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Beyond a House Divided: The Moral Consensus Ignored by Washington, Wall Street, and the Media Paperback – November 2, 2010

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“Anderson, head of the Catholic fraternal organization Knights of Columbus, argues in this slender book—the publication of which coincides with the 2010 elections—that Americans have a “moral consensus” on key social issues that goes unrecognized amid politically partisan gridlock. Using polling data gathered by the Marist College Institute of Public Opinion as well as other surveys, Anderson highlights positions and values that significant numbers of Americans support… This book is too small to make a completely persuasive argument, but its findings deserve further examination and discussion.” – Publishers Weekly

About the Author

As Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Carl A. Anderson is the CEO and chairman of the board of the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization, with more than 1.7 million members. He is the author or co-author of four books – two of which have been New York Times best-sellers. In the decade since Anderson assumed the responsibilities of Supreme Knight in 2000, the Knights of Columbus have achieved new heights in charitable giving. During that time, the Knights have donated $1.4 billion directly to charity, while volunteering 640 million hours to charitable causes. A member of the bar of the District of Columbia, he and his wife Dorian are the parents of five children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Image (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030788774X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307887740
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,562,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carl Anderson's "Beyond a House Divided" is a highly-readable (130 pgs) and thought-provoking work on public opinion in the United States. When it comes to the (ostensibly) most "divisive" issues of the day (presumably as measured by the level of vitriol in debates and discussions on them), Anderson argues, Americans are largely on the same page. Running the gamut from religious freedom, to abortion, to marriage, and market ethics, "Beyond a House Divided" is a cool-headed examination of the "quiet consensus" that exists in the U.S. One might be surprised to learn, for example, that 81% of Americans agree that it is possible to have laws which protect not only the health and well-being of a pregnant woman, but also the life of the unborn child inside of her. While discussions on these important issues are often fraught with emotion, name-calling and reactionary impulses, this book illustrates that there is much more common ground than we would expect. One area of agreement in the U.S. is unsettling, however: over two-thirds of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. By illustrating what we have in common, "Beyond a House Divided" gives readers hope that we can get out of this mess together.
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I couldn't put this one down! This book is a great quick read. There are a lot of great and surprising statistics. Traditional moral values are winning and no one told us! Politicians need to focus on more than just economics. Character and ethics matter more.
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Excellent job presenting the facts - and the survey data to back them up - about what Americans agree on and how this consensus is ignored and misrepresented.
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This is a wonderful book that gives you an alternative perspective on what our moral standards as a nation should be. Survey results are surprising and reassuring. There IS a moral consensus!
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The title says it all. This is a book you don't hear much about however it
is a book that will wake one up to the problems we face as a country.
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