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Is America growing apart?

A new book argues that politics has made American communities more divided than ever. It's right in parts, but for the wrong reasons

By Peter Kellner   December 2008

The Big Sort by Bill Bishop (Houghton Mifflin, $25)

First there was The Tipping Point. Then Blink. Then Nudge. Then, just before the recent US elections and in good time to influence strategists ahead of Britain’s next general election, came The Big Sort. What these books have in common is that they are American, easy to read, take a fresh look at today’s politics and society, and have become fashionable and influential—The Big Sort has received friendly reviews from, among others, The Economist and the Wall Street Journal. I can’t join the chorus. The Big Sort is intellectually shoddy. Its…

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