Bridging Divisions and Saving Democracy: New Book by Anand Giridharadas


“Don’t talk about politics at work.” “10 tips to avoid talking about politics at the dinner table.” “Why politics tear families apart.” The headlines and strategies for avoidance are rampant, but what are the strategies for dialogue in an age of division?

In his highly anticipated new book, The Persuaders, Anand Giridharadas gives readers a veritable how-to guide (“A New Playbook for Saving Democracy“) on what it takes to build bridges and change minds in the face of our imperiled democracy and proto-fascist movements. He introduces us to activists, educators, politicians, and everyday citizens fighting disinformation and mass delusion, and persuading, every day.

As The New York Times noted in recent book review: “While the world seems to counsel despair, The Persuaders is animated by a sense of possibility: ‘Sometimes there were cracks that let a new thought in.’” Giridharadas is taking this sense of activism and possibility to the podium, speaking to organizations and communities across the country about why not engaging in discussion and debate is not only lazy, it’s dangerous, and sharing what he’s learned about how to engage in dialogue:

  • Make it make sense – find meaning-making connections.
  • Create a strategy for belonging and being part of something.
  • Invite people in and inspire them by telling a better story.

The Persuaders is the book we need right now….Persuading in a time of extremes is not easy, but Giridharadas proves it’s possible. Readers will walk away more optimistic and more capable of forging coalitions in their own lives and in the world.”—Heather McGhee, author of The Sum of Us

Anand Giridharadas is the New York Times-bestselling author of Winners Take All and is one of today’s leading influencers and changemakers. A frequent contributor to MSNBC and publisher of the newsletter The.Ink, Giridharadas spent more than a decade as a foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times and has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Time.

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