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Though reduced to a single label at times- Democrat, Republican, Independent, progressive, liberal, conservative- our political identities are as complex as we are as human beings.

The sixteen conversations captured in How People Get Their Politics include how cancer, religion, race, and war shaped people’s politics. There are powerful immigrant stories. Two public servant
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Paperback, 238 pages
Published September 22nd 2020 by Motina Books
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Angela Juline
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
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I needed more author involvement - yes, she interviews a wide range of people with differing views. But I wanted more standardization with the questions asked - often the questions posed were related to the stereotype of that view - I'm fine with the conversation going where it leads, but I think the book would hold more value if the interviews started from the same place. And there were random times when she put in a fact or her assessment of a person's statement - which then led me to believe ...more
Lauren Doherty
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's so interesting to read how people with similar backgrounds end up with different political views and vice versa. This s great read during these divided times! ...more
Lisa Jobe
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a political scientist, economist, and attorney as well as a government/history teacher. Despite years of study and a keen interest in current events, today’s politics break every norm and leave us wondering how friends with common interests have such vastly different political opinions. The dialogues in this book add a new layer of understanding as we look across individuals’ life experiences, not just their current environment. It reminds us to learn more about each other. Understanding di ...more
Bonnie
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Political discourse is at the epicenter of the Nation- and the polarization is palpable.Julie Samrick Julie Samrick’s How People Get Their Politics demonstrates, via interviews with a cross section of individuals, how one’s political views have evolved through experience and environment. What I found intriguing was the degree to which one’s faith and politics also intersect. After reading this book, I became more convinced that there truly is more than just a simple two-party political system in ...more
Ronit Plank
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Becky Aud-Jennison
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
YESSSSS.

With a background in psychology & human interaction I fully believe that by hearing people’s stories we learn so very much— in fact I have my own project surrounding folk’s stories & death for that reason.

I found this book so very refreshing in the midst of all the political chaos we are experiencing as we lead up to this critical election.

Here you will be reminded of the humanity behind political beliefs & how alike we all really are.

I highly recommend everyone read this book now, t
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Rita DeBacco Ferrero
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a terrific read! I had to challenge myself in every chapter to not automatically align with the person whose beliefs most closely resembled mine. As Julie stated at the beginning, “your internal stance should be one of curiosity.” She did an amazing job giving you a glimpse into each of her subjects and allowed you to really relate to each one. For a brief period of time, I stepped into Beatriz’s shoes or Lin’s world or Chuck’s story and gained a better understand of why our political views ...more
Kristin Culcasi
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book gives you a peak into a diverse group of people with different backgrounds and life experiences and how they came to form their own political views. It taught me to be more empathetic and open when discussing politics with people of opposing viewpoints. I think this book is important for everyone to read!
Caroline Taylor
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kudos to author Julie Samrick for presenting a non-biased, intelligent, and engaging set of interviews of a diverse group of people. I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone, regardless of your political preference or background. 5 stars!
Parris Bonds
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating insight into politics and the invaluable part honest communicative exchanges with others could play in healing not only our country's divisiveness but our entire earth's eternal wars. ...more
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Julie Samrick is passionate about telling stories that capture the human experience. Her idea for How People Get Their Politics was more than a decade in the making, as she witnessed the United States reach unsustainable levels of division. She is also the author of Murphy's Miracle: One Dog's Wild Journey, a story inspired by the miraculous return of a beloved golden retriever who spent two years ...more

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