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Bridge Builders. Bringing People Together in a Polarized Age. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 5214982
  • Book
  • September 2021
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

In these turbulent times, defined by ideological chasms, clashes over social justice, and a pandemic intersecting with misinformation, Americans seem hopelessly divided along fault lines of politics, race, religion, class, and culture. Yet not everyone is accepting the status quo.

In Bridge Builders: Bringing People Together in a Polarized Age, journalist Nathan Bomey paints a forensic portrait of Americans who are spanning gaping divides between people of difference. From clergy fighting racism in Charlottesville to a former Republican congressman engaging conservatives on climate change and Appalachian journalists restoring social trust with the public, these countercultural leaders all believe in the power of forging lasting connections to bring about profound change. Though the blueprints for political, social, and cultural bridges vary widely, bridge builders have much in common - and we have much to learn from them. In this book, Bomey dissects the transformational ways in which bridge builders are combatting polarization by pursuing reconciliation, rejecting misinformation, and rethinking the principle of compromise.

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Prologue: The Better Angels of Our Nature
Introduction

Part I: Forging a Path Toward Reconciliation
Chapter 1: From Blindness to Sight
Chapter 2: From Human to Human
Chapter 3: From Hating to Healing

Part II: Reconnecting with the Truth in the Misinformation Age
Chapter 4: From Fiction to Fact
Chapter 5: From Caricature to Nuance
Chapter 6: From Misunderstanding to Understanding

Part III: Redrafting the Blueprint of Compromise
Chapter 7: From Denying to Believing
Chapter 8: From Rigidity to Flexibility
Chapter 9: From Discord to Collaboration

Conclusion

Acknowledgments
List of Interviews
Notes

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Nathan Bomey
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