Perspectives

Summer Reading

Fourteen Books That Explain Why American Democracy is a Challenge We Have to Face Together

Here are fourteen books that explore and explain the divisions in America how we can work together across difference to heal our divides.

1. Become America
Civic Sermons On Love, Responsibility, And Democracy
By Eric Liu

2. Beyond the Messy Truth
How We Came Apart, How We Come Together
By Van Jones

3. Divided We Fall
America's Secession Threat And How To Restore Our Nation
By David French

4. High Conflict
Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out
By Amanda Ripley

5. Love Your Enemies
How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt
By Arthur C. Brooks

6.Why We’re Polarized
By Ezra Klein

7. The Politics of Vulnerability
How to Heal Muslim-Christian Relations in a Post-Christian America: Today's Threat to Religion and Religious Freedom
By Asma T. Uddin

8. Uncivil Agreement
How Politics Became Our Identity
By Lilliana Mason

9. The Way Out
How To Overcome Toxic Polarization 
By Peter T. Coleman.

10. The Righteous Mind
Why Good People Are Divided By Politics And Religion
By Jonathan Haidt

11. The Sum of Us
What Racism Costs Everyone And How We Can Prosper Together
By Heather McGhee

12. How America Lost Its Mind
The Assault on Reason That’s Crippling Our Democracy
By Thomas E. Patterson

13. Compassion (&) Conviction
The AND Campaign's Guide to Faithful Civic Engagement
By Justin Giboney, Michael Wear, and Chris Butler

14. Manifesto for a Moral Revolution
By Jacqueline Novogratz