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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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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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This book gives me hope

This book gives me hope that we just might be able to end our extremely divisive partisan politics, especially if more books like this get written from both sides. I learned a lot and the book gave me a lot to think about. It's a must read.

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Great info, poor audio experience

Mr Stern writes insightfully and with humor. His delivery as the reader made completion tough.

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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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surprisingly good

it was surprisingly good. worth while for people on both sides. twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen

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Stern evidence to stick to writing, not reading

Great writing, however, I’d never expect a writer to be an orator. This is no exception. Looking forward to more writing from Ken Stern, and I’m sure his team will find the perfect reader the next go round.

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Great listen and perspective.

I very much enjoyed the book and the journey of the author. Ken is unapologetic in his political bias, however he is very much aware of his bias and does not attempt to hide it; and I appreciate this fact very much about Ken and how he took it upon himself to exit the political bubble he had always resided in. He offers a double edged perspective on politics, and paints a very fair and honest picture of both political parties, their misdeeds, their demagoguery, and their attributes. In the end, I believe it would be hard for anyone, no matter their politics to not conclude the same as the author did; we are all very much alike and share many commonalities, where we are different is in how we approach these shared attitudes and attributes.

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A lot of stats, not enough empathy

I thought this guy was going out there to talk to the people and give an understanding of why and how, but instead it was a lot of stats and websites and talking to famous republicans. Totally missed the mark for me. Sooooo many stats I became easily distracted. I’m disappointed.

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enlightened enough to become neither

the author did work towards a goal of seeing things "from the other side" and eventually found that both sides have positive and negative aspects. maybe his follow up book will delve into the question of "who pays for it?"

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Maybe Republican, But Not Like Me

Marvelous titling hooked me. I appreciate any Hobart Street liberal who would exert Stern’s effort to understand his socio-Politico-spiritual others. That is an act of love. But finally the title misleads: Stern nowhere self-identifies as a Republican and seems to own “the muddy middle” as his political home. I learned from listening and am most grateful to experience him as an Other with whom I can find a lot of common affections, desires, and fears. But he is hardly Republican like me or like most conservatives I know. Brilliant marketing, nonetheless.