Our Patchwork Nation

The Surprising Truth About the 'Real' America

Dante Chinni - Author

James Gimpel, Ph.D. - Author

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ISBN 9781592406708 | 336 pages | 04 Oct 2011 | Gotham Trade Paperback | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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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.

Foreword by Ray Suarez
Introduction to the Paperback Edition

Boom Towns: Eagle, Colorado
Campus and Careers: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Emptying Nests: Clermont, Florida
Evangelical Epicenters: Nixa, Missouri
Immigration Nation: El Mirage, Arizona
Industrial Metropolis: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Military Bastions: Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Minority Central: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Monied Burbs: Los Alamos, New Mexico
Mormon Outposts: Burley, Idaho
Service Worker Centers: Lincoln City, Oregon
Tractor Country: Sioux Center, Iowa
The Economy

"Does what no other book has ever done-explains in real words who we are as Americans."
-Jim Lehrer

"Brings a fascinating insight into what makes Americans different these days."
-The Miami Herald

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