• The Big Sort

  • Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart
  • By: Bill Bishop, Robert G. Cushing
  • Narrated by: Paul Brion
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-11-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (30 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In 2004, journalist Bill Bishop coined the term "the big sort". Armed with startling new demographic data, he made national news in a series of articles showing how Americans have been sorting themselves into alarmingly homogeneous communities - not by region or by state but by city and even neighborhood. Over the past three decades, we have been choosing the neighborhoods (and churches and news shows) compatible with our lifestyles and beliefs. The result is a country that has become so polarized, so ideologically inbred, that people don't know and can't understand those who live a few miles away. How this came to be, and its dire implications for our country, is the subject of this groundbreaking work. In The Big Sort, Bishop has taken his analysis to a new level. 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.
©2008 Bill Bishop (P)2017 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Complex and surprising.... A book posing hard questions for readers across the political spectrum." ( Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Courtland J Schafer on 02-05-18

Everyone has something to learn from this book

I think everyone could learn something from this book. It is full of information on how we’ve sorted ourselves, and how that effects our daily lives. Highly recommend it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-31-17

Wandering biopic of Boomer politics

I liked the historic, religious, demographic and political sorting anecdotes. I didn't like the use of percentages of change without scope. For example, if votes for LGBT rights doubled then what percentage of all voters did that result in? The book is very long to make a point that could've been made more efficiently with graphics using census and voting data. Every generation may think they have invented sex because they don't discuss it with parents. Sorting isn't new, might be more pronounced thanks to a shrinking world.

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