The United States is hurting. Communities are collapsing, and political polarization is on the rise. According to US Senator Ben Sasse, the surprising cause behind America’s growing dysfunction is loneliness – sparked by technology and the decline of traditional person-to-person ties. These feelings of isolation are driving Americans to turn on one another. But, Sasse claims, by rediscovering how to truly connect with one another, rather than just picking sides, America can begin to heal. If you aren’t aware of Sasse’s politics, don’t research his party affiliation or opinions before you read this. If you are aware, and disagree with his political stances, or if you’re rubbed the wrong way by personal details he shares, keep reading. That’s the point. This book is about listening, not politics. It is about learning to communicate with and understand people of different beliefs and backgrounds. Sasse, an engaging storyteller, does a good job of presenting perspectives from both the left and right – thus modeling the kind of interaction he sees as vital to the health of the republic. His examples are American, but his concepts are applicable globally.
About the Author
Historian Ben Sasse served as Midland University’s president for five years before being elected US Senator for the Republican Party from Nebraska, his home state, in 2014.