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Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About The Real America
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Gotham Books
Publication date September 30, 2010
Pages 322
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781592405732
ISBN-10 1592405738
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.50 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.20 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $26.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A revolutionary new way to understand America's complex cultural and political landscape, with proof that local communities have a major impact on the nation's behavior-in the voting booth and beyond.

In a climate of culture wars and tremendous economic uncertainty, the media have often reduced America to a simplistic schism between red states and blue states. In response to that oversimplification, journalist Dante Chinni teamed up with political geographer James Gimpel to launch the Patchwork Nation project, using on-the-ground reporting and statistical analysis to get past generalizations and probe American communities in depth. The result is Our Patchwork Nation, a refreshing, sometimes startling, look at how America's diversities often defy conventional wisdom.

Looking at the data, they recognized that the country breaks into twelve distinct types of communities, and old categories like "soccer mom" and "working class" don't matter as much as we think. Instead, by examining Boom Towns, Evangelical Epicenters, Military Bastions, Service Worker Centers, Campus and Careers, Immigration Nation, Minority Central, Tractor Community, Mormon Outposts, Emptying Nests, Industrial Metropolises, and Monied Burbs, the authors demonstrate the subtle distinctions in how Americans vote, invest, shop, and otherwise behave, reflect what they experience on their local streets and in their daily lives. Our Patchwork Nation is a brilliant new way to debate and examine the issues that matter most to our communities, and to our nation.

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Hardcover
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from Gotham Books (September 30, 2010)
9781592405732 | details & prices | 322 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $26.00
About: A revolutionary new way to understand America's complex cultural and political landscape, with proof that local communities have a major impact on the nation's behavior-in the voting booth and beyond.
Paperback
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from Avery Pub Group (October 4, 2011); titled "Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the "Real" America"
9781592406708 | details & prices | 318 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $17.00
CD/Spoken Word
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With Peter Berkrot (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Tantor Media Inc (September 30, 2010); titled "Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the "Real" America"
9781400118700 | details & prices | 6.50 × 5.50 × 1.25 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $29.99

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