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The Road to Somewhere

The New Tribes Shaping British Politics
Narrated by: Simon Bubb
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Road to Somewhere by David Goodhart, read by Simon Bubb.

Many Remainers reported waking up the day after the Brexit vote feeling as if they were living in a foreign country. In fact, they were merely experiencing the same feeling that many British people have felt every day for years. Fifty years ago, people in leafy North London and people in working-class Northern towns could vote for a Labour party that broadly encompassed all of their interests. Today their priorities are poles apart.

In this groundbreaking and timely book, Goodhart shows us how people have come to be divided into two camps: the 'Anywheres', who have 'achieved' identities, derived from their careers and education, and the 'Somewheres', who get their identity from a sense of place and from the people around them, and who feel a sense of loss due to mass immigration and rapid social change.

In a world increasingly divided by Brexit and Trump, Goodhart shows how Anywheres must come to understand and respect Somewhere values to stand a fighting chance against the rise of populism.

©2017 David Goodhart (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks

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Excellent analysis of a split UK society

This is one of the most intelligent, well researched and accessible books on the great divide in the UK brought into focus by the Brexit referendum.

It respectfully explodes the myth that those voting to leave the EU are racist and xenophobes, while explaining why those wishing to remain in the EU struggle to see or understand those who do not agree with them.

Most impressive is the author’s grasp and understanding of social psychology which has been ignored by those in power at their peril.

This is a must read for anyone truly wishing to understand the UK’s direction of travel.

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Fantastic and insightful book

A brilliant book which gets the the heart of Britain's most serious political divides. Emphasises the vital importance of culture and identity for the silent majority.

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Very insightful

This sums up the current national populist movement seen in America and the EU. For a long time I've been trying to figure out why this is happening and this explains the concerns the somewhere's have. I think any remainer should listen to this who is interested in building bridges.
If you liked this book I can recommend any book by Jonathan Haidt or Yuval Harari.

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Essential reading or listening

This book is pivotal to understanding Britain's contemporary politics. Every commentator should listen. Truly excellent.

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excellent analysis

Very insightful And well presented analysis of the dividing lines in society and politics. well worth a listen

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Transformative

This audiobook has completely changed my mind regarding the decision to leave the European Union, the quest for Scottish independence, why the Labour party lost the last election, and why the political landscape does not seem so black-and-white or polarised to the left and right as I always felt it was. Compelling arguments and full of optimism.

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could the author just run the country

should be compulsory reading for every politician to help them understand the world outside Westminster

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Every Brexit Remainer should read this

This is the only book that I started to listen to again immediately after finishing. I bought the paperback to refer back to. David Goodhart has written a book that captures a considerable slice of the discontent of ordinary people. Well done that man!

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Today's actual fault line

A persuasive case for why the left-right divide is no longer the most relevant conceptual tool to makes sense of contemporary developments, such as Brexit and Trump; and the somewhere-anywhere divide is a much more useful conceptual tool to understand today's world.

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Informative and Plausible

Time for us “nowheres” to take note of the “somewheres”. Not only sound analysis but sensible sounding solutions.