Them

Them

Why We Hate Each Other--and How to Heal

Book - 2018 | First edition
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* AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER *

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing American Adult , an intimate and urgent assessment of the existential crisis facing our nation.

Something is wrong. We all know it.

American life expectancy is declining for a third straight year. Birth rates are dropping. Nearly half of us think the other political party isn't just wrong; they're evil. We're the richest country in history, but we've never been more pessimistic.

What's causing the despair?

In Them , bestselling author and U.S. senator Ben Sasse argues that, contrary to conventional wisdom, our crisis isn't really about politics. It's that we're so lonely we can't see straight--and it bubbles out as anger.

Local communities are collapsing. Across the nation, little leagues are disappearing, Rotary clubs are dwindling, and in all likelihood, we don't know the neighbor two doors down. Work isn't what we'd hoped: less certainty, few lifelong coworkers, shallow purpose. Stable families and enduring friendships--life's fundamental pillars--are in statistical freefall.

As traditional tribes of place evaporate, we rally against common enemies so we can feel part of a team. No institutions command widespread public trust, enabling foreign intelligence agencies to use technology to pick the scabs on our toxic divisions. We're in danger of half of us believing different facts than the other half, and the digital revolution throws gas on the fire.

There's a path forward--but reversing our decline requires something radical: a rediscovery of real places and human-to-human relationships. Even as technology nudges us to become rootless , Sasse shows how only a recovery of rootedness can heal our lonely souls.

America wants you to be happy, but more urgently, America needs you to love your neighbor and connect with your community. Fixing what's wrong with the country depends on it.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250193681
1250193680
Characteristics: 272 pages : illustration

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DBRL_ReginaF Mar 18, 2019

I will give him an A for even trying. He has a lot of good points but he talks about bias and then is biased; he talks about eliminating us/them mentality but negative examples are about “them.” His best solution seems to be for all to believe/think like him. I think he’s trying but getting in his own way.

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Oct 30, 2018

On Oct. 23, 2018, author Ben Sasse was interviewed on PBS Newshour and discussed this book with anchor Judy Woodruff: <https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/sen-sasse-on-the-rise-of-anti-tribes-and-a-growing-american-tolerance-for-lies>

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