Book cover from The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart by Bill Bishop
Book cover 'The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart'

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

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Author(s): Bill Bishop
Format: Book › Paperback all formats
Edition: First
Published: 05-11-2009
ISBN: 0547237723
Pages: 384
Publisher: Mariner Books
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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 neighborhood (and church and news show) compatible with our lifestyle 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 ground-breaking 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.

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