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  • Talking Across the Divide
  • How to Communicate with People You Disagree with and Maybe Even Change the World
  • By: Justin Lee
  • Narrated by: Justin Lee

Hope

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-19

In the polarized reality of 2019 in the United States, we could all use some hints to help us tackle thorny issues in interpersonal conversation. This book sets out a framework for productive dialogue that asks the reader/listener to try new techniques for communication. He explains the barriers we've unconsciously built in favor of our own world views, and in opposition to any change in those views.

For anyone who has experienced the frustration and hopelessness of a ruined dialogue with a family member or friend, I would recommend listening to this book more than once. I have been communicating inefficiently for some time, and it will take practice to learn a more constructive method. I expect to return to these lessons to remember to respect my dialogue partner in the hope of having that respect returned. The prospect of (at least) being understood, and the desire to repair damaged relationships is too attractive to abandon faith. I'm almost afraid to aspire to changing anyone else's mind, but the idea *is* tantalizing.

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The Standard

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-19

Mr. Bharara, a lawyer who served as a prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, walks us through the process of prosecuting a defendant. With engaging examples to elucidate pitfalls as well as successes, we learn of the phases of a prosecution.

Mr. Bharara obviously loves the Law, and the U.S. Constitution, the framework on which the American Justice System is based. He knows that the system doesn't always provide a satisfying conclusion, and it is here that I would have liked to have heard more. No system is perfect, but how to make it more perfect? That is the nagging question for me at the end. It is good to know that in the federal system of which he was a major player, there is idealism and integrity. But Justice is not only done at lofty climes. More often, it occurs in more humble environs, and it is there that the system needs more idealism, and more integrity.

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