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Palo Alto University Rotary Club – Civil Discourse Committee


Recommended Books & Background Materials

Civil Discourse 101 – Part 1

October 2022 – Listed alphabetically by author’s last name

Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay

How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide (2019)


David Brooks

The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life (2019)


Paul Chappell

Soldiers of Peace: How to Wield the Weapon of Nonviolence (2017)


Adam Grant

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know (2021)


Katherine Hayhoe

Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World (2021)


Ezra Klein

Why We’re Polarized (2020)


Steven Levitsky and Danial Ziblatt

How Democracies Die (2018)


More in Common (Stephen Hawkins, Director of Research)

Hidden Tribes: A Study of America’s Polarized Landscape (2018)


George Packer

Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal (2021)


Colin Woodward

American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America (2011)

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