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Balkanized America

The past, present and future of our always-divided federation.

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In this politically volatile time, we tend to think of America as divided in half. In reality, America is divided into eleven distinct nations: regions that ignore state lines and international boundaries and bear the cultural legacy of their original settlers. In “Balkanized America,” award-winning journalist Colin Woodard explores the eleven nations of America and reveals how centuries-old values inform our attitudes on every thing from capital punishment to healthcare. Woodard is the author of five books, including American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America and its sequel, American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good.