The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 11, 2009 - Social Science - 396 pages
The award-winning journalist reveals the untold story of why America is so culturally and politically divided in this groundbreaking book.
 
Armed with startling demographic data, Bill Bishop demonstrates how Americans have spent decades sorting themselves into alarmingly homogeneous communities—not by region or by state, but by city and neighborhood. With ever-increasing specificity, we choose the communities and media that are compatible with our lifestyles and beliefs. The result is a country that has become so ideologically inbred that people don't know and can't understand those who live just a few miles away.

In The Big Sort, Bishop explores how this phenomenon came to be, and its dire implications for our country. He begins with stories about how we live today and then draws on history, economics, and our changing political landscape to create one of the most compelling big-picture accounts of America in recent memory.

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The author proves beyond a shadow of a doubt with well researched and documented evidence that "The Big Sort" is a real modern phenomenon. Where this book fails is proving that it is bad. There's some ... Read full review

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In this interesting book Bill Bishop describes the polarization of American politics from 1965 onwards. He is fairly obviously a Democrat but goes out of his way to speak to new millennium Republicans ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

BILL BISHOP was a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman when he began research on city growth and political polarization with the sociologist and statistician Robert Cushing. Bishop has worked as a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader, and, with his wife, owned and operated the Bastrop County Times, a weekly newspaper in Smithville, Texas. He lives in Austin.

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