Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth about the "Real" America (Paperback)
A provocative counterargument to the blue/red divide that illuminates our country's multidimensional political spectrum.
In a climate of culture wars and economic uncertainty, the media have often reduced America to a simplistic schism between red and blue states. In response to that oversimplification, journalist Dante Chinni teamed up with political geographer James Gimpel, using on-the-ground reporting and statistical analysis to get past generalizations and probe American communities in depth.
Looking at the data, they recognized that the country breaks into twelve distinct types of communities, whose differences and specific concerns shed light on the subtle distinctions in how Americans vote, shop, and otherwise behave. Showcasing personal interviews, combined with facts and statistics, "Our Patchwork Nation" offers a brilliant new way to examine the issues that matter most to our communities, and to our nation.
About the Author
Dante Chinni is a senior researcher for the Project for Excellence in Journalism and is a columnist for the Christian Science Monitor. He is a regular contributor to the Washington Post Magazine and has written for The Economist, the New York Times Magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, Salon and ESPN the Magazine among others.
James Gimpel is a professor of government at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the editor of American Politics Research, a scholarly journal specializing in the empirical study of American political behavior and institutions.
"Brings a fascinating insight into what makes Americans different these days."
--The Miami Herald