I am thrilled to introduce a new author to you and tell you about her new and very timely book, “How People Get Their Politics.” It’s different, insightful, and most interesting to see how political beliefs are ingrained in us.
Our political identities are as complex as we are as human beings, though with a single label -Democrat, Republican, Independent, progressive, liberal, conservative- we’re increasingly reduced to stereotypes.
Told through the personal stories of sixteen Americans, born between 1923 and 1998, from all over the country and political spectrum, each story offers insight into how a person’s political beliefs were ingrained.
The sixteen conversations captured in How People Get Their Politics include how cancer, religion, race, and war shaped people’s politics. There are powerful immigrant stories. Two public servants share their opposite, but equally passionate, views of what would be the best policies to move America forward.
Why I wrote the book:
My idea for How People Get Their Politics was more than a decade in the making, as I witnessed the United States reach unsustainable levels of division. This book is not really about politics, it’s about understanding. I hope it can help heal the division our country is suffering. Even if we disagree with a person’s policy position, by knowing the full story, we’d at least understand what led to a position, which will allow us to find a common path forward.
Author bio – Julie Samrick is passionate about telling stories that capture the human experience. She is also the author of Murphy’s Miracle: One Dog’s Wild Journey, a story inspired by the miraculous return of a beloved golden retriever who spent two years lost in the Sierra Wilderness.
Julie lives in Northern California with her husband and four children. She holds a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley and is a credentialed high school English teacher. For more information visit juliesamrick.com
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