizing absolute power and instead maintain everyone’s beliefs and identities across all fifty states. Reestablishing national unity will require the bravery to commit ourselves to embracing qualities of kindness, decency, and grace towards those we disagree with ideologically. French calls on all of us to demonstrate true tolerance so we can heal the American divide. If we want to remain united, we must learn to stand together again.

Divided Politics  Divided Nation Book

Divided Politics Divided Nation


  • Author : Darrell M. West
  • Publisher : Brookings Institution Press
  • Release Date : 2019-03-26
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 238
  • ISBN 10 : 9780815736929

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Why are Americans so angry with each other? The United States is caught in a partisan hyperconflict that divides politicians, communities—and even families. Politicians from the president to state and local office-holders play to strongly-held beliefs and sometimes even pour fuel on the resulting inferno. This polarization has become so intense that many people no longer trust anyone from a differing perspective. Drawing on his personal story of growing up as a fundamentalist Christian on a dairy farm in rural Ohio, then as an academic in the heart of the liberal East Coast establishment, Darrell West analyzes the economic, cultural, and political aspects of polarization. He takes advantage of his experiences inside both conservative and liberal camps to explain the views of each side and offer insights into why each is angry with the other. West argues that societal tensions have metastasized into a dangerous tribalism that seriously threatens U.S. democracy. Unless people can bridge these divisions and forge a new path forward, it will be impossible to work together, maintain a functioning democracy, and solve the country's pressing policy problems.

The Divided States of America Book

The Divided States of America


  • Author : Donald F. Kettl
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2022-03-15
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691234175

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"As James Madison led America's effort to write its Constitution, he made two great inventions-the separation of powers and federalism. The first is more famous, but the second was most essential because, without federalism, there could have been no United States of America. Federalism has always been about setting the balance of power between the federal government and the states-and that's revolved around deciding just how much inequality the country was prepared to accept in exchange for making piece among often-warring states. Through the course of its history, the country has moved through a series of phases, some of which put more power into the hands of the federal government, and some rested more power in the states. Sometimes this rebalancing led to armed conflict. The Civil War, of course, almost split the nation permanently apart. And sometimes it led to political battles. By the end of the 1960s, however, the country seemed to have settled into a quiet agreement that inequality was a prime national concern, that the federal government had the responsibility for addressing it through its own policies, and that the states would serve as administrative agents of that policy. But as that agreement seemed set, federalism drifted from national debate, just as the states began using their administrative role to push in very different directions. The result has been a rising tide of inequality, with the great invention that helped create the nation increasingly driving it apart"--

Polarized Book

Polarized


  • Author : James E. Campbell
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-03-27
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691180861

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An eye-opening look at how and why America has become so politically polarized Many continue to believe that the United States is a nation of political moderates. In fact, it is a nation divided. It has been so for some time and has grown more so. This book provides a new and historically grounded perspective on the polarization of America, systematically documenting how and why it happened. Polarized presents commonsense benchmarks to measure polarization, draws data from a wide range of historical sources, and carefully assesses the quality of the evidence. Through an innovative and insightful use of circumstantial evidence, it provides a much-needed reality check to claims about polarization. This rigorous yet engaging and accessible book examines how polarization displaced pluralism and how this affected American democracy and civil society. Polarized challenges the widely held belief that polarization is the product of party and media elites, revealing instead how the American public in the 1960s set in motion the increase of polarization. American politics became highly polarized from the bottom up, not the top down, and this began much earlier than often thought. The Democrats and the Republicans are now ideologically distant from each other and about equally distant from the political center. Polarized also explains why the parties are polarized at all, despite their battle for the decisive median voter. No subject is more central to understanding American politics than political polarization, and no other book offers a more in-depth and comprehensive analysis of the subject than this one.

Divided America Book
Score: 3
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Divided America


  • Author : Earl Black
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 305
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743262064

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Identifying geographically based political systems that have divided the United States into five specific regions, an analysis of the confrontational relationships between the emerging new parties offers insight into how elections are fought and won today while explaining how the future of governance is becoming increasingly complicated. 35,000 first printing.

