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November 23, 2015 - CAMBRIDGE, MA

New Book "Wedged" Uncovers Roots of Political Polarization and Hyperpartisanship

Authors Erik Fogg and Nathaniel Greene bring "beautiful, concise, powerful, and illuminating" explanation of growing US political polarization and partisanship with "extremely valuable" steps for citizens to fight it.

MIT Political Science grad Erik Fogg and YPO-inducted CEO Nathaniel Greene debunk the common wisdom on the causes of US political polarization in their new book, "Wedged: How You Became a Tool of the Partisan Political Establishment, and How to Start Thinking For Yourself Again." This new understanding comes at a critical time as the United States grapples with congressional gridlock and a heated presidential campaign.

The book illustrates the process of growing political polarization in the United States and, backed by a wealth of evidence, shows how political and economic incentives drive politicians and political media to use highly emotional "wedge issues" to win loyal voters and viewers. Fogg and Greene show that the growing sophistication of these tactics has infected the political dialogue of the American people, creating a self-feeding machine of political acrimony and gridlock. Bridge Alliance co-founder John Steiner hails Wedged as "beautiful, concise, powerful, and illuminating writing... a real gift to the field."

Mark Gerzon, bestselling author of Leading Through Conflict and The Reunited States of America: How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide, praises the work as "a lightning bolt of hope in a dark and stormy sky." 

An improved understanding of the root causes of growing partisanship gives readers the ability to begin reversing the trend of polarization by attacking these root causes directly, going past the typical appeals for compromise or calls for more cooperative political candidates. Professor Stephen R Balzac, author of Organizational Psychology for Managers, adds, "the book's advice on how to recognize this process and escape from it is extremely valuable and offers hope for the future."

"Wedged" is available in paperback and kindle format on Amazon. More can be learned at the website Wedged Nation.

About the Authors:
Erik Fogg gained his bachelor and master of science in Political Science from MIT. He has been writing and blogging about politics for ten years and currently runs Something to Consider, a transpartisan media outlet.

Nathaniel Greene has studied at Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard universities. He has lived, worked, and studied in Asia, Europe, and North America, starting and leading Stroud International, a global operations and management consultancy.