Teaser Tuesday: Fault Lines

Like circling a parking lot looking for a good space, the Wheel of Time has turned ’round to Teaser Tuesday.

Making my way through the books I’ve borrowed from the library, this week I’m reading Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974 by Kevin Kruse and Julian Zelizer.

The Goodreads Blurb:

Two award-winning historians explore the origins of a divided America.

If you were asked when America became polarized, your answer would likely depend on your age: you might say during Barack Obama’s presidency, or with the post-9/11 war on terror, or the culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s, or the “Reagan Revolution” and the the rise of the New Right.

For leading historians Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer, it all starts in 1974. In that one year, the nation was rocked by one major event after another: The Watergate crisis and the departure of President Richard Nixon, the first and only U.S. President to resign; the winding down of the Vietnam War and rising doubts about America’s military might; the fallout from the OPEC oil embargo that paralyzed America with the greatest energy crisis in its history; and the desegregation busing riots in South Boston that showed a horrified nation that our efforts to end institutional racism were failing.

In the years that followed, the story of our own lifetimes would be written. Longstanding historical fault lines over income inequality, racial division, and a revolution in gender roles and sexual norms would deepen and fuel a polarized political landscape. In Fault Lines, Kruse and Zelizer reveal how the divisions of the present day began almost five decades ago, and how they were widened thanks to profound changes in our political system as well as a fracturing media landscape that was repeatedly transformed with the rise of cable TV, the internet, and social media.

How did the United States become so divided? Fault Lines offers a richly told, wide-angle history view toward an answer.

The Truly Random Number Generator sends us to page 7:

Trust in government was the first thing to go.

Review: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

I laughed great big laughs & cried great big tears. There’ve been many books that’ve taught me something important, but this is one of the first books in which I’ve felt seen. I never understood that phrase until now.

What are you reading today?

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