"Divided Politics, Divided Nation: Hyperconflict in the Trump Era" (Brookings Press, 2019)

The United States is caught in a partisan hyperconflict that divides politicians, communities, and even families. Drawing on his personal experiences growing up on a dairy farm in rural Ohio, teaching in the liberal Ivy League, and working in the heart of the D.C. establishment, Darrell West analyzes the political, economic, and cultural aspects of polarization. He uses conversations with family members and friends, news articles, public opinion data, and social media posts to explain why liberals and conservatives are angry with each other.

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University of Missouri, St. Louis, "Divided Politics," April 17, 2019 (TED-style talk; 14 minutes)

Larry Rifkin's American Trends, "Divided Politics book", June 25, 2019 (37 minutes)

Glenn Loury Video Podcast, "Divided Politics," June 7, 2019, (45 minutes)

Alain Guillot podcast, "Why is America So Divided?" June 10, 2019, (30 minutes)

Celeste Katz, NYC WBAI radio, "Divided Politics," May 9, 2019 (20 minutes) (interview starts at 9 minute point)

Jeff Schechtman's Specific Gravity podcast, "Divided Politics", May 1, 2019 (27 minutes)

MSNBC Stephanie Ruhle TV Show, "Will People Vote Differently in 2020 After the Mueller Report?", April 2019, 2019 (4 minutes)

MSNBC Stephanie Ruhle TV show, "Divided Politics," April 3, 2019 (7 minutes)

Brookings Institution Book Forum, "Divided Politics, Divided Nation," March 25, 2019 (58 minutes)

C-SPAN TV, "Divided Politics, Divided Nation", March 18, 2019 (58 minutes)

Bold TV, "Divided Politics," April 26, 2019 (12 minutes)

Brookings Institution Audio Podcast, "The Roots of Divided Politics", April 3, 2019 (30 minutes)

American Free Thought podcast, "Divided Politics", April 7, 2019 (40 minutes)

Brookings Institution, "Inside the Ivy League College Admissions Process," March 15, 2019

Brookings Institution, "My Personal Journey Through Polarized America," March 6, 2019

Go Local Prov video, "Darrell West Discusses New Book," March 21, 2019 (12 minutes)

Brown Daily Herald, "Advancement Office Arranges Meetings Between Faculty, Certain Prospective Students," March 21, 2019

Susan Page, USA Today, "Confront or Ignore: What History Says President Trump Should Do in the State of the Union Address," January 31, 2019

Ian Master's Background Briefing Radio Show, January 22, 2019