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Palo Alto University Rotary Club – Civil Discourse Committee


Recommended Books & Background Materials

“Civil Discourse 101 – Part 2”

October 2022 – Listed alphabetically by author’s last name

Peter Coleman

The Way Out: How to Overcome Toxic Polarization (2021)


Malcolm Gladwell

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know (2019)


Judith Glaser

Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust and Get Extraordinary Results (2014).  

See also Creating WE Institute for more recent ideas based on her work.


Mónica Guzmán

I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times (2022)


Jonathan Haidt

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (2012)

See also The Constructive Dialogue Institute for more ideas based on his work.


Daniel Kemmis

Citizens Uniting to Restore Our Democracy (2020)


Liliana Mason

How Politics Became Our Identity (2018)


Robert Putnam with Shaylyn Romney Garrett

The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again (2020)


Jonathan Rauch

The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth (2021)


Amanda Ripley

High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out (2021)

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