AUDIO BOOK: Why We're So Polarized

Publication Date: January 28, 2020
Format: Audio
Genre:  Politics
Narrators: Ezra Klein

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
8 hours 32 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


America is polarized, first and foremost, by identity. Everyone engaged in American politics is engaged, at some level, in identity politics. Over the past fifty years in America, our partisan identities have merged with our racial, religious, geographic, ideological, and cultural identities. These merged identities have attained a weight that is breaking much in our politics and tearing at the bonds that hold this country together.

Klein shows how and why American politics polarized around identity in the 20th century, and what that polarization did to the way we see the world and one another. And he traces the feedback loops between polarized political identities and polarized political institutions that are driving our system toward crisis.


This is not my normal read but I just joined a new book club and this was the pick for the month. 

I found this book to be really interesting and informative.  I have watched our government become more and more partisan and the country more divided.  This book really helps me understand why and what happened.  If you consider the changing make-up of the USA it makes sense, Caucasian people are not the dominant race anymore yet they wield most of the power. As their base gets more and more worried about the shift in this dynamic politics become more partisan.  Its a fascinating read and I found it to be fairly well balanced. 

Klein is the author as well as the narrator of the book and I found him to be engaging and easy to follow.  If you want to learn more about the changes happening within USA politics this is a good place to start. 

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