Union: A Democrat, a Republican, and a Search for Common Ground

Little, Brown. Jul. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9780316423793. $28. POL SCI
Here is the tale of two students who met at Yale Law School, each representing a wing of our political system, and each then experiencing the wondrous complexity of the United States but viewed from their own perspective. Attorney and former marine Blashek, a Republican, joins college friend Haugh, a staunch Democrat and former intern in the Obama White House, to begin this account tracing their time in New Haven, CT, as well as travels throughout the country, from Pheonix to Detroit; Portland, ME; New Orleans; Tulsa; and more. On the road they meet interesting people and discover more about themselves in the process. In New Orleans, both Blashek and Haugh are forced to reconcile with history and what the past says about the future. Ultimately, both men find their differences are not as important as what binds them together as citizens of this complex nation. Overall, readers are left with a message of hope, that despite differences we are more alike than different, as Americans coming to grips with the challenges of our contemporary world.
VERDICT Spanning political science, memoir, and travelog, this deeply personal account should find a broad audience.

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