Divided We Fall Book

Divided We Fall


  • Author : Alice M. Rivlin
  • Publisher : Brookings Institution Press
  • Release Date : 2022-10-04
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 262
  • ISBN 10 : 9780815735267

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Partisan warfare and gridlock in Washington threaten to squander America’s opportunity to show the world that democracy can solve serious economic problems and ensure widely shared prosperity. Instead of working together to meet the challenges ahead—an aging work force, exploding inequality, climate change, rising debt—our elected leaders are sabotaging our economic future by blaming and demonizing each other in hopes of winning big in the next election. They are weakening America’s capacity for world leadership and the case for democracy here and abroad. Alice M. Rivlin, with decades of experience in economic policy making, argues that proven economic policies could lead to sustainable American prosperity and opportunity for all, but crafting them requires the tough, time-consuming work of consensus building and bipartisan negotiation. In a divided country with shifting majorities, major policies must have bipartisan buy-in and broad public support. Otherwise we will have either destabilizing swings in policy or total gridlock in the face of challenges looming at us. Rivlin believes that Americans can and must save our hyper-partisan politicians from themselves. She makes the case that on many practical economic issues the public is far less divided than partisan politicians and sensationalist media would have us believe. She draws attention to numerous hopeful efforts to bridge partisan and ideological divides in Washington, in state capitols and city governments, and communities around the country, and advocates a major national effort to enable citizens and future leaders to learn and practice the art of listening to each other and working together to find common ground. This book is a practical guide for Americans across the political spectrum who are agonizing over partisan warfare, incivility, and policy gridlock and looking for ways they can help to get our democratic policy process back on a constructive track before it is too late.

The Divided City Book

The Divided City


  • Author : Alan Mallach
  • Publisher : Island Press
  • Release Date : 2018-06-12
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 346
  • ISBN 10 : 9781610917810

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In The Divided City, urban practitioner and scholar Alan Mallach presents a detailed picture of what has happened over the past 15 to 20 years in industrial cities like Pittsburgh and Baltimore, as they have undergone unprecedented, unexpected revival. He spotlights these changes while placing them in their larger economic, social and political context. Most importantly, he explores the pervasive significance of race in American cities, and looks closely at the successes and failures of city governments, nonprofit entities, and citizens as they have tried to address the challenges of change. The Divided City concludes with strategies to foster greater equality and opportunity, firmly grounding them in the cities' economic and political realities.

Dangerously Divided Book

Dangerously Divided


  • Author : Zoltan Hajnal
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-01-02
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 375
  • ISBN 10 : 9781108487009

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Dangerously Divided Excerpt :

Race, more than class or any other factor, determines who wins and who loses in American democracy.

Us vs  Them Book
Score: 5
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Us vs Them


  • Author : Ian Bremmer
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2018-04-24
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525533191

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New York Times bestseller "A cogent analysis of the concurrent Trump/Brexit phenomena and a dire warning about what lies ahead...a lucid, provocative book." --Kirkus Reviews Those who championed globalization once promised a world of winners, one in which free trade would lift all the world's boats, and extremes of left and right would give way to universally embraced liberal values. The past few years have shattered this fantasy, as those who've paid the price for globalism's gains have turned to populist and nationalist politicians to express fury at the political, media, and corporate elites they blame for their losses. The United States elected an anti-immigration, protectionist president who promised to "put America first" and turned a cold eye on alliances and treaties. Across Europe, anti-establishment political parties made gains not seen in decades. The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. And as Ian Bremmer shows in this eye-opening book, populism is still spreading. Globalism creates plenty of both winners and losers, and those who've missed out want to set things right. They've seen their futures made obsolete. They hear new voices and see new faces all about them. They feel their cultures shift. They don't trust what they read. They've begun to understand the world as a battle for the future that pits "us" vs. "them." Bremmer points to the next wave of global populism, one that hits emerging nations before they have fully emerged. As in Europe and America, citizens want security and prosperity, and they're becoming increasingly frustrated with governments that aren't capable of providing them. To protect themselves, many government will build walls, both digital and physical. For instance... * In Brazil and other fast-developing countries, civilians riot when higher expectations for better government aren't being met--the downside of their own success in lifting millions from poverty. * In Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, Indonesia, Egypt and

