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3.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 5 3.43 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dante Chinni, James Gimpel Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781400188703
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In a climate of culture wars and tremendous economic uncertainty, America is often reduced 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. These communities include

  • 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.

By examining these populations, the authors demonstrate that 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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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 3/9/2011

    " A brilliant idea ruined by reduction to a series of shallow anecdotes with little effort to include statistical analysis and sampling, etc.

    Note worth the time or money. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 2/5/2011

    " Interesting overview of the types of communities that make up America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 11/24/2010

    " A great effort on understanding the differences in America. Love the section on the Economy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 11/23/2010

    " Interesting premise, though very difficult to listen to in audio book format due to the number of tables and charts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 11/12/2010

    " Just a really smart way of breaking down the differences in America. It takes you to different places and explores different communities without being judgmental. And helps explain a lot of the oddities in opinion in you see on the news and read in the paper. A great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 11/9/2010

    " An excellent concept adequately done. I didn't feel the representative towns were the best choices, and I felt some oversimplifications in some of the journalistic conclusions. But overall I think the sociological framework developed is quite useful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 11/3/2010

    " 12 different types of archetypal American communities "

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About the Author

Dante Chinni, since the run-up to the 2008 presidential election, has been the correspondent for the Patchwork Nation project, which he invented. He has been a journalist for over two decades, serving stints at Newsweek and the Christian Science Monitor. His work has also been published in the Washington Post Magazine, the Economist, the New Republic, and other publications. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and two children.

About the Narrator

Peter Berkrot, a forty-year veteran of stage and screen, was the director of narration for the Emmy-nominated The Truth about Cancer. He has voiced over three hundred audiobook titles, winning six Earphones Awards, a 2012 Audie Award nomination, and a 2016 Audie Award. He has appeared in Showtime’s Brotherhood and Loosies and played Angie D’Annunzio in Caddyshack.