• Fractured

  • Why Our Societies Are Coming Apart and How We Put Them Back Together Again
  • By: Jon Yates
  • Narrated by: Sid Sagar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This landmark book tackles a deceptively simple idea: the more we spend time with people unlike ourselves, doing things together, the more understanding, tolerant and even friendly we become.

Combining fresh analysis with a wealth of fascinating examples, Jon Yates demonstrates the ways in which our societies have become disconnected, so that most of us spend less and less time with people who are different - as defined by age, race or class, earning power or education.

By answering a series of surprising questions, Yates reveals a set of truths that will change the way you think about yourself and those around you. What unites the England football team, the iPod and Singapore? How did a city that funded its schools the least become the best place to grow up poor? How did Silicon Valley come from nowhere to dominate the tech industry? How did a village of Italian Americans become incredibly healthy while smoking cigars, drinking red wine and never exercising? And why is talking to our friends about politics the worst thing we can do for our democracy?

Fractured is ultimately an optimistic book, showing convincingly how great people are when they're united in diversity. It argues that the pandemic has created an unprecedented opportunity for us to come together. So we must forge a new ‘Common Life’ - a set of shared practises and institutions - that can strengthen the glue that bonds our societies, in all their diversity.

For the health of our democracy, our society and our economy, the time to act is now.

©2021 Jon Yates (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"This perceptive and timely book not only diagnoses our societal ills, but offers an easily digestible prescription. Jon Yates has a rare gift for clear expression of complex ideas. I finished this book with my optimism restored, and you will too." (Iain Dale, author of Why Can't We All Just Get Along)

"If you care about social division or worry about the decline of community, this is the book that will make sense of it for you. As entertaining as it is informative it helps you understand the drivers behind our fractured society. Most importantly it uses Yates' experiences as both a government policy maker and charity founder to help us understand not merely what is driving the fractures, but how we might heal them." (Brendan Cox, international campaigner and activist)

"This book is a must-read for everyone who is troubled by the current and growing divisions, hatred and abuse - and for anyone who wants to understand how to build unity and common purpose. Written in a very accessible style, supported by compelling examples and case studies, I cannot recommend it highly enough." (Professor Ted Cantle CBE, chair of the Belong Network for Cohesion and Integration)

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