Feb 19, 12
Read from February 04 to 19, 2012
Like many books of journalistic endeavor, The Big Sort has some issues. It takes a thesis and states it over and over again in slightly different ways, and has decidedly random supporting sections that don't always tie together very well. But those issues aside, this was a really interesting read. The data work was easy to understand, the supporting anecdotes were more intriguing than not, and it really seemed to reflect conditions that I could see on a day-to-day basis. As I was reading, I couldn't help but think "I am part of the problem" and try to think of ways I could reduce the self-reinforcing polarization the country has been facing over the past couple of decades. I strongly recommend this book to people of all political persuasions and cultural preferences. While it doesn't set out a prescriptive "cure," the inference is there. Shying away from difference is not particularly healthy for a democracy, and it's up to individuals in their choice of living situations to shift toward something better.