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Ten things to read to gain an understanding of America

By Noah Smith  /  Bloomberg

These books and papers don’t touch on all the changes coursing through the US. A number of very important trends are omitted — changing gender roles, gay rights and the stunning and rapid decline of Christianity, to name just three. A full understanding of the trends affecting American society would require one to read more books and papers than I can personally recommend. But the basic trends outlined in the list above — rising diversity and racial division, inequality and the discontents of a free-market world, political polarization, and the threats of foreign competition and slowing growth — are essential to making sense of the turmoil and chaos roiling the superpower.

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