Still a House Divided Book

Still a House Divided


  • Author : Desmond King
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2011-08-22
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 392
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400839766

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Why race remains the central political issue in America today Why have American policies failed to reduce the racial inequalities still pervasive throughout the nation? Has President Barack Obama defined new political approaches to race that might spur unity and progress? Still a House Divided examines the enduring divisions of American racial politics and how these conflicts have been shaped by distinct political alliances and their competing race policies. Combining deep historical knowledge with a detailed exploration of such issues as housing, employment, criminal justice, multiracial census categories, immigration, voting in majority-minority districts, and school vouchers, Desmond King and Rogers Smith assess the significance of President Obama's election to the White House and the prospects for achieving constructive racial policies for America's future. Offering a fresh perspective on the networks of governing institutions, political groups, and political actors that influence the structure of American racial politics, King and Smith identify three distinct periods of opposing racial policy coalitions in American history. The authors investigate how today's alliances pit color-blind and race-conscious approaches against one another, contributing to political polarization and distorted policymaking. Contending that President Obama has so far inadequately confronted partisan divisions over race, the authors call for all sides to recognize the need for a balance of policy measures if America is to ever cease being a nation divided. Presenting a powerful account of American political alliances and their contending racial agendas, Still a House Divided sheds light on a policy path vital to the country's future.

Divided America Book

Divided America


  • Author : The Associated Press
  • Publisher : Associated Press
  • Release Date : 2016-12-02
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 0578188023

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Is America still great or has the country lost its way? This and many other concerns weighing on the minds of everyday Americans is explored by reporters of The Associated Press in "Divided America: An AP Guide to the Fracturing of a Nation." The AP reveals the tensions and issues underlying the tumultuous 2016 U.S. election, but it goes beyond the politics of the moment to ask: How will Americans face continued challenges well after a new president has been chosen? "Divided America," is more than just Democrat vs. Republican or liberal vs. conservative. It's the 1 percent vs. the 99 percent and rural vs. urban. Climate doubters clash with believers. Bathrooms have become battlefields, borders are battle lines. It's sex and race, faith and ethnicity, and a melting pot that's boiling over. The stories examine how Americans define greatness, why evangelical Christians feel they are under siege in the U.S., where the heated rhetoric over immigration has exposed deep division in a once-quiet corner of the West, as well as the disconnect between improving economic data and the day-to-day struggles of ordinary people. AP also looks at the influence of Hispanic and millennial voters, the role of media in shaping a divisive electorate and many other questions that will continue to impact the country for years to come. These profiles are of people from every corner of the U.S. who are hopeful, angry, passionate, optimistic, fatalistic and, above all, divided. Additionally, the book features more than 75 images taken by AP's award-winning photographers. Proceeds from each purchase of "Divided America" will support the efforts of the National Freedom of Information Coalition and its mission to protect the rights of citizens to open government and ensure accessibility and transparency from public institutions, especially on the state and local level. "Divided America" is a must read for anyone looking to understand the pulse of the nation and the issues Americans face on a dail

America Divided  Political Partisanship and US Foreign Policy Book

America Divided Political Partisanship and US Foreign Policy


  • Author : Dina Smeltz
  • Publisher : The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Release Date : 2015-09-15
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 82
  • ISBN 10 : 978186723xxxx

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America Divided Political Partisanship and US Foreign Policy Excerpt :

The results of the 2015 Chicago Council Survey demonstrate that the American public remains committed to engagement in the world—as it has been for the more than 40 years the Council has conducted its surveys. But on specific policies, public opinion often divides along party lines. At a fundamental level, these divergent views reflect differing interpretations of how the United States can most effectively advance its interests—whether through military or other means—in an increasingly volatile world.