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Republican Like Me Audiobook

Republican Like Me: How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right

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Publisher's Summary

The former CEO of NPR set out for conservative America to find out why these people are so wrong about everything. It turns out they weren'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 Republican - even 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 led him to change his mind and his view of an increasingly polarized America.

©2017 Ken Stern (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    KJ Wisconsin USA 11-18-17
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    "Not sure he learned to love the right"

    The title and cover illustration are a little bit misleading & possibly condescending but they did get me to listen to the book. Maybe that was the author's goal. He spent a good amount of time reinforcing the leftist views on climate change and abortion. I applaud him for getting out of the bubble though and agree that would be good for everyone to do on occasion. I can't believe the disdain his family & friends had for him at his suggestion that he wanted to "talk to Republicans" but I'm glad he did.

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    Amazon Customer 11-18-17
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    "Every Republican and Democrat should read this."

    The author listened to both sides and found we are all human and we must realize that we don't know any thing we haven't learned from others. We must always keep our ears, minds and hearts open to the views of others.

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    Anonymous 11-15-17
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    "finds the real issue in America"

    it went really fast and had me wanting to study the issues more. it's not earth shattering in it's revelations, just eye opening because we all see the problem every day. It just takes someone to help us actually acknowledge it. Ken does a great job of comfortably showing us what should be a very uncomfortable problem. one that every American should want to fix.

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    David Carlsbad, NM, United States 11-13-17
    David Carlsbad, NM, United States 11-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Stats are good his faith not so much"

    His climate change “settled science” came across as his religion ... science is never settled! Some of his argument were cogent however i.e. natural gas and nuclear.

    Should have had much more regarding IRS attacks on Tea Party and the demonstrated tyranny of government in general.

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    Mark T Owens 11-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A big waste of tim A big waste A big waste of time and money of time and money e and money"

    One of the most boring books ever. Put me to sleep. Don’t listen and drive!

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    R. T. Pirtle Great Plains, USA 10-28-17
    R. T. Pirtle Great Plains, USA 10-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Worth a listen or read."

    This is a laudable attempt to understand both sides of the arguments that define the political parties. As someone who spent my working life in broadcasting I will tell you that news reporters are either biased, incompetent, lazy or all to rarely "fair and balanced". This is a unusual trait, rarely seen. This is a good effort with the writer being upfront with his biases and it's worth your money and time.

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    sixlittleducks 10-28-17
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    "Liberal 2.0"

    Unfortunately, Ken has only plastered his face against his liberal bubble..straining desperately to understand the world outside the bubble. Just like bubble boy, viewing it from inside the bubble and taking detailed notes doesn't' substitute for actually leaving the bubble and taking a deep breath of fresh air.
    Thanks for trying Ken, but your still a liberal.

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    Anonymous 10-28-17
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    "Insightful but monotone and a bit misleading"

    I greatly appreciate Kens project and wish more would follow his example from both sides of the political spectrum. However, objectively, the book was a bit thick headed and didn't seem to be organized/themed as well as it could be. Many times I was left wondering what the content of each chapter had in common with other content in each chapter. It may have exacerbated my perception, but Kens monotonic and sometimes slurred reading made it a little challenging to hold my attention.

    In all a great project and a very respectable effort rich with data and fairmindedness. However, I found the title and cover of the book were a bit misleading.

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