SUMMER CATALOGUE OUT NOW: VIEW

Close Notification

Your cart does not contain any items

Why We'Re Polarized

Ezra Klein

$53.95

Hardback

In stock
Ready to ship

QTY:

Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
28 January 2020
History; Conservatism & right-of-centre democratic ideologies; Political parties; Central government
This New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller shows us that America's political system isn't broken. The truth is scarier: it's working exactly as designed. In this superbly researched (The Washington Post) and timely book, journalist Ezra Klein reveals how that system is polarizing us--and how we are polarizing it--with disastrous results. The American political system--which includes everyone from voters to journalists to the president--is full of rational actors making rational decisions given the incentives they face, writes political analyst Ezra Klein. We are a collection of functional parts whose efforts combine into a dysfunctional whole. A thoughtful, clear and persuasive analysis (The New York Times Book Review), Why We're Polarized reveals the structural and psychological forces behind America's descent into division and dysfunction. Neither a polemic nor a lament, this book offers a clear framework for understanding everything from Trump's rise to the Democratic Party's leftward shift to the politicization of everyday culture. 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. Well worth reading (New York magazine), this is an eye-opening (O, The Oprah Magazine) book that will change how you look at politics--and perhaps at yourself.
By:   Ezra Klein
Imprint:   Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
Dimensions:   Height: 231mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   576g
ISBN:   9781476700328
ISBN 10:   147670032X
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   28 January 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ezra Klein is the editor-at-large and cofounder of Vox, the award-winning explanatory news organization. Launched in 2014, Vox reaches more than 50 million people across its platforms each month. Klein is also the host of the podcast the Ezra Klein Show, cohost of the Weeds podcast, and an executive producer on Vox's Netflix show, Explained. Previously, Klein was a columnist and editor at The Washington Post, a policy analyst at MSNBC, and a contributor to Bloomberg.

Reviews for Why We'Re Polarized

Brilliant and wide-ranging. A book about what just might be our central, perhaps fatal problem. This is the kind of book you find yourself arguing with out loud as you read it and will stick in your head long after you've finished. Absolutely crucial for understanding this perilous moment. --Chris Hayes, host of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC and author of A Colony in a Nation Something has gone terribly wrong with American politics in the last decade or so, and Klein gives us the clearest and most comprehensive analysis I have seen. He shows how we entered the realm of political 'mega identity politics, ' and how feedback loops between our tribal psychology and our rapidly evolving media ecosystem may be driving our democracy over a cliff. The book reviews so many studies that in lesser hands it would earn the label 'wonkish, ' but Klein's writing is so good that it is a joy to read, even as you experience a range of negative emotions from what you are reading. --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


See Also