Republican Like Me: How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right

Republican Like Me: How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right

by Ken Stern


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Widening the dialogue begun with Strangers in Their Own Land and Hillbilly Elegy, a former NPR CEO and lifelong Democrat's chronicle of his immersion in Republicanism to understand his fellow Americans across the political divide.

Ken Stern doesn’t believe that our political world is as binary as either the elector map shows or pundits say. Extensive research has demonstrated that much of the partisan divide in our country is artificial, driven by media, campaign spending, and the increasing isolation of political communities. He believes that chasm can be bridged with a little listening, and a little human contact. To test his idea, the media executive stepped out of his liberal bubble and hit the road, traveling deep into "red" territory.

For one year, he donned the mantle of Republicanism and spent time listening, talking, and praying with Republicans of all stripes—from neocons to traditionalists, fiscal conservatives to social conservatives, moderates to libertarians. With his mind open and his dial tuned to the right, he went looking for rationality, insight, and maybe even persuasion from conservatives across the land.

Republican Like Me reveals what he found. Stern considers the issues that divide and inflame the left and right: immigration, gun control, abortion, the environment and global warming, elitism and the establishment, the government, the "makers" and the "takers," and attitudes toward gender and race. He introduces the people he met and the viewpoints and opinions he heard, and examines their impact on his own long-standing views.

A look at the nation and politics beyond the headlines, Republican Like Me challenges assumptions and attitudes, and offers Americans of all stripes a road map for coming together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062460783
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/24/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 614,746
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Ken Stern is the president of Palisades Media Ventures and the author of With Charity for All: Why Charities Are Failing and a Better Way to Give. He was formerly the CEO of NPR. He lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Fellowship of the Pig 21

2 The Party of God 53

3 The Basket of Deplorables 89

4 The Grand Coal Party 115

5 The Party of Science? 143

6 The Greatest Society 171

7 The Party of the Press 205

8 The End and the Beginning 237

Acknowledgments 251

Notes 253

Index 285

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Republican Like Me: How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
soljerblueSR More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for balanced treatment of current political issues -- the media, immigration, the Second Amendment, or various conservative and/or populist icons, or the people to whom these matter -- don't waste your money. As a conservative, and a populist, I call this book a condescending, patronizing, damning-by-faint-praise exercise by one very liberal media guy out of his element. Ken Stern, former CEO of NPR, spent a year exploring the far reaches of fly-over country. Everything is viewed through a liberal glass darkly. Stern claims to find merit and common ground on issues where he clearly thinks most of the merit is on his side of the issue. The one section of the book where Stern comes closest to actual empathy, even a modicum of support, is in discussion of economic and social difficulties plaguing Appalachia and the industrial Midwest. To the limited extent he finds fault with the Democrat Party's abandonment of America's working class citizens, he finds it there. Otherwise, he should have stayed home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago