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Why we're polarized

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First Avid Reader Press hardcover edition.

""America's political system isn't broken. The truth is scarier: it's working exactly as designed. In this 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." In Why We're Polarized, Klein 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 twentieth 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 a revelatory book that will change how you look at politics, and perhaps at yourself."--
America's political system isn't broken: it's working exactly as designed. But Klein reveals how that system is polarizing us-- and how we are polarizing it-- with disastrous results. In examining the structural and psychological forces behind America's descent into division and dysfunction, he shows that everyone engaged in American politics is engaged, at some level, in identity politics. Now our racial, religious, geographic, ideological, and cultural identities have attained a weight that is breaking much in our politics and tearing at the bonds that hold this country together. -- adapted from jacket

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  • 15 of 32 copies available at Westchester Library System.

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Briarcliff Manor Public Library 306.0973 KLEIN (Text)
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31036150924873
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Bronxville Public Library 306.2 K (Text)
New Nonfiction
31004151702011
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Chappaqua Library 306.0973 KLEIN (Text)
New Nonfiction
31005600048963
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07/30/2020
Dobbs Ferry Public Library 306.0973 K (Text)
New Book
31007151379359
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Eastchester Public Library 306.097 KLEIN (Text)
Nonfiction
31008152381444
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Harrison Public Library 306.09 K (Text)
New Nonfiction
31010300211382
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Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library 306.0973 K (Text)
New Nonfiction
31011151376605
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Hendrick Hudson Free Library 306.097 K (Text)
New Book
31016151692315
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08/22/2020
John C. Hart Memorial Library 306.09 K (Text)
New Nonfiction
31030154983886
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Katonah Village Library 306.2 K (Text)
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31013151858749
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