The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded American is Tearing Us Apart

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In 2004, journalist Bill Bishop coined the term "the big sort." Armed with startling new demographic data, he made national news in a series of articles showing how Americans have been sorting themselves into alarmingly homogeneous communities -- not by region or by state, but by city and even neighborhood. Over the past three decades, we have been choosing the neighborhood (and church and news show) compatible with our lifestyle and beliefs. The result is a country that has become so polarized, so ideologically inbred that people don't know and can't understand those who live a few miles away. How this came to be, and its dire implications for our country, is the subject of this ground-breaking work.

In The Big Sort, Bishop has taken his analysis to a new level. He begins with stories about how we live today and then draws on history, economics and our changing political landscape to create one of the most compelling big-picture accounts of America in recent memory.
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BILL BISHOP was a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman when he began research on city growth and political polarization with the sociologist and statistician Robert Cushing. Bishop has worked as a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader, and, with his wife, owned and operated the Bastrop County Times, a weekly newspaper in Smithville, Texas. He lives in Austin.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Published on
May 11, 2009
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Pages
384
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ISBN
9780547525198
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Language
English
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Genres
Political Science / Political Process / Campaigns & Elections
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Bill Bishop
The New Revolutionary Way To Build A Successful Business In A Post-Product World

If you are trying to build a successful business in todays economy, read this book. Authored by Bill Bishop, one of the worlds leading business coaches to entrepreneurial companies, this book outlines a new, revolutionary way to build a successful business in a post-product world.

For the past 200 years, weve built companies around specific products and services, Bishop says. But that product-first model is now obsolete due to accelerating change, increasing competition, and instant communication. Companies that keep using these old models will fail to grow, and may even go out of business all together.

To be successful in this new environment, you need to use a new post-product business model, one built around relationships, not products. This model, while simple in its structure, is revolutionary because it creates a completely different kind of company; an enterprise that prospers because it takes advantage of accelerating change, increasing competition, and instant communication.

Based on Bill Bishops work coaching more than 4,000 companies over a 25-year period, this book will open your eyes to incredible possibilities and opportunities, and get you excited again about your business. As Bishop says: Once you understand this new model, you realize that our society has only created 1% of the worlds potential value, that another 99% of new wealth is possible for people who are willing to think differently.

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