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United America: The surprising truth about American values, American identity and the 10 beliefs that a large majority of Americans hold dear [Kindle Edition]

Wayne Baker , Brian D. McClaren
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First, this book is unique in subject. Dr. Wayne Baker is reporting a surprising truth about Americans: We are united by 10 Core Values. This truth is empowering because it enables us to rise above and see beyond political polarization, Washington gridlock, the imagery of Red/Blue states, and the rhetoric of culture wars and class warfare. In these pages, Dr. Baker shows how Americans agree on a surprising number of principles, based on years of nonpartisan, scientifically balanced polling and research.
Second, this book is exceptional in its format, designed for individual reading and flexible use in classes, small groups and other settings where men and women enjoy civil discussion about the urgent issues of our day. Educators and business leaders will find this book very useful, partly because it is so easy to adapt for your setting. You may choose to read it cover to cover or tailor it to your particular interests and preferences. You can select the chapters and values you are most eager to read about and read them in any order. Within each chapter you will find topics to contemplate and discuss, along with questions that will stimulate reflection and respectful discussion about a value, what it means, and the challenges of applying it.
Dr. Baker defines a Core American Value as a value that is strongly held by a large majority of Americans, stable over time, and shared across diverse demographic, religious, and political lines. A core value is not a prescription of what Americans ought to believe, but what Americans actually do believe.
The meaning of “core values” can be seized, manipulated, and wielded by either side of the political aisle. This book is an attempt to reclaim the concept of “core values” from those who would usurp it, and make it a more neutral term. The idea that we share certain basic values is valuable and empowering—it’s an insight that can bridge political chasms rather than deepen them.

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  • File Size: 754 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: David Crumm Media, LLC (October 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FN91A4I
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding our common ground January 27, 2014
Format:Paperback
Enough of listening to the cable pundits! Finally someone who has focused on what we agree on! Dr. Baker has taken a different route and actually researched the deeply held core values we SHARE. Not surprisingly, they can tug at each other as we hold them in balance.
This book can inform those in business seeking to understand the greater culture we are a part of, those looking for common ground after the evening news, and those who believe values are at the root of our behavior.
I would strongly recommend that you read this book and join in what Dr. Baker calls the “civil dialogue.” You will not be sorry.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Americans are more alike than we think! November 24, 2013
Format:Paperback
Sometimes Americans feel so divided. I was stunned to learn after reading Baker's book that we have WAY more in common than we realize! He has found 10 common traits we all share...regardless of race, nationality, creed or even political affiliation. Baker's book is steeped in history, supported by solid research and written in a easy-to-read style. He even has discussion questions at the end of each chapter perfect for self-reflection or a group or school discussion. This is a must read for ALL Americans. Let's find out how we are more alike than different!! Now I know why I become emotional at parades!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable tool-kit! April 4, 2014
Format:Paperback
Review of Wayne Baker’s “United America”
By Duncan Newcomer
This book is a tool and a tool-kit. As a tool it can promote dialogue across political divides because it starts with the blockbusting news from the social sciences that there are ten underlying values that Americans hold dear, values that can hold America together. As a tool-kit it offers a treasure chest (to extend the image) of apt historical background, many little-known intriguing facts, unusual and significant quotes from great Americans and great American documents, uplifting samples of blogger opinions, relevant and pointed questions, (we’re not done yet) fascinating takes on pop culture, heart-warming anecdotes, all under-scored with a broad array of highlights from a variety of contemporary academic writers. That is a full kit.
The book is valuable in the very same way that the ten core American values are valuable—that is to say that regardless of your gender, age, income, race, religion, or politics you can find this book inspiring you to live up to the values you will recognize as your own, and can begin to believe belong to others as well. You may not have thought the people on the other side of your fence shared those values with you, but you can begin to believe it.
If you believe, as many do, that a one-side media and narrow-based politicians have high-jacked our political world you’ll find growing comfort in this book. If you want motivation for greater harmony you will find that also in this book as you read the facts of just how far we all are from living up to the values we share.
This handy little book belongs in lots of college and high school class rooms, in every campaign manager’s brief case, and in thousands of small group discussions. It belongs in Congress.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this highly informative, encouraging read! May 10, 2014
By vasilia
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Baker’s “United America” struck me with optimism and relief. Every American, young and old, should read this book this year. It has such potential to help elevate the conversation in our country. At a time when the media too often spews divisive tones, and politicians seem to pick teams more fervently than they pick [and honestly work collaboratively toward solving] issues, this book reminds us that we Americans truly do hold certain core values in common. I believe we’re not the “dumb American” caricature the rest of the world sometimes makes us out to be. We ARE capable of being more mindful of whether we’re thinking critically, respectfully, and staying outcomes-focused (i.e., would this policy or this leader help us best live our values?) when it comes to tough issues and not [lazily] picking a side and rooting loudly and thoughtlessly for it. We each CAN become better at taking a more nuanced view of the issues (be it for/against strict gun control or for/against gay marriage), taking into account—as the book so eloquently explains—that each value can’t be pursued in a vacuum. Each value can jeopardize another, when taken to an extreme. Mindful balance is important as we strive to LIVE the values that we hold.

This book was a great read for a commuting young professional, as each chapter is a fulfilling and independent short read. The book is peppered with fascinating historical tidbits (who knew that Memorial Day began as an honoring by former slaves of the Union soldiers who died in a Confederate prison camp, fighting for slaves’ freedom?) and compelling personal anecdotes that help the reader find connections and common ground with the author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 7, 2014
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Dr. Wayne Baker is Chair of the Management & Organizations area at the University of Michigan Ross School Of Business, Robert P. Thome Professor of Business Administration, and Professor of Management & Organizations. He is also Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan and Faculty Associate at the Institute for Social Research. Dr. Baker has published over sixty academic articles and five books, including America's Crisis of Values: Reality and Perception (Princeton University Press). He blogs five days a week at www.OurValues.org, an online experiment in civil dialog. Prior to joining the Michigan faculty, he was on the faculty at the University of Chicago business school. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University. Dr. Baker resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


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