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Divided We Fall

America's Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation
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David French warns of the potential dangers to the country - and the world - if we don’t summon the courage to reconcile our political differences.

Two decades into the 21st century, the US is less united than at any time in our history since the Civil War. We are more diverse in our beliefs and culture than ever before. But red and blue states, secular and religious groups, liberal and conservative idealists, and Republican and Democratic representatives all have one thing in common: each believes their distinct cultures and liberties are being threatened by an escalating violent opposition. This polarized tribalism, espoused by the loudest, angriest fringe extremists on both the left and the right, dismisses dialogue as appeasement; if left unchecked, it could very well lead to secession.

An engaging mix of cutting edge research and fair-minded analysis, Divided We Fall is an unblinking look at the true dimensions and dangers of this widening ideological gap, and what could happen if we don't take steps toward bridging it. French reveals chilling, plausible scenarios of how the United States could fracture into regions that will not only weaken the country but destabilize the world.

But our future is not written in stone. By implementing James Madison’s vision of pluralism - that all people have the right to form communities representing their personal values - we can prevent oppressive factions from seizing absolute power and instead maintain everyone’s beliefs and identities across all 50 states.

Reestablishing national unity will require the bravery to commit ourselves to embracing qualities of kindness, decency, and grace towards those we disagree with ideologically. French calls on all of us to demonstrate true tolerance so we can heal the American divide. If we want to remain united, we must learn to stand together again. 

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

"In his admirably measured book Divided We Fall, French convincingly argues that polarization is putting America on a perilous path to disunion." (New York Times)

©2020 David French (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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  • 22/09/2020

How do we make our senators read this book

Seriously, can this audiobook just be played for 8 hours at a senate hearing while all our governing officials are forced to listen? The analysis of the real problem with America's conflicts is really on point. Though, I think it probably overestimates the effect of geographical bubbles, and underestimates online social media bubbles. The proposed solutions are also mostly good and reasonable. It's very frustrating though, because those solutions would have to be enacted by those who have political office, and judging by their Twitter feeds and and television appearances that likely won't be happening anytime soon. So if anyone happens to be protesting outside a US senator's house one day for any reason, maybe try playing this audiobook instead of loud music and chanting :D

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  • 18/10/2020

Restored my patriotism

An evenhanded and close to unbiased account of the two films playing on the same screen in which reality differs for conservative and liberal viewers. After a frightening reality based hypothesis of a U.S. split by secession, French reminded me that American freedom is one-of-a-kind and only exists if we pursue our own happiness while allowing others to do the same within the constraints of our founding documents rather than the country's currently expanded centralized government.

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  • 17/10/2020

This book is overdue

After being puzzled by the divisiveness of our politic for so long this book reveals a balanced look at how it’s been created, evolved, and hopefully—some how, be settled. David offers many insights based on past and current scenarios that have played out (with the pros and cons) and also, if not addressed soon, how we as a union may break apart. Compassion, grace, dignity, and humility is the name of the game. Something David suggest as our final hope.

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  • 16/10/2020

A Call to Positive Action

Every public leader needs to read this book. David French clearly identifies the root causes of our political divisions and offers real solutions. Looking forward to a return to mutual respect for fellow Americans, social decorum and gratitude for our shared freedoms. I'm also looking forward to Mr. French's next publication.

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  • 15/10/2020

Fair and Balanced. No-seriously--refreshingly so.

In this work, you'll find compelling, actionable insights Including: A realistic scenario of how states like California or Texas could secede from the United States. The correct interpretation of the power word - Tolerance. And how allowing true tolerance to flourish could serve as a catalyst for the redemption of civility in our country. We know that the truth, most likely is found somewhere in the middle. And true to form of a reasonable author, the resulting effect of this book will leave readers on either end of the spectrum both vindicated and convicted.

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  • 14/10/2020

Amazing insight

loved the book and pray that our leaders would proceed with such wisdom. character and grace.

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  • 10/10/2020

A Proper Response

The data presented is irrefutable; the conclusions are valid. And our nation’s need for a reasoned and balanced approach to its stalemated political process is undeniable. Thank you David for your insights and proposals. It’s now up to me (and us) to act and promote accordingly.

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  • 09/10/2020

A call to decency!

This book is brilliant and a tremendous call to decency and love motivated action. Write more, David. Write more!

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  • 06/10/2020

The solution!

This book is the most important book I have read on current political problems. And that is because of the solution he proposes. You, or I, may disagree with David French about the causes of our division, and who is to blame. But that is of secondary importance. Just like it is of secondary importance how you tore your rotator cuff (or if anyone is to blame). The important question for the doctor remains how to fix it. Most books try to solve the problem by explaining why their side is correct. And that is fine and good to have that discussion. But at some point we have to admit that Americans have some fairly fundamental disagreements and both sides are increasingly turning to the raw power of the federal government to force their views down the other's throat. That is not freedom. That is intolerance. The solution is healthy federalism. To sane people that do not get too wrapped up in politics, "federalism" might sound like increasing federal power. But it is the opposite. It means giving states more leeway/power to let the people in each state live the way they want. It means tolerance. Even though you think someone/state is wrong, you recognize the value of letting them chose their own path in life. Federalism means more state power vis a vis the federal government. David addresses head on the common concerns about federalism. Those concerns are not as acute as they once were, and they are certainly less troubling than the our current trajectory of forcing unpopular government across very divided communities. The dream is people in Tennessee can love those wacky people in California even though they have some crazy ideas, and the people of California can have the same view of those in Tennessee. How can that happen? Well that may be asking too much but we know what is currently doing the opposite and causing hatred. Forcing people in these states to live the same way and value the same things as the other is causing animosity and will continue to do so. The dream is also to have your hopes and dreams for yourself your family and your community, not be so dependent on the outcome of presidential election that you really have very little control over. I have more control over what state I live in, than I do over who becomes president. David French is a constitutional lawyer and scholar so he sketches out how federalism can be done correctly within our constitutional framework. There are some difficulties to sort out but that is not the biggest problem for this solution. The first and biggest obstacle is helping people understand the huge advantages of federalism. That is really where the most work needs to be done and that is where this books excels. We need more people to understand the advantages of federalism so we can build the political will to implement it. That is what all fair minded, freedom loving, and tolerant people need to start focusing on. Elect a federal government whose first priority is to let California be California and let Tennessee be Tennessee. The next time you see an issue government should address, don't think the president should do something. Think my mayor or governor should do something and the president should get out of the way and let him or her do it. We can elect a federal government that allows us to be governed the way we want. We just need to recognize the easiest, and best, way to do that is electing a federal government that allows *everyone* to be governed the way they want. EDIT:UNBELIEVABLE THAT AUDIBLE DOES NOT ALLOW PARAGRAPHS IN REVIEWS SORRY I CANT CHANGE THIS.

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  • Glynis
  • 05/10/2020

A call to all bridge builders

Thought provoking, well written with apt historical reminders and cases on both sides. Well positioned biblical principles illumine the human actions and virtues required to move forward. May this piece encourage and empower those who are looking to be bridge builders and healers where there is division and deep wounds in America.