In this controversial National Bestseller, the former CEO of NPR sets out for conservative America wondering why these people are so wrong about everything. It turns out, they aren’t.
Ken Stern watched the increasing polarization of our country with growing concern. As a longtime partisan Democrat himself, he felt forced to acknowledge that his own views were too parochial, too absent of any exposure to the “other side.” In fact, his urban neighborhood is so liberal, he couldn’t find a single Republicaneven by asking around.
So for one year, he crossed the aisle to spend time listening, talking, and praying with Republicans of all stripes. With his mind open and his dial tuned to the right, he went to evangelical churches, shot a hog in Texas, stood in pit row at a NASCAR race, hung out at Tea Party meetings and sat in on Steve Bannon’s radio show. He also read up on conservative wonkery and consulted with the smartest people the right has to offer.
What happens when a liberal sets out to look at issues from a conservative perspective? Some of his dearly cherished assumptions about the right slipped away. Republican Like Me reveals what lead him to change his mind, and his view of an increasingly polarized America.
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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
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.