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Palo Alto University Rotary Club – Civil Discourse Committee


Recommended Books & Background Materials

“Civil Discourse 101 - Part 3”

October 2022 – Listed alphabetically by author’s last name

Arthur C. Brooks

Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt (2019)


Stephen L. Carter

Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy (1998)


Amy Chua

Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations (2018)


Sharon Ellison

Taking the War Out of Our Words: The Art of Powerful Non-Defensive Communication (1998)


Roger Fisher and William Ury

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In (1981)


Francis Fukuyama

Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment (2018)


Mark Gerzon

The Reunited States of America: How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide (2016)


Marshall Rosenberg

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life (2nd ed. 2003)


Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (2nd ed. 2010)


Deborah Tannen

The Argument Culture: Moving From Debate to Dialogue (1998)


Jay Van Bavel and Dominic Packer

The Power of Us: Harnessing Our Shared Identities to Improve Performance, Increase Cooperation, and Promote Social Harmony (2021)



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