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Going to Extremes: How Like Minds Unite and Divide Paperback – 1 March 2011

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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (1 March 2011)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 210 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0199754128
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0199754120
  • Dimensions : 20.57 x 13.72 x 1.52 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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"A path-breaking exploration of the perils and possibilities created by polarization among the like-minded."―Kathleen Hall Jamieson, co-author of unSpun and Echo Chamber


"Cass Sunstein has written Going to Extremes for those confounded by a country that remains stubbornly polarized. In clear, precise language, he explains that extremism is a consequence of the company we keep. He challenges not only what we think, but how we come to our beliefs, and he demonstrates that diversity of thought is the one ingredient necessary for both a healthy state and a working democracy." --Bill Bishop, author of The Big Sort "A path-breaking exploration of the perils and possibilities created by polarization among the like-minded."--Kathleen Hall Jamieson, co-author of unSpun and Echo Chamber "Sunstein's book poses a powerful challenge to anyone concerned with the future of our democracy. He reveals the dark side to our cherished freedoms of thought, expression and participation. New strategies and new designs are required to make political discussion the constructive force our ideals prescribe. His book initiates an urgent dialogue which any thoughtful citizen should be interested in." --James S. Fishkin, author of When the People Speak "Harvard law professor Sunstein (Radicals in Robes) explores the nature of group decision making, largely expounding on his contention that homogenous groups of like-minded people tend to adopt more extreme positions than groups with a diversity of opinions.... As President Obama's nominee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Sunstein's ideas...[have] attained a level of national importance."--Publishers Weekly "Cass Sunstein's work and theories have never been more important."--Seed "meant to unsettle us in the way his earlier work did"--Slate "An excellent study of the conditions that drive events like the financial crisis...a valuable survey of research pertinent to managers in various areas of finance, and it suggests a range of practical, utilizable approaches to improving decision-making processes."--The Investment Professional "A fun book to read...Sunstein is a brilliant writer, learned and clever."--Contemporary Sociology